Kenai Fjords National Park

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park protects the Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States. Harding’s outflowing glaciers carved the park’s coastal fjords and islands. At 670k acres, the Kenai Fjords ranks 11th out of Alaska’s 13 National Park sites in size.

President Carter designated the Kenai Fjords National Monument using the Antiquities Act. Efforts to make Kenai a National Park began during the Nixon administration, but stalled in Congress due to the Watergate scandal. Following the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, Kenai Fjords became a full-fledged park.

In March of 1989, the Exxon Valdez round aground to the East of Kenai Fjords in Prince William Sound. Ten million gallons of oil spilled into the sound and drifted southwest with the current. This was the largest oil spill in American history and threatened four national park units, including Kenai Fjords. Kenai is 40 miles west of Prince William Sound. Exxon employees, federal workers and Alaskan residents worked to restore the environment for three years! The clean-up cost 2.5 billion dollars. Over thirty years later, traces of the disaster still linger.

Disembarking in Seward►

Once our ship reached Seward, we disembarked and boarded the ACT Big Bus for a transfer tour from Seward to Anchorage, First stop was the NPS visitor center for Exit Glacier. After spending the morning exploring the park, we continued up the Seward highway for more Alaskan adventures.

Seward Posts

  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Exit Glacier
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Chugach National Forest Alyeska

Location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Designation: National Park
Date designated/established: December 2, 1980
Date of my visit: June 6, 2022

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