Kenai Fjords National Park Fees & Reservations


English: Aialik Glacier in the Kenai Fjords Na...

English: Aialik Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kenai Fjords National Park does not have any entrance fees, it doesn’t even have any camping fees, you can visit and camp at the park for FREE.

There are some public use cabins which you have to pay for, but hey, what do you expect?

Camping at Kenai Fjords National Park

There’s a 12-site, walk in site at Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park. This is suitable for tents only (probably because it’s a “walk in site”) and all sites are available strictly on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a camping site in Kenai Fjords National Park. So, to recap;

  • 12 walk-in sites available
  • No reservations, all sites are first come, first served and often gets full by early evening during July and August
  • No camping fees
  • 14 day camping limits
  • Cooking and dining shelter is provided
  • Central food storage area provided
  • You are not permitted to store or cook food outside of the designated areas
  • Pit toilets available
  • Drinking water from a pump
  • No pets allowed at the campsite

Back Country Camping at Kenai Fjords National Park

Many visitors to the park prefer to head off into the 600,000 acres of wilderness to kayak and camp along the coastal fjords. This is a terrific experience but do be warned, it is suitable for the most experienced backpackers only. Even the most experienced backpackers will be truly tested.

Public Use Cabins in Kenai Fjords National Park

There are two rustic cabins at Kenai Fjords National Park which are available for public use. These are available for rental during the summer months (from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend). Visitors to the cabins must arrange for their own transportation. These coastal cabins can be accessed by water taxi, float plane, charter boat or private vessel.

Unlike the campground at Kenai Fjords National Park, reservations are necessary to stay in one of the cabins. The cost of each cabin is $50 per night and reservations for the summer ahead are accepted from 3 January. As you may appreciate these cabins are in pretty high demand so you are only permitted to stay for a maximum of 3 nights. Amenities include;

  • Heating stove (including propane fuel which is provided)
  • wooden bunks
  • tables and chairs
  • Aialik Bay cabin has two wooden beds for up to 4 people
  • Holgate cabin has six wooden beds for up to 6 people
  • There is no running water
  • There is no electricity
  • It is not always possible to get fresh water, water must be treated
  • The cabins do not have mooring buoys
Stuff to remember to take with you;
  • Cooking stove with lighter and utensils
  • Bedding and sleeping pads
  • Toilet paper
  • Food, gear, clothing and emergency supplies
  • Drinking water – or some water treatment system
Cabin rules;
  • Pets are not allowed in the cabins, or in any of the back country of Kenai Fjords National Park
  • All food, garbage and scented items must be stored inside the cabin at all times
  • All trash, including food must be packed out
  • Smoking is not allowed inside the cabins. Smokers must stay outside and pack out all garbage including cigarette butts
  • Campfires are not permitted below the line of high tide
  • You may not pitch tents within 500 feet of the cabins

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