Located on the southeastern Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai National Park is a pristine and rugged land supporting many unaltered natural environments and ecosystems.
The fjords are long, steep-sided, glacier-carved valleys that are now filled with ocean waters. A mountain platform, one mile high, rises above this dramatic coastline. The 300-square mile Harding Icefield, 35 miles long and 20 miles wide mantle the mountains. Only isolated mountain peaks interrupt its nearly flat, snow-clad surface. Exit Glacier, spilling off the ice field, is accessible by road.
The park’s wildlife includes mountain goats, moose, bears, wolverines, marmots and other land mammals who have established themselves on a thin life zone between marine waters and the ice field’s frozen edges. Bald eagles nest in the tops of spruce and hemlock trees. Thousands of seabirds, including puffins, kittiwakes, and murres seasonally inhabit the steep cliffs and rocky shores. Kayakers, fishermen, and visitors on tour boats share the fjord waters with stellar sea lions, harbor seals, Dall porpoises, sea otters, humpback, killer and minke whales.