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Bear Glacier: Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Update

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Date: November 17, 2020
Contact: Laura Sturtz

Seward, AK – An ice dammed lake located 7 miles above the terminus of Bear Glacier drained from approximately November 4th through 13th.  The initial flooding danger in the lagoon at the terminus of Bear Glacier has abated.  However, a navigational hazard from ice released into Resurrection Bay persists.  A bergy bit estimated to be 26 – 28 ft in length has been observed in Resurrection Bay near the outlet of the lagoon.  In addition, smaller growlers have been sighted in the bay.  It is expected that small to large ice chunks which could cause significant damage and/or injury to boat traffic will be distributed throughout Resurrection Bay indefinitely.  Boaters in marine waters should be extra cautious to avoid hitting ice.  

The park is currently conducting additional research to learn more about the nature and frequency of glacial lake outburst floods at Bear Glacier.  Please stay alert to changing conditions when in the lagoon at Bear Glacier as well as throughout Kenai Fjords National Park.  

For the most up-to-date information on the status of this area, contact the park at 907-422-0500.  Reports of unusual conditions or events are always appreciated.

Last updated: November 17, 2020

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