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March 05, 2014
Orca Skeleton Completed and on Display
After nine years of anticipation, Glacier Bay's killer whale calf has finally found a permanent home in the Gustavus Community Library.

January 15, 2014
Proposed National Park Compendiums Open For Public Comment
Alaska's National Parks invite public comment on each park's proposed 2014 compendium through February 15

November 13, 2013
Proposed 2015 Cruise Ship Quota for Glacier Bay
Superintendent Susan Boudreau has announced the proposed cruise ship quota for the 2015 operating season. Public comment on the proposal may be submitted until close of business on November 27, 2013.

September 25, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective September 26, 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today that the speed limit and course restriction in Whidbey Passage and mid-Glacier Bay whale waters will be lifted due to a decrease in the number of humpback whales in the area. This change goes into effect beginning at 5AM Thursday September 26. The Lower Glacier Bay whale waters restrictions remain in effect through September 30 unless otherwise announced. In this area, there is a vessel speed limit of 20 knots through the water. In addition, vessels greater than 18 feet in length are restricted to a course one nautical mile from shore, or mid-channel in narrower passages.

September 16, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective September 17, 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Acting Superintendent Lisa Etherington announced today that a 13-knot vessel speed limit in mid-Glacier Bay will be implemented due to a shift in whale distribution into an area of regular vessel traffic. This change goes into effect beginning at 5AM Tuesday September 17th. Whale waters restrictions in Whidbey Passage and Lower Glacier Bay remain unchanged. The attached map shows the boundaries of all current whale waters in Glacier Bay. All Glacier Bay whale waters restrictions will expire at 11:59pm on September 30 unless otherwise announced.

August 30, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective August 31, 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today that the 13-knot vessel speed limit in Lower Glacier Bay will be raised to 20 knots through the water due to a decrease in the number of humpback whales in the area. This change goes into effect beginning at 5AM Saturday August 31. The attached map shows the boundaries of all current whale waters in Glacier Bay. The 13-knot speed limit and course requirement in Whidbey Passage whale waters remain unchanged.

August 22, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective August 23, 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today that the 13-knot vessel speed limit at the mouth of Glacier Bay will be lifted due to a decrease in the number of humpback whales in the area. This change goes into effect at 5AM Friday August 23. Whale waters in lower Glacier Bay and Whidbey Passage remain unchanged.

August 20, 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Announces Contract Extension for Glacier Bay Lodge
The National Park Service has approved a contract extension for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Concessions, LLC, a joint venture between Huna Totem and ARAMARK, for two years for the Glacier Bay Lodge, the day tour boat and other services within Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, beginning in January 2014.

August 08, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective August 9, 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today that a vessel speed limit of 13 knots through the water is being implemented in Whidbey Passage in Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales in the area. In addition, vessels greater than 18 feet in length passing through Whidbey Passage are restricted to a mid-channel course or one nautical mile offshore. At least 25 humpback whales have been sighted in the area over the past few days, including two mother/calf pairs. These restrictions will apply to all vessels from 5AM Friday August 9 until further notice. Whale waters at the mouth of Glacier Bay and in lower Glacier Bay remain unchanged.

August 05, 2013
Cruise Ship Assists Glacier Bay Tour Vessel
The Holland America Cruise Ship Statendam provided assistance to 102 tourists from a tour vessel experiencing mechanical problems in Glacier Bay, Friday, August 2nd.

August 01, 2013
Whale Waters Update For Glacier Bay Effective August 2 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today that the whale waters vessel speed restriction in the area near Willoughby Island and Boulder Island will be lifted beginning 5AM Friday August 2. The whales that had been using this area have largely moved on to other feeding habitats. Whale waters at the mouth of Glacier Bay and in lower Glacier Bay remain unchanged.

July 26, 2013
Whale Waters Update For Glacier Bay Effective July 27 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today the 10 knot speed limit for cruise ships in current “whale waters” will be lifted effective 5 AM Saturday July 27. For cruise ships and all other motorized vessels, the 13 knot speed limit and course restrictions already in place will continue to be in effect

July 12, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 13, 2013
Due to extremely high humpback whale densities, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today a reduced speed limit for cruise ships in all current “whale waters” in Glacier Bay. A speed limit of 10 knots through the water will apply to all cruise ships from 5 AM Saturday July 13 until further notice.

