Chiswell Islands, Kenai Fjords National Park

Chiswell Islands, Kenai Fjords National Park

by | Nov 30, 2018

The Chiswell Islands are located at the entrance to Aialik Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. They are a group of rocky and uninhabited islands accessible only by boat. The area was heavily glaciated, and is seismically active, and exposed to the full force of ocean waves from the Gulf of Alaska. Evidence of this can be seen in the rugged landscape, sheer rock walls, a rough-hewn topography eroded by ice, and extreme waves.

Kenai Fjords National Park lies on the southeastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, about 130 miles (210 km) south of Anchorage. The nearest town is Seward, immediately to the east of the park at the head of Resurrection Bay. The park includes the region’s deeply indented glaciated coastline and interior icefields. The most significant fjords include Aialik Bay, Harris Bay, McCarty Fjord, and Nuka Bay. The Chiswell Islands are managed by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge comprises 2,400 islands, headlands, rocks, islets, spires, and reefs in Alaska, with a total area of 4.9 million acres (20,000 sq km), of which 2.64 million acres (10,700 sq km) is wilderness. The refuge stretches from Cape Lisburne on the Chukchi Sea to the tip of the Aleutian Islands in the west and Forrester Island in the southern Alaska Panhandle region in the east. The refuge is known for its abundance of seabirds. About 75 percent of Alaskan native marine birds, 15 to 30 million among 55 species, use the refuge. Read more here and here. Explore more of the Chiswell Islands here:

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