Portage Glacier & Portage Valley

Portage Valley Aerial photo

Welcome to the land of ice & rock...

Portage Valley is a 14 mile isthmus that connects the Kenai Peninsula to mainland Alaska. Portage Glacier once extended the entire length of the valley. The glacial remnants seen today are Explorer, Middle, Byron, Burns, and Shakespeare glaciers. While still massive in size, these glaciers stand as smaller reminders of the immense ice sheets that once covered this landscape.

General Information

General Notes:

Portage Glacier has advanced and retreated over the years, due to climatic fluctuations. This diagram illustrates the retreat of both Portage and Burns Glaciers over the last century. The blue colors show the current position of Portage Lake and the main retreat of Portage Glacier. The brown tones indicate land and the main retreat of Burns Glacier.

A graphic showing the retreat of Portage Glacier over the decades.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

There are some nice trails in the area...

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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