Exploring Alaska's Kenai Fjords Guidebook

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Top Destinations

Resurrection Bay

Kenai Fjords National Park

State Marine Parks

Day Harbor

Aialik Bay (KFNP)

Northwestern Fjord (KFNP)

Nuka Island

Kenai Fjords Maps

Day Harbor Maps

Northwestern Fjord (photos)

Northwestern Fjord

Eight major glaciers flow into this steeply-walled embayment, with Northwestern Glacier (right) at the fjord's head.

Since the early 1900s, (marking the end of the Little Iceage: 1600 to 1900) is when Northwestern Glacier began to withdraw from its teminal moraine. For many decades the terminal moraine and icebergs blocked vessels from entering into Northwestern Fjord. Overtime, a narrow channel (Northwest Passage) was gouged-out, across the terminal moraine by icebergs and strong tidal currents. Today, Northwest Passage provides the only safe vessel entry into the Northwestern Fjord enclave. See: Northwestern Fjord Map.

Ribbonfall Cove

The inviting cream-colored beaches of Ribbonfall Cove (left) are comprised of gritty granite powder. Behind the beachfront an extensive tidal lagoon and wetlands area fill the valley floor.

The shoreline of Ribbonfall Cove invites easy hiking, especially at lower stages of the tide. The best time to hike the upland terrain is in late spring before the intense, summer vegitation covers the wetlands and hillsides.