Kenai Fjords Marine Guidebook

Exploring Alaska's Kenai Fjords by David Wm. Miller

Comprehensive Marine Guidebook

Exploring Aialik Bay

Public Park Lands

Special Destinations

Access to the Fjords

Lodging & Activties

Aialik Glacial BasinUpper Aialik Bay

Upper Aialik Bay is 40 nautical miles by boat from Seward. A portion of the trip navigates through open ocean with very few reliable haulout beaches for kayaks. Most kayakers reach Aialik Bay by water taxi or charter boat. It is a 2-4 hour boat ride from Seward to Upper Aialik Bay. Aialik Bay is the Kenai Fjords National Park's number one kayaking and tour vessel destination. Park rangers maintain a Public Use Cabin in Holgate Arm, and in Upper Aialik Bay, as well as a ranger station, one-half mile south of Coleman Bay. Park rangers can be contacted on VHF #16. Metal bear proof food containers are placed at some of the more popular camping sites in Aialik Bay.

Aialik Glacial Basin

Harbor Seal, Aialik Bay

Aialik Glacial Basin provides ideal kayaking among thundering tidewater glaciers, turquoise icebergs, and hundreds of harbor seals that ride atop icebergs in the glacial waters. Within the Aialik Glacier Basin are Pedersen Lagoon and Pedersen Glacier. This is a wild and secluded area that offers a glimpse of many species of waterfowl and shorebirds. Harbor seals colonize the icebergs floating in the glacier lake at the base of Pedersen Glacier. Kayakers typically reach Pedersen Lake by paddling up the glacial stream during high water or hiking over the glacial till to the lake.

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