July 01, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 2, 2013
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today two changes in whale waters in Glacier Bay. First, a vessel speed limit of 13 knots through the water will be implemented in an area north of the current lower Glacier Bay whale waters between Willoughby Island, Boulder Island, and Berg Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been feeding in this area. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Tuesday July 2 until further notice. Second, the vessel speed limit that has been in place around North and South Marble Islands since June 7 will be lifted at 5 AM July 2.

June 28, 2013
Johns Hopkins Inlet Vessel Closure Extended Through July 15, 2013
Glacier Bay National Park Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau has extended the closure of Johns Hopkins Inlet to all vessel traffic through July 15, 2013 to protect unweaned seal pups.

June 17, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective June 18, 2013
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that a vessel speed limit of 13 knots through the water will be implemented in lower Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in this area. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Tuesday June 18 until further notice.

June 14, 2013
Weather and Climate Monitoring Stations Proposed for Glacier Bay
The National Park Service is proposing to install a network of automated weather stations in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. An Environmental Assessment evaluating a range of alternatives will be prepared over the next few months.

June 06, 2013
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective June 7, 2013
Acting Superintendent Tom VandenBerg announced today that a 13 knot vessel speed limit will be implemented around North and South Marble Islands in Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Friday June 7 until further notice. In addition, there are changes to one of the two Lower Bay whale waters that went into effect May 8.

May 07, 2013
Vessel Operating Restrictions Implemented To Protect Whales
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that a 13 knot vessel speed limit will be implemented in lower Glacier Bay and at the mouth of Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Wednesday May 8 until further notice.

January 28, 2013
Proposed 2014 Cruise Ship Quota for Glacier Bay
The superintendent has proposed that the 2014 seasonal use-day quotas remain unchanged from the 2013 levels.

January 07, 2013
Prospectus Soliciting Proposals for Operation of Glacier Bay Lodge
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today the release of a prospectus soliciting proposals for the Glacier Bay Lodge concession operation in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

October 19, 2012
Huna Tribal House Environmental Assessment Available for Comment
The public comment period for the Huna Tribal House Environmental Assessment is now open. Comments must be received by November 19, 2012

September 14, 2012
Towers Trail Now Open for Bicycle Use
Glacier Bay National Park Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau has announced that bicycles may now be used on the Towers Trail, (see map).

September 11, 2012
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective September 11, 2012
Acting Superintendent David Nemeth announced that the 13-knot vessel speed limit in lower Glacier Bay and the mouth of Glacier Bay will be lifted beginning at noon on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

August 19, 2012
Tour Vessel Strikes Rock in Glacier Bay
The Coast Guard, National Park Service, and good samaritans assisted 76 people from the tour boat Baranof Wind, taking on water in upper Glacier Bay.

July 25, 2012
Temporary Emergency Closure At South Gloomy Knob
Temporary closure to foot traffic and overnight camping along the shoreline south of Gloomy Knob in the West Arm of Glacier Bay.

July 22, 2012
Herbicide Application, Invasive Plants
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is currently host to two highly invasive plants species: reed canarygrass on the maintenance hillside and perennial sowthistle on Strawberry Island. Since manual control efforts have proven ineffective in the past six years the sites are scheduled to be treated with herbicide next week.

July 19, 2012
Drop offs and pick ups
Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today the seasonal changes in the Camper Pick-Up/Drop-Off locations. Locations are changed seasonally to ensure better dispersal of backcountry users.

July 02, 2012
News Release: Whale Waters Update For Glacier Bay Effective July 3, 2012
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that the 13 knot vessel speed limit in Glacier Bay between Willoughby Island, Boulder Island, and Berg Bay has been lifted, effective at 5 AM Tuesday July 3.

June 24, 2012
Bear Advisory From Ptarmigan Creek To Lamplugh Glacier
Superintendant Susan Boudreau releases a bear advisory for the Ptarmigan Creek area in the West Arm of Glacier Bay due to recent bear activity.

June 19, 2012
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective June 20, 2012
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that the 13 knot vessel speed limit in the middle of Glacier Bay has been lifted and a smaller area between Willoughby Island, Boulder Island, and Berg Bay has been implemented, effective at 5 AM Wednesday June 20.

June 11, 2012
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective June 12, 2012
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that a 13 knot vessel speed limit will be implemented in lower Glacier Bay and at the mouth of Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Tuesday June 12 until further notice.

