Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Kachemak Bay is the largest reserve in the system. It is also one of the most productive, diverse and intensively used estuaries in the state of Alaska. The local community pursued the designation of Kachemak Bay as a National Estuarine Research Reserve to preserve the lifestyle and economy of the region.The reserve increases understanding and wise use of the bay and its resources. Kachemak Bay features extensive tidal mudflats, subtidal habitat and upland forests. The bay is 24 miles wide at its mouth and approximately 36 miles long. The southern shore is comprised of the Kenai Mountains, containing several glaciers with direct drainage to Kachemak Bay.