Kenai Fjords National Park is one 398 National Park Service units that, working with other partners, helps safeguard this nation's natural and cultural heritage.
The park was established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act 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 Aboriginal peoples of the Alaska coast. In addition, Kenai Fjords National Park is mandated to provide 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.
Balancing these at times contradictory missions of preservation and visitor use can be challenging. Park managers work with local communities, state and federal agencies, the general public, and numerous other partners to insure that visitors can experience Kenai Fjords National Park's incredibly diverse and dynamic ecosystems while keeping the promise of preservation for future generations.
Did You Know?
There are 3 distinct types of Orca whale that roam the waters around Kenai Fjords National Park: residents that eat fish, transients that eat marine mammals, and less frequently viewed offshore orcas that stay in open water eating fish - including sharks.