May 24, 2012
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective May 25, 2012
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that a 13 knot vessel speed limit will be implemented in the middle of Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Friday May 25 until further notice.

March 08, 2012
Disposal of human waste in undeveloped areas of Glacier Bay National Park
Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau has decided to continue review of current regulations on disposal of human waste in the wilderness setting. This review will continue for the 2012 calendar year until a final decision is made.

March 08, 2012
Vessel Transit Permit System Expired
Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announced today that the transit vessel permit system at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has expired effective 11/30/2011.

February 23, 2012
Huna Tlingit Tribal House Proposed for Glacier Bay National Park
The National Park Service proposes to construct a replica of an 18th century Tlingit house in Bartlett Cove. An Environmental Assessment describing designs, placement and environmental effects will be prepared. Initial comments and questions about this proposal will be accepted until COB March 24, 2012.

February 16, 2012
2013 Proposed Cruise Ship Quotas
Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau is soliciting comment on the proposed cruise ship use day quota for the 2013 season. Comments must be received by February 29, 2012.

November 10, 2011
Sea Wolf Adventures Wins National Accessibility Award
Superintendent Susan Boudreau is pleased to announce that Kimberly Owen, a concessioner providing charter vessel services in Glacier Bay, has received the 2011 National Park Service Concessioner Accessibility Achievement Award.

September 30, 2011
Public Dock Water at Bartlett Cove
Effective September 30, 2011, all water at the public use dock in Bartlett Cove will be shut off for winter. Public restrooms at the Visitor Contact Station will remain open for use.

September 28, 2011
Whale Waters Update
Acting Superintendent David Nemeth announced that vessel speed and course restrictions in lower Glacier Bay and the mouth of Glacier Bay will be lifted beginning at midnight on Friday, September 30, 2011.

September 15, 2011
Bear Advisory for The Bartlett River Area
Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau today announces a bear advisory for the Bartlett River Trail.

August 31, 2011
Whale Waters Update For Glacier Bay Effective August 31, 2011
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that the 13 knot vessel speed limit and mid-channel vessel course restriction in lower Whidbey Passage and waters south and east of the southern tip of Willoughby Island will be lifted beginning at 5 AM Wednesday August 31.

August 01, 2011
Bear Advisory In Tarr Inlet
Superintendant Susan Boudreau releases a bear advisory for the east side of Tarr Inlet in the West Arm of Glacier Bay due to recent bear activity.

July 31, 2011
2012 Proposed Cruise Ship Quotas
Superintendent Susan Boudreau is soliciting comment on the proposed cruise ship use day quota for the 2012 season. Comments must be received by August 15, 2011.

July 14, 2011
Bear Activity Advisory For Mc Bride Inlet Area
The NPS has issued a bear activity advisory for the Mc Bride Inlet area, Glacier Bay

July 14, 2011
Bear Activity Advisory For Gloomy Knob, Glacier Bay National Park
The NPS announces a bear activity advisory for the Gloomy Knob area in Glacier Bay

July 11, 2011
Bear Advisory For The Bartlett River
Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announces an advisory for the Bartlett River.

July 07, 2011
Bear Advisory At Muir Point
Superintendent Susan Boudreau releases a bear advisory for Muir Point and the southern shore of Adams Inlet in the East Arm of Glacier Bay due to recent bear activity.

July 07, 2011
News Release: Vessel Operating Restrictions Implemented In Whidbey Passage
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that a 13 knot vessel speed limit and mid-channel course restriction are being implemented in Whidbey Passage in Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. These restrictions are effective from 5 AM Friday July 8 until further notice.

June 27, 2011
News Release - Johns Hopkins Inlet Vessel Closure Extended Through July 15
Closure of Johns Hopkins Inlet to all vessel traffic has been extended through July 15, 2010 to protect unweaned seal pups.

June 22, 2011
News Release: Vessel Speed Restrictions Implemented to Protect Whales
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announced today that a 13 knot vessel speed limit will be implemented in lower Glacier Bay and at the mouth of Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Thursday June 23 until further notice.

June 22, 2011
Whale Skeleton Shelter Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
The NPS is soliciting public comment on an Environmental Assessment evaluating alternatives for displaying a humpback whale skeleton in Bartlett Cove. Comments may be submitted until 7/22/2011

May 11, 2011
Temporary Closure To Foot Traffic And Camping North Of Geikie Inlet
Superintendent Susan Boudreau announces a temporary closure to foot traffic and camping north of the mouth of Geikie Inlet in the West Arm of Glacier Bay. This closure is due to bear scavenging activity on the remains of a whale carcass.

