Great Land of Alaska

Sea & Ocean

There's no shortage of ocean and sea scenery in Alaska. With ocean bordering Alaska's south, west, and north coasts, we've got literally tens of thousands of miles of shoreline.

Cook Inlet

Low tide in Cook Inlet Beach at Tyonek Beach at Tyonek Beach at Tyonek

Cook Inlet has the second highest tides in North America (and possibly the world). This is caused by the shape of the inlet - a wide mouth with narrowing sides that channel the incoming tide into a small concentrated area.

Gulf of Alaska

Distant fjords

The Gulf of Alaska borders Alaska's southcentral coastline. Several mountain ranges come right up to the ocean, creating impressive fjords that several tour companies visit on a regular basis.

Kachemak Bay

Kachemak Bay Kachemak Bay

Surrounded by the Kenai Mountains, Kachemak Bay is a large attractive bay located on the southern Kenai Peninsula. The city of Homer is built on part of the northern shore of the bay. Many sightseeing companies and fishing charters operate on and around the bay.

Pacific Ocean

Clouds over ocean Looking back towards shore Wave splashing Blue sky and water

The waters of the Pacific around Alaska are well-known for their abundance of fish including halibut and salmon. Many people actively pursue these and other fish, either for profit or for personal use.

Resurrection Bay

Bay and mountains Storm in the disance Rocky seaside Clouds and mountains and sea Rock, tree, and sea Small glacier Small cave in rocks Small mountain stream

Resurrection Bay is one of many bays and fjords on the eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula where the Kenai Mountains and Gulf of Alaska meet. The port town of Seward is built on the northwestern shores of Resurrection Bay. The autumn salmon migration brings many salmon into the bay where sport fisherman take advantage of this run.

Turnagain Arm

Foggy Turnagian Arm

With the Chugach Mountains on the north and the Kenai Mountains on the south, the Pacific's Turnagain Arm is a long, scenic inlet branching off the Cook Inlet. The narrowing walls of this inlet creates one of the world's highest tides. The shape of this inlet is such that it's one of the few places in the world where bore tides are common.

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