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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Resurrection Bay

Thumb Cove, Resurrection Bay

Thumb Cove stands out as one of the most spectacular and accessable kayak base camps in Resurrection Bay. It lies 8 nautical miles south of Seward. Thumb Cove State Marine Park occupies the cove's head and south beach area (right). Excellent camping can be found in the woods behind the beach berm.

Sandspit Point, State Marine Park, Alaska

Fox Island's Sandspit Point State Marine Park (left) is a terrific base camp destination. Sandspit Lagoon is a good spot to see waterfowl, sea otters, ravens and eagles. Fox Island is the largest of the 5 Resurrection Bay Islands located at the entrance of the bay. Sandspit Point sits adjacent to Eldorado Narrows and the remarkable basalt sea cliffs of Resurrection Peninsula.

Callisto Head and Bear Glacier

Located in lower Resurrection Bay, Bear Glacier (right) is 12 miles long and one of the largest glaciers draining from the Harding Icefield. Its terminus sits in a large glacial lake, two miles from tidewater. For safety, I recommend hiring a water taxi or Kayak guide service to access Bear Glacier Lake. A dangerous shallow bar that accentuated the gulf swell at the stream entrance can create hazardous sea conditions.

Pillar Point, Resurrection Bay

Pillar Point is located in lower Resurrection Bay where scores of scenic rock islets and pinnacles jut from the sea. The inhospitable islets and perpendicular cliffs provide perfect habitat for an abundant collection of marine birds. The lower bay is exposed to the open ocean and a swell is almost always present. Bottom fishing for halibut and trolling for silver salmon are favored activities in lower Resurrection Bay.