April 07, 2011
Proposed  Fishery Research Sonar Installation Environmental Assessment Available for Review
The NPS is soliciting comment on the Environmental Assessment analyzing potential effects from fishery research activities on the Bartlett River. Comments must be postmarked by May 6, 2011.

March 21, 2011
Icy Strait Whale Sighted in Hawaii
No abstract supplied.

January 27, 2011
Proposed Commercial Fishing Cabin  Environmental Assessment Available for Review
The NPS is soliciting public comment on the Environmental Assessment for a new commercial fishing cabin permit in Glacier Bay National Preserve. Comments on the proposal must be postmarked by February 26, 2011.

January 07, 2011
Alternative Transportation Program at Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay park employees carpool, bike, and walk to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

December 23, 2010
US Coast Guard Communications Site Environmental Assessment Available for Review
The Environmental Assessment for a proposal to install an emergency communications facility in Glacier Bay National Preserve will be available for review and public comment on December 25, 2010.

December 10, 2010
Bartlett River Salmon Research Sonar Installation Proposal
The NPS is soliciting comment on a proposal to install a DIDSON sonar unit to count salmon in the Bartlett River. Comments due by January 15, 2011.

December 10, 2010
Vessel Use Planning Update
December 2010 Glacier Bay Vessel Use Planning Update

October 12, 2010
Huna Tlingit Gull Egg Harvest LEIS Record of Decision (ROD) Released
The Legislative EIS analyzing effects of glaucous-winged gull egg harvest in Glacier Bay National Park is complete. The ROD is now available. Gull egg harvest would require promulgation of public law and regulations.

October 04, 2010
Bartlett Cove Public Dock Water
All water services at the public use dock in Bartlett Cove have been shut off for winter.

September 16, 2010
Vessel Speed Restrictions Revised In Glacier Bay
Acting Superintendent Sheri Barry announced changes to vessel speed restrictions in lower Glacier Bay and the mouth of Glacier Bay beginning 5 AM Thursday, September 16.

September 08, 2010
New Superintendent Named at Glacier Bay NP
Susan Boudreau has been named as superintendent of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

August 26, 2010
Shoreline Closure in Bartlett Cove lifted
Superintendent Cherry Payne today announces that the trail and beach from Halibut Point to one mile past Cooper's Notch is now open.

August 20, 2010
GLBA Superintendent Cherry Payne Retires
Superintendent Cherry Payne to retire after 35 years with the National Park Service.

August 09, 2010
Temporary Closure In The Bartlett Cove Area
Superintendent Cherry Payne today announces a temporary closure from Halibut Point to one mile past Cooper's Notch.

August 06, 2010
Bear Advisory From The Mouth Of Tidal Inlet To Gloomy Knob
Superintendent Cherry Payne recommends that campers avoid camping between Tidal Inlet and the southern tip of Gloomy Knob in the West Arm of Glacier Bay due to recent bear activity.

August 03, 2010
Glacier Bay N.P. Camper Drop-off/Pick Up Points to Change
Effective on August 6, 2010, the Glacier Bay Lodge camper drop-off/pick-up locations will be Sebree Cove and Sundew Cove.

August 02, 2010
End Of Temporary Closure In The Bartlett River Area
Superintendent Cherry Payne today announces that the Bartlett River Trail and areas upstream are now open.

July 28, 2010
Temporary Closure In The Bartlett River Area
Superintendent Cherry Payne today announces a temporary closure upstream of the boardwalk on the Bartlett River Trail.

July 08, 2010
Vessel Speed Restrictions Lifted In Lower Whidbey Passage
Superintendent Cherry Payne announced today that the 13 knot vessel speed limit and mid-channel vessel course restriction in lower Whidbey Passage will be lifted beginning at 5 AM Thursday July 8.

July 02, 2010
Glacier Bay Camper Drop-off/Pick Up Points to Change
Effective on July 4, 2010, the Glacier Bay Lodge camper drop-off/pick-up locations will change to Sebree Cove and Blue Mouse Cove.

July 02, 2010
Vessel Speed Limit Implemented At The Mouth Of Glacier Bay
No abstract supplied.

