• Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords

    National Park Alaska

Food Storage

Proper food storage is mandatory throughout Kenai Fjords National Park. It is illegal to feed bears, either on purpose or by leaving food or garbage that attracts them. All food (including your fishing catch, garbage, and any food containers, cooking equipment, etc. that contains food odors) must be stored in one of the following:

 
Bear getting human food at a picnic area

Feeding bears even unintentionally is illegal!  It is essential for your safety and the bear's safety to protect your food from bears.

NPS Photo

  • Within a hard-sided building.
  • Within a lockable, hard-sided vehicle, vessel or aircraft.
  • Within a park provided metal food storage locker
  • In an approved portable Bear Resistant Food Canister*
  • Suspended at least 10 feet above the ground and 4 feet out from a tree trunk, post, etc.

Do not store food in tents, coolers, ice chests, plastic storage boxes, stuff sacks, dry bags, plastic bags, kayaks or bury food in rocks or snow. It is ineffective and illegal.

Bears, like dogs, have a very well developed sense of smell. When in doubt as to whether an item might attract a bear - always err on the side of safety and store it properly. This includes any scented toiletries as well as clothing that may smell like food. When camping, never sleep in the same clothing you wore while cooking supper!

* Portable Bear Resistant Food Canisters (BRFC) include PVC or aluminum canisters that can prevent access by a bear. Kenai Fjords National Park requires BRFCs approved by:

Backpacker BRFCs are available for rent from some local kayak companies or they can be purchased from a number of outdoor/camping related companies.


It is every visitor's responsibility to help keep bears wild. Bears are intelligent, curious and opportunistic. When they learn that humans may be an easy source of food (or garbage), they lose their natural shyness and can become aggressive. Bears which become conditioned to human food are likely to be killed by humans in defense of life or property inside the park or on adjacent lands. A fed bear is a dead bear!
For more information please see the Superintendent's Compendium of Regulations.

Did You Know?

The Harding Icefield in Kenai Fjords National Park

Snowfall on the Harding Icefield can exceed 100 feet each year. After 4-10 years of compression snow turns into glacial ice.