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PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Kenai Fjords National Park is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has some information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Kenai Fjords National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Alaska and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Kenai Fjords National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Alaska and the local community for more detailed information.

Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed

Kenai Fjords National Park currently has visitors centers, stores, or other facilities closed due to Covid-19. It is highly suggested that you bring all the supplies you may need in case a store is closed or shopping is limited due to local communities or the park. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Alaska and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 16, 2021
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About Kenai Fjords National Park

The Kenai Fjords National Park was established on December 2, 1980, under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) to preserve in perpetuity unique fjord and rainforest ecosystems, the vast Harding Icefield, rich and varied marine and terrestrial wildlife, and historical and archeological reminders of the native peoples of the Alaska coast. In addition, Kenai Fjords National Park also provides for visitor enjoyment and access to the coastal fjords, Exit Glacier, and the Harding Icefield in a manner that maintains them unimpaired for future generations.

Sweeping from rocky coastline to glacier-crowned peaks, Kenai Fjords National Park is located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, 128 miles southwest of Anchorage. The park is accessible by car, bus, train, boat, and plane. Kenai Fjords is approximately 601,839 acres including 545 miles of coastline, rugged and glaciated mountains, numerous glaciers, fjords, and bays, and abundant terrestrial and marine wildlife.

Kenai Fjords National Park encompasses a coastal mountain system on the southeastern side of the Kenai Peninsula. A 300-square-mile, nearly flat icefield overlies all but the tops of the central portion of the Kenai Mountains. The Harding lcefield, Kenai Fjords crowning feature and largest icefield contained completely within the United States is almost a mile above the Gulf of Alaska. Nearly 40 glaciers radiate out from the icefield in all directions. To the southeast they descend to a fjord system. Mountain ridges extend out into the Gulf of Alaska; their seaward ends have been depressed by tectonic forces so that only mountain tops remain above sea level. Glaciers carve the valleys between these jagged ridges, and fjords are created when ocean waters replace receding glaciers. Wildlife thrives in frigid waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Native Alutiiq relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.

Kenai Fjords National Park has something for everyone. Whether you take atour or kayak in a remote fjord, you will be surrounded by pristine scenery and abundant wildlife. A hike to the top of the Harding Icefield Trail or scenic overflight gives you a window to past ice ages. At Exit Glacier you can stroll the trails, take a ranger-led walk, and get close enough to hear the creaks and groans of an active glacier as it slowly sculpts the landscape. Although much of the park is rugged wilderness, there are ways to explore for all interests and abilities. Boat tours depart Seward’s small boat harbor daily in the summer months. Several companies provide a variety of tour options, schedules, and amenities. Full-day tours that venture out to the park’s tidewater glaciers are available as well as half-day tours that stay in the more protected waters of Resurrection Bay while giving you a taste of the park’s wildlife and scenery.

The park’s headquarters and information center are located in the town of Seward, Alaska. The Exit Glacier area is accessible by road, approximately 12 miles from Seward. Additional access to the park is by small plane or by one of the many commercial tour and charter boats that ply the coast along Kenai Fjords. Most of these boats operate out of Seward.

Source: Foundation Document Overview – Kenai Fjords National Park

| At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords’ crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Sugpiaq people relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate. | Kenai Fjords National Park | Alaska | https://www.nps.gov/kefj/index.htm

Fast Facts:

Date the Park was Established:December 2, 1980
Park Area (as of 2019):669,650.05 acres (2,710.0 km2)
Recreational Visitors (2018 Total):321,596 visitors

Park Weather

The weather Kenai Fjords is difficult to predict and can change rapidly. The area generally enjoys a relatively temperate maritime climate, primarily due to the influence of the Japanese current that flows through the Gulf of Alaska. Summer daytime temperatures range from the mid 40s to the low 70s (Fahrenheit). Overcast and cool rainy days are frequent. Winter temperatures can range from the low 30s to -20.