• Sunset view of Glacier Bay and the surrounding Fairweather Mountains.

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

The Monument Develops

Glacier Bay Lodge
Post-war prosperity and pride, and a burgeoning interest in outdoor recreation, led to a new initiative to develop the nation’s parklands for visitor use. In 1956, NPS director Conrad Wirth announced Mission 66—a ten-year program of planning and development for national parks, timed to reach culmination on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Service. Glacier Bay was an eager recipient of Mission 66 dollars, which funded construction of the lodge (which opened on schedule in 1966), as well as the dock, employee residences, an administration building and other facilities at Bartlett Cove.

Did You Know?

Killer Whales

There are separate populations of killer whales that inhabit the same area but eat different foods, behave differently, and do not interbreed. Three kinds—transients, residents, and offshores—have all been spotted in Glacier Bay.