Accessibility - The visitor center at Glacier Bay Lodge is accessible to wheelchairs, as is the first portion of the Forest Loop Trail that is boardwalk. There are no paved roads or paths in the area.
Basic Visit Recommendations - It is 65 miles from the forests of Bartlett Cove to the tidewater glaciers. This boat trip is undertaken by almost all visitors and is a highlight of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Because weather conditions can occasionally cause flight cancellations, it is advisable to allow some extra travel time in your itinerary.
Glacier Bay Lodge operates day tour boat trips during the summer months. They also drop-off campers at designated locations. Various large cruise ship lines and smaller tour boat operators bring visitors into the park. Guided kayak trips and kayak rentals are available. There are guided kayak trips and backpacking trips, raft trips down the Alsek River, hunting and fishing guides, and lodging in the Preserve. See the Sights Page for more information.
Boating Guide - See the Boating Guide for more information.
Camping - A primitive National Park Service campground is available at Bartlett Cove, and there is no fee. The campground has fire pits, a warming hut and bear-resistance food caches. There is a 14-day limit. Wilderness camping is allowed in the park.
See the Camping Page for details.
Entrance Fees - There are no entrance or user fees for non-commercial users.
Food and supplies - Groceries, supplies and a small cafe are available in Gustavus, ten miles from the park.
See the Fishing Guide for more information.
Hiking - There are three maintained hiking trails near Glacier Bay Lodge; all are fairly easy walking. You may find the following gear useful: water repellent footwear, raincoat and hat, insect repellent, binoculars, camera and fast film or tripod. There are no other established trails in the park, and most backcountry travel is by kayak.
See the Hiking Page for details.
Kayaking Guide - See the Kayaking Guide for more information.
Lodging - At Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay Lodge offers rooms, a restaurant and bar, gift shop and fuel (gasoline, #2 diesel, and white gas). The nearby town of Gustavus has several lodges and bed and breakfast establishments.
See the Lodging Page for details.
Permits - None required for non-commercial uses on the land. Private motor vessels wishing to enter the park must have a permit between June 1 and August 31. Reservations are recommended, as these permits are limited, and may be obtained by contacting the park. Campers are requested to obtain a permit, though these are not limited. Reservations are recommended for most visitor services offered by commercial vendors.
An Alaska state fishing license is required for fishing in the park or preserve. See Fishing Page for details.
Under the vessel permit system, motorized pleasure boat operators are required to obtain a permit prior to entering Glacier Bay anytime between June 1 and August 31. Because Bartlett Cove is one of the most heavily used whale feeding areas, a permit is required even to enter the cove to visit park headquarters or the lodge. Vessels entering without a permit may be denied access to the bay, asked to leave and issued a citation. See Boating Page for details.
Programs / Activities - Park naturalists present evening programs and films daily in the auditorium, lead hikes through the forest and along the shore, and provide commentary on tour boats and cruise ships entering Glacier Bay.
See the Calendar Page for details.
Rafting Guide - See the Rafting Guide for more information.
Tour Boat Guide - See the Tour Boat Guide for more information.
Visitor Center / Exhibits - The park visitor center is located at Bartlett Cove, upstairs in Glacier Bay Lodge. It has an information desk, book sales area, and an auditorium. Exhibits illustrate natural and human history.
See the Activities and Calendar Page for more information.
Visitor Impacts - Black and brown/grizzly bears are wild animals and should always be considered potentially dangerous. Help wildlife remain wild by never feeding any animal, including squirrels and gulls. Some areas are closed or restricted because of bear, nesting bird colonies, feeding humpback whales, or other wildlife. See the Park Detail Page for more information.
Weather - Long periods of rainy, cool, and overcast weather are common in Southeast Alaska. Summer daytime temperatures range from 45� to 65� F. A hat, gloves, rain gear and sturdy, waterproof footgear are recommended.
See the Weather Page for Current Conditions and other weather information.
Wildlife - See the Wildlife Guide for more information.
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