June 30, 2010
Johns Hopkins Inlet Vessel Closure Extended Through July 15
Closure of Johns Hopkins Inlet to all vessel traffic has been extended through July 15, 2010 to protect unweaned seal pups.

June 22, 2010
Vessel Operating Restrictions Implemented In Whidbey Passage
No abstract supplied.

June 15, 2010
Glacier Bay National Park Sets 2011 Cruise Ship Quota
Superintendent Cherry Payne has announced the 2011 cruise ship quotas for Glacier Bay summer and shoulder seasons.

June 04, 2010
Glacier Bay National Park Native Garden at the State Museum
A Glacier Bay National Park Ranger with Juneau Girl Scouts will plant a native plant garden at the Alaska State Museum. This event is the celebration of the Girl Scout’s year-long experience exploring the benefits of native plants.

May 26, 2010
Alert to Vessel Operators Regarding Harbor Seals on Floating Ice
Glacier Bay vessel operators are asked to avoid harbor seals hauled out on floating ice. 

May 14, 2010
2011 Proposed Cruise Ship Quotas
Superintendent Cherry Payne is soliciting comment on the proposed cruise ship use day quota for the 2011 season. Comments must be received by May 28, 2010.

May 12, 2010
Temporary Camping And Foot Traffic Closure In The Scidmore Cut Area
No abstract supplied.

May 11, 2010
Dead Humpback Whale Found in Upper Glacier Bay
The carcass of a dead humpback whale was sighted on shore in the West Arm of Glacier Bay. 

May 11, 2010
News Release: Vessel Operating Restrictions Implemented In Lower Glacier Bay
No abstract supplied.

February 22, 2010
New Firearms Law for Alaska National Parks
A change in federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under federal, state, and local laws to possess those firearms in National Park units beginning February 22, 2010.

January 21, 2010
Proposed 2010 Park Compendium Available for Review
Alaska’s National Parks are inviting comment on each park’s Compendium for 2010. Comments will be accepted until February 15, 2010.

November 25, 2009
Glacier Bay Receives the EPA's Champions of Environmental Leadership and Green Government Award
Glacier Bay National Park receives prestigious environmental award

November 18, 2009
US Coast Guard Rescue 21 Communications Proposal Public Meeting POSTPONED
No abstract supplied.

November 12, 2009
US Coast Guard Rescue 21 Communications Proposal Public Meeting Scheduled
The NPS and US Coast Guard will hold a public meeting on the proposed communications installations for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Meeting to be held on November 18, 2009, at the Gustavus School multi-purpose room from 7 to 9 pm..

November 04, 2009
Glacier Bay Shoulder Season Vessel Planning Update
The NPS has released a summary of public comment received regarding motor vessel uses in Glacier Bay during May and September. 

November 04, 2009
Humpback Whale Rescue
Park visitors spotted a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear. Park staff quickly respond...

November 02, 2009
Proposed U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Communication Installations in Glacier Bay 11/02/09
The NPS is soliciting public comment on a proposal by the U.S. Coast Guard to install and operate radio communication installations in the Glacier Bay backcountry. 

November 02, 2009
Glacier Bay Whale Waters Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions Lifted 11/02/09
Superintendent Cherry Payne announced today that the 13-knot speed limit and mid-channel course requirement for vessels traveling in all Park waters is hereby cancelled.

October 26, 2009
Glacier Bay Now On Twitter
Interested members of the public now have another option for connecting to Glacier Bay.

October 26, 2009
Proposed U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Communication Installations in Glacier Bay
The NPS is soliciting public comment on a proposal by the U.S. Coast Guard to install and operate radio communication installations in the Glacier Bay backcountry. 

October 14, 2009
Bartlett Cove Dock Repairs Scheduled
Beginning October 23, 2009, repairs to the fuel dock float and pilings, wave barrier, and the public dock float and pilings will occur. Access to the boat ramp, the dock vehicle ramp, and both dock floats may be blocked temporarily on short notice.

October 13, 2009
Glacier Bay Vessel Use Planning Update
The NPS will be considering various options to address changes in shoulder season vessel use in Glacier Bay.

September 30, 2009
Marine Vessel Operating Restrictions Remain in Effect to Protect Whales
Superintendent Cherry Payne announced today that vessel operating restrictions will remain in effect in portions of Glacier Bay National Park to protect numerous humpback whales that continue to be sighted in the area.

