Leave the park the way you would like to find it! Learn and follow the principles of Leave No Trace to help keep Kenai Fjords pristine, both for future visitors and for the wildlife that makes their home in this magical place.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Choose realistic goals, bring proper gear, learn backcountry skills, know the terrain, and make contingency plans. It’s not only important for your safety; good planning makes it easier to leave no trace in the backcountry.
Be prepared for the unexpected:
Ocean storms can sweep through the Kenai Fjords any time of year. Good rain gear and extra food supplies are a must since weather may delay a charter pick-up for days. A properly prepared party can usually wait out bad weather and may be a few days overdue with no cause for alarm. Travel with a marine radio to stay informed of upcoming conditions. Don’t make your schedule too tight. Allow extra time for delays and always have a backup plan. When in doubt, stay on the beach - better to get home late than to risk paddling through potentially deadly seas.
Let someone know your plans:
Always let a responsible person know where you are going and when you expect to return. Let them know how long overdue you can be before they should start to worry.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Despite the rugged appearance, the rocky shores and cliffs of Kenai Fjords are vulnerable to human impact. Fragile alpine vegetation is easily damaged and can take years to recover.
Stick to the beaches when camping on the coast.
Everywhere else in the backcountry, camp on bare rock or snow.
Camp in areas where sites have already been established, such as the Exit Glacier campground.