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

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Bear Advisory Issued For Northern Composite Island

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Date: July 9, 2008
Contact: Gus Martinez, District Ranger, 907-697-2230

This notice is to advise kayakers of an incident involving two brown bears that occurred on north Composite Island in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, on June 30, 2008.  A single kayaker was preparing a meal when the bears approached him.  The person immediately stowed his food in his bear cannister and climbed a rock. One bear approached within five feet and investigated his gear.  The person spent about 30 minutes defending his property from the bear and eventually was able to deter the bear by throwing rocks.  Both bears eventually left the area.  The kayaker left without any further incident and no property damage was reported.


Due to this activity, the National Park Service recommends that kayakers avoid camping on Composite Island.  This advisory will expire on July 30, 2008. Campers are reminded to secure and protect their food properly and to report any bear encounters to the Visitor Information Station at 697-2627. 

Did You Know?

Glacier Bay has huge tides

The tidal fluctuations in Glacier Bay can be as high as 25 feet! Be sure to keep this in mind when you decide to enjoy an after-lunch nap on the beach during your next paddling adventure.