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Alaska is expansive and diverse, with close to 34,000 miles of shoreline - more than the rest of the U.S. combined. The ocean is an integral part of Alaska’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, weather, economy, history and culture.

There are 11 coastal national parks, preserves, monuments and national historical parks. These parks represent a natural and cultural legacy spread across a unique American landscape.


Alaska Ocean and Coastal National Parks


Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve

  • 135 shoreline miles
  • Given its remote location and challenging weather conditions, Aniakchak is one of the most wild and least visited in places in the National Park System. This landscape is a vibrant reminder of Alaska's location in the volcanically active "Ring of Fire" as it is home to an impressive six mile (10 km) wide, 2,500 ft (762 m) deep caldera formed during a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago.

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

  • 571 shoreline miles
  • 87,808 marine water acres
  • Imagine a place of whimsical beauty and larger-than-life landscapes: an ancestral home to ice-age giants and turbulent volcanic activity. Berling Land Bridge is unlike any other place on earth; it is a land that holds secrets to the intriguing history of human migration, sustains people that have lived here before its establishment as a preserve and continues to be part of a wide breadth of traditions.

Cape Krusenstern National Monument

  • 375 shoreline miles
  • 27,349 marine water acres
  • North of the Arctic Circle, the monument forms 70 miles of shoreline on the Chukchi Sea. More than 114 beach ridges provide evidence of human use for 5,000 years. The Inupiat continue to use the area today. Vast wetlands provide habitat for shorebirds from as far away as South America. Hikers and boaters can see carpets of wildflowers among shrubs containing wisps of qiviut from muskoxen

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

  • 1,179 shoreline miles
  • 598,611 marine water acres
  • Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site—one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From sea to summit, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.

Katmai National Park and Preserve

  • 458 shoreline miles
  • Katmai National Monument was established in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Mount Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Today, Katmai National Park and Preserve remains an active volcanic landscape, but it also protects 9,000 years of human history as well as important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears.

Kenai Fjords National Park

  • 545 shoreline miles
  • At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Native Alutiiq relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

  • 0.5 shoreline miles
  • 33 marine water acres
  • “Gold!” is what the headlines read in 1897, starting the Klondike Gold Rush. Thousands, hoping to ease the woes of economic depression, sold farms, dropped businesses and boarded ships to follow their dreams north. Today, the park remembers the trails, boomtowns, and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

  • 220 shoreline miles
  • Lake Clark National Park is a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness.

Sitka National Historical Park

  • 1.2 shoreline miles
  • 55 marine water acres
  • On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Park visitors are awed by Tlingit and Haida totem poles standing along the park’s scenic coastal trail, and the restored Russian Bishop’s House speaks of Russia’s little known colonial legacy in North America.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

  • 155 shoreline miles
  • Wrangell St. Elias is a vast national park that rises from the ocean all the way up to 18,008 ft. Mount St. Elias. At 13.2 million acres, it’s the same size as Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Switzerland combined! Within this wild landscape, people continue to live off the land as they have done for centuries. This is a rugged, beautiful area filled with opportunities for adventure.


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    Last updated: June 8, 2022


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