September 14, 2009
Gustavus Bull Moose Hunt Reminder
Moose hunters are reminded that hunting is not permitted within Glacier Bay National Park.

September 08, 2009
Berg Bay Native Allotment Boundary Advisory
Glacier Bay visitors are advised that two privately owned native allotments in Berg Bay have been posted as Private Property/No Trespassing.

July 24, 2009
Camper Dropoff Relocated From Queen Inlet To Sundew Cove
Due to recent bear activity near the Queen Inlet camper dropoff, the dropoff is being relocated to Sundew Cove, on the western shore of Glacier Bay near Hugh Miller Inlet.

July 22, 2009
Bear Advisory For The Shoreline Of Glacier Bay From Tidal Inlet To The Peninsula Between Queen And Rendu Inlets
Chief of Resource Management Craig Smith recommends that campers avoid camping between Tidal Inlet and the peninsula between Queen and Rendu Inlets due to recent bear activity.

July 22, 2009
Vessel Speed Restriction Area Changed at the Entrance to Glacier Bay
Today, Superintendent Cherry Payne announced new boundaries for the special whale waters area in Park waters in Icy Strait, beginning at 5 AM Thursday July 23.

July 17, 2009
Bear Advisory For The Point Of Land Between Queen And Rendu Inlets
Chief of Resource Management Craig Smith recommends that campers avoid camping on the point of land between Queen and Rendu Inlets due to recent bear activity.

July 15, 2009
Vessel Speed Restrictions Lifted at the Entrance to the West Arm of Glacier Bay
Acting Superintendent Wayne Howell announced today that the 13 knot vessel speed limit at the entrance to the West Arm of Glacier Bay will be lifted beginning at 5 AM Thursday July 16.

July 10, 2009
Gustavus Wildfire Response on July 6, 2009
Personnel from the Gustavus Volunteer Fire Department, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska DOT, USDA Forest Service, and local residents suppress a potentially dangerous wildfire threatening homes in Gustavus, AK.

July 01, 2009
New Vessel Speed Restrictions In Lower Glacier Bay And Revised Whale Waters Boundaries At Entrance To The West Arm
No abstract supplied.

June 24, 2009
Vessel Speed Restrictions Extended To Point Dundas And The Entrance To The West Arm
No abstract supplied.

June 19, 2009
Alert to Vessel Operators Regarding Harbor Seals on Floating Ice
Glacier Bay vessel operators are asked to avoid harbor seals hauled out on floating ice. 

June 05, 2009
2010 Proposed Cruise Ship Quotas
Superintendent Cherry Payne is soliciting comment on the proposed cruise ship use day quota for the 2010 season. Comments must be received by June 22, 2009.

May 15, 2009
Meeting Change: Shoulder Season Charter Vessel Use Public Meeting
PLEASE NOTE NEW MEETING LOCATION! The Shoulder Season Charter Vessel Use public meeting will be held on May 20, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Gustavus Chapel.

May 14, 2009
Vessel speed restrictions
No abstract supplied.

April 03, 2009
Shoulder Season Vessel Use Planning
Charter vessel use in Glacier Bay during May and September has increased significantly in recent years. The National Park Service is soliciting information about this “shoulder season” use to clarify issues and natural resource concerns.

March 27, 2009
Glacier Bay Foundation Statement open for comment
No abstract supplied.

March 24, 2009
Unstable Slopes, Landslides, and Giant Waves
Glacier Bay visitors need to be aware that slope failures in Tidal Inlet may produce large waves and a risk to boaters and campers.

January 14, 2009
Glacier Bay Awards Cruise Ship Contracts
New ten year concession contracts awarded to four cruise ship companies for operations in Glacier Bay National Park.

January 09, 2009
Proposed Compendium Changes for 2009
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is seeking public comment on the park’s proposed 2009 Superintendent’s Compendium. All comments must be postmarked by February 9, 2009.

December 24, 2008
Notice of Draft LEIS Availability and Public Comment Period
The Draft Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for Harvest of Glaucous-winged Gull Eggs by Huna Tlingit in Glacier Bay National Park is now open for comment.

October 20, 2008
Glacier Bay Whale Waters Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions Lifted
Superintendent Cherry Payne announced today that the 13-knot speed limit and mid-channel course requirement for vessels traveling in all Park waters is hereby cancelled.

