Charter Vessel Services Glacier Bay
This page provides information primarily for businesses interested in providing charter vessel services in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. If you are interested in seeing a list of existing charter operators, please see the Park's list of Goods & Services.
Glacier Bay National Park, Vessel Management Plan Regulations became effective on January 2, 2007 that revised the definition of a charter (above) and removed the limit of 312 "entries".
There is a daily limit of 6 charter vessels per day allowed in Glacier Bay Proper in June, July and August, seasonal quotas not applicable. Charter vessels are not subject to daily quotas from September through May. Charter vessel use days are allocated among fifteen existing concessioners under a concession contract (listed below).
Authorized Charter Vessel Concessioners
A prospectus was released and then updated 4/28/04 for charter vessel services to be provided in Glacier Bay. Click here to view the prospectus under which multiple concession contracts were awarded for the operation of charter vessel services within Glacier Bay National Park, or click here to read the press release summarizing the opportunity.
Additional information about the CUA, park specific terms and conditions of this authorization and how to apply can be found on the Park's Commercial Visitor Services page.
We suggest that any prospective applicant contact the park concessions office to discuss their business plans prior to submitting the application form. In general charter services are not authorized on fresh water streams and lakes within the park.
All Commercial Vessel Services are authorized in accordance with the Park's Vessel Management Plan. The Vessel Management Plan also provides for vessel use restrictions aimed at protecting park resources (humpback whale feeding, seal pupping, etc.).
As a reminder, the conditions of a CUA and Concession contract require guides and/or boat operators to submit completed Activity Reports and Charter Fishing Survey Logbook Forms monthly, to be received not later than the 5th of every month for the previous month for all activity including fishing activity conducted within Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. This includes activity in the areas of North Passage and Icy Strait just outside Glacier Bay Proper as well as areas in North Inian Pass, Dundas Bay (CUA use allowed only between September 1-May 31), Icy Passage, Excursion Inlet and park waters out to three miles offshore along Glacier Bay National Park's outer coast. You can click on the "View Park Map" link at the Glacier Bay National Park web page to view the extent of the park boundaries http://www.nps.gov/glba. You can also request laminated NPS statistical area maps for your guides and permitted vessels by contacting Chad Soiseth at 697-2659 or by email: (e-mail us).
Fishing locations should be recorded on NPS Charter Fishing Survey Logbook Forms as indicated on the Reporting Areas maps.
If no fishing activity occurred in the prior month please note "No fishing" during relevant month in an email or on the submitted blank Logbook Form. Please submit completed forms and/or associated information to Concessions Specialist Marilyn Trump at the park address or by FAX (907.697.2654) or email (e-mail us).
We also wish to take this opportunity to briefly highlight a few topics relevant (see links below) to the health and well being of visiting National Park anglers, as well as some specific measures aimed at protecting and conserving park resources. These are posted with the objective of better informing you, your staff and Glacier Bay National Park visitors:
Charter Logbook Reporting Area Maps
The following are the reports to be completed by the Concessioner and/or the CUA holder and their due dates:
Franchise Fees are due annually on or before November 1. (Concessioners only)
Contact Concessions Specialists Marilyn Trump or Melanie Berg by e-mail or telephone (907) 697-2230 for more information.
Did You Know?
Glacier Bay is home to a unique type of black bear with a bluish coat. The "Glacier Bear" may have adapted its coloring for living near glacial ice.