An older couple stands next to an Exit Glacier welcome sign, in the early 1990s.
Many people love having their photo taken with the park welcome sign. This older version of the sign is from before the road was paved in 1999.

NPS Photo / A. Castellina

People have traveled through and lived in the area surrounding Kenai Fjords National Park for thousands of years. The rugged glacial environment, coastal fjords, and braided river drainages have presented successive and overlapping populations of Alaska Natives, Europeans, and Americans with rich resources in the form of marine mammals, fish, birds, fur bearing animals, and minerals.

Documentation of human use through archeology, oral tradition, and the historical record reveals a variety of human connections with the land which include subsistence, mineral extraction, transportation, recreation, and artistic expression.

The experiences and accomplishments of the people who have used, and continue to use, these lands illustrate the courage and resiliency of the human spirit.


The Sugpiaq of the Outer Kenai Coast

The Sugpiaq (also known as Alutiiq) are a maritime people who traditionally hunted and subsisted on the outer Kenai Peninsula coast. Archeological evidence indicates they have used the Kenai Fjords area for more than a 1,000 years.
The Port Graham Corporation was formed under the Alaska Native Settlement Act of 1971 to represent the Sugpiag people inhabiting the Kenai Fjords. Some of the land along the coastline of the park is owned by the Port Graham Corporation.
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People in Kenai Fjords

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    Last updated: February 15, 2024

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