Do I need to register to use the backcountry?
Anyone planning to camp overnight in Kenai Fjords' backcountry is encouraged to register, but it is only mandatory for guided groups. Campers at the Exit Glacier campground or visitors staying in a public use cabin should not register for backcountry use.
A voluntary backcountry registration system was implemented in 2001 with limited success. In 2002, the park mandated free and unlimited backcountry permits for all users. A review of this program in the fall of 2002 determined that it was more appropriate to request voluntary registration than to require permits through regulation at this time.
Why should I register?
Recreational use of backcountry areas, especially in Aialik and Harris bays, appears to be growing every year, resulting in increased competition for limited camping beaches. Registration allows us to collect information on visitor use. Basic information about where people go and how long they stay helps with park planning and management, such as determining where bear boxes are placed or where impact monitoring should be conducted. Registration also allows us an opportunity to give basic resource protection and safety information to ALL overnight visitors. Registration before your trip may assist us in locating you to deliver an emergency message,
during a search, or other incident.
Where can I register?
Did You Know?
River otters defecate in certain spots to mark their territory. Researchers in Kenai Fjords National Park have discovered that these "latrine sites" enrich the soil, allowing plants to grow in those spots that aren't found anywhere else close by.