Located on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, Kenai Fjords National Park was established by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980.
The city of Kenai is named after the local word ken or kena, which means flat, meadow, open area with few trees. Summers are cool and winters are snowy, long but not particularly cold. Although many fishing boats are based in Kenai, it does not have a formal port and harbor. The nearest deep water port is in Nikiski. A world record "king salmon was caught in the Kenai River, making the city a popular fishing tourist location.