Two visitors stand on a tour boat, dressed in heavy rain gear.
Even wet and rainy weather is a good time at Kenai Fjords.

NPS / Kent Miller

The weather at Kenai Fjords is difficult to predict and can change rapidly. The area generally enjoys a relatively temperate maritime climate, primarily due to the influence of the Japanese current that flows through the Gulf of Alaska.

Summer daytime temperatures range from the mid 40s to the low 70s (Fahrenheit). Overcast and cool rainy days are frequent. It is not unusual to get several long periods of continuous rain in the summer months, but we do have some glorious sunny days as well. Snow often remains in the higher elevations through June or July.

Winter temperatures can range from the low 30s to -20. Exit Glacier area averages close to 200 inches of snowfall annually, but conditions vary greatly. Storms dumping several feet of snow are common, as are rainy mid-winter days with temperatures hovering in the mid-upper 30s.

Be prepared! Since this is a temperate rainforest, it's a good idea to be prepared for cool, rainy weather - but don't forget your sunglasses and sunscreen either. The sunlight reflected off of the water or the ice can be very intense. It's best to dress in layers and always carry raingear - no matter how nice the weather looks when you're starting out.
Kenai Fjords National Park is actively involved in the research and monitoring of the climate. This includes:

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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