Exploring Alaska's Kenai Fjords Guidebook

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Kenai Fjords National Park

State Marine Parks

Day Harbor

Aialik Bay (KFNP)

Northwestern Fjord (KFNP)

Nuka Island

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Ellsworth Glacier, Day Harbor

In 1787, Captain Portlock marked a 2.5-nm wide indention on his chart and named the location Day's Harbor. Today, the harbor is a backyard destination for mariners escaping the vessel traffic in Resurrection Bay. The extremely rugged Resurrection Peninsula forms the western shore of the harbor. Two secure anchorages lie along the harbor's eastern shoreline - Anchor Cove and Bowen Anchorage. Davidson Point (right) is located at the mouth of Driftwood Bay .

Bootlegger Cove, Day Harbor

Bootleg Cove (left) and lagoon are hidden wonders of Day Harbor. Bootleg Cove is a tiny indention with an ideal sandy haulout beach for kayaks and inflatables. Vessels should not attempt to enter the small, shallow cove, but instead anchor outside the cove during periods of calm weather. Adjacent to Bootleg Cove is Bootleg Lagoon, about 40 acres in size. The lagoon is rarely visited and a great place to observe waterfowl like merganser, harlequin and goldeneye ducks. River otters, eagles and black bears are abundant, especially in fall.

Ellsworth Glacier

Ellsworth Glacier (right) dominates the head of Ellsworth Valley. This land-based glacier sits about 4 miles from tidewater. In the past century, not only has Ellsworth Glacier continued to retreat up the valley floor, but also the glacier's surface elevation and thickness have diminished. A large iceberg laced lake sits at the glacier's terminus.