Near Seward - Chiswell Islands
rugged and rocky Chiswell Islands rise from the Gulf of Alaska at the mouth of
Resurrection Bay, 20 miles from Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. They are the most
visited seabird colonies of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
To Get There
Seward can be reached by road from Anchorage (125 miles).
from May through September, several tour boat companies offer all-day tours that
visit these and other islands.
Horned and tufted
puffins, common and thick-billed murres, and black-legged kittiwakes swarm around
these grassy sea stacks. Other attractions: endangered Steller sea lions on their
breeding rookery, sea otters, humpback whales, and the chance of seeing rhinoceros
auklets and ancient murrelets.
In the Vicinity
Kenai Fjords National Park, with headquarters in Seward, has calving glaciers,
nesting bald eagles, and seal haul-outs. The park is featured on the same boat
tours that visit the refuge islands.
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Last updated:September 8, 2008