Seward's Resurrection Bay is the gateway into the Kenai Fjords. Lower Resurrection Bay offers four Alaska Marine State Parks accessible by boat, water taxi or kayak. Camping is permitted. Each park presents a unique experience along the rugged outer coast. Top destinations include Sandspit Marine Park on Fox Island, Thumb Cove Marine Park, Kayaker Cove, Eldorado Narrows (right), Caines Head Recreation Area, Bear Glacier and Cape Resurrection.
Day Harbor (Maps) is immediately east of Resurrection Bay. The harbor is noted for its towering sea cliffs and cascading waterfalls along the Resurrection Peninsula. Top destinations are the Alaska State Marine Parks located in Driftwood Bay and Safety Cove. The east shore of Day Harbor has two protected anchorages: Bowen Anchorage and Anchor Cove. At the harbor's head is Ellsworth Valley and the terminus of Ellsworth Glacier (left) which has retreated 5 miles, since 1909.
Immediately southwest of Resurrection Bay is Aialik Bay located in the heart of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Top destinations include Verdant Cove, Coleman Bay, Holgate Arm, Aialik Glacial Basin (Map), Abra Cove and Pedersen Lagoon area. Spectacular Cliff Bay (right) is at the entrance to Aialik Bay.
The best kept secret on the Alaska coast! Northwestern Fjord (Map) is a great place to spend time beachcombing, hiking and paddling. In summer, hundreds of harbor seals inhabit the icy upper fjord. Best spots include: Otter Cove, Ribbonfall Cove, and Northwestern, Anchor and Ogive Glaciers. The fjord is more remote and less visited than Aialik Bay.
Nuka Island (Map) is part of the Kachemak Bay State Park. The entire Nuka Bay area including; Nuka Island and Nuka Passage are among the most desirable places to explore. Scores of reliable landing beaches afford excellent access and camping. The Nuka Bay region is legendary for its abundance of eagles, seals, and former gold mines.