October 07, 2008
Cruise ship quotas
Superintendent Cherry Payne proposes cruise ship quota for the 2009 operating season. Public comment is solicited.

October 01, 2008
Vessel Restrictions Remain in Effect to Protect Whales
Superintendent Cherry Payne announced today that vessel operating restrictions will remain in effect in portions of Glacier Bay National Park to protect numerous humpback whales that continue to be sighted in the area.

September 05, 2008
Proposed Invasive Plant Management Plan Environmental Assessment Available & Open for Public Comment
The Alaska Region has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for invasive plant management, which includes work to be done in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

August 27, 2008
Glacier Bay National Park Receives Environmental Program Recognition
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has been recognized for Environmental Management Program accomplishments in 2007.

August 22, 2008
Cruise Ship Proposals
Six Cruise Lines Submit Proposals to Operate in Glacier Bay

August 17, 2008
Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions in Whidbey Passage
Superintendent Cherry Payne announced today that the mid-channel course restriction and vessel speed limit of 13 knots through the water in Whidbey Passage is canceled, effective immediately.

August 11, 2008
Tweedsmuir Glacier Surges To The Alsek River
The surging Tweedsmuir Glacier in Canada threatens to block the Alsek River. Such an event could cause outburst flooding that threatens river rafters, Dry Bay residents, and cause damage to park and private property.

August 06, 2008
Park roads and parking areas to be chip sealed in August 2008
No abstract supplied.

August 01, 2008
Temporary Camping Closure In The Nunatak Cove Area No Longer In Effect
No abstract supplied.

July 25, 2008
Changes in Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions to Protect Whales
Acting Superintendent Mark Foster announced today that a mid-channel course and vessel speed limit of 13 knots through the water is being implemented in Whidbey Passage in Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. At the same time, Foster announced that the 13 knot speed limit for vessels traveling between Willoughby and Flapjack Islands has been lifted. These revised restrictions will apply from 5 AM Saturday July 26 until further notice.

July 17, 2008
Vessel Speed Restrictions Implemented Around Point Carolus And The Entrance To Glacier Bay
No abstract supplied.

July 14, 2008
Temporary Camping Closure In The Nunatak Cove Area
This notice is to inform kayakers of a temporary closure to overnight camping issued from 1 mile north of Nunatak Cove to 1 mile south of Goose Cove in the East Arm of Glacier Bay due to a recent bear incident.

July 09, 2008
Bear Advisory Issued For Northern Composite Island
District Ranger Gus Martinez announces a bear advisory in effect for northern Composite Island due to a recent incident involving two sub-adult brown bears and a lone kayaker.

July 08, 2008
Vessel Speed Restrictions Implemented Near Willoughby Island In Glacier Bay To Protect Whales
No abstract supplied.

July 01, 2008
Bear Activity at McBride Glacier
This notice is to advise kayakers of a potential for Bear/Human conflict at the mouth of McBride Inlet

June 27, 2008
Bear Advisory Issued For the Bartlett Cove Campground
Chief Ranger Randy Larson announces a bear advisory in effect for the Bartlett Cove Campground due to a recent incident in which a bear obtained food from a tent.

June 26, 2008
Bear Advisory Issued For Northern Beardslee Islands
Chief Ranger Randy Larson announces a bear advisory in effect for the northern Beardslee Island due to a recent incident in which a black bear obtained food from a kayaker.

June 05, 2008
Vessel Speed Restrictions Implemented In Lower Glacier Bay To Protect Whales
No abstract supplied.

May 20, 2008
Glacier Bay Cruise Ship Prospectus
May 20, 2008

January 16, 2008
Compendiums Open for Comment
Alaska's National Parks are inviting comment on each park's designations, closures and restrictions.

December 31, 2007
Bartlett Cove Whale Display Proposed
The National Park Service will prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Bartlett Cove area to consider display of a 46 foot humpback whale skeleton. The environmental consequences of a range of alternatives will be analyzed.

September 24, 2007
New Superintendent Announced at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
National Park Service Regional Director Marcia Blaszak announced today that Cherry Payne was selected to be the next superintendent at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Former Superintendent Tomie Lee recently retired from the National Park Service. “Cherry brings a wealth of experience in park management, park operations, interpretation, and partnerships to the Alaska Region,” stated Blaszak. “She will be a wonderful asset to us as Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve continues to offer excellent opportunities for visitors to experience Southeast Alaska.”

June 08, 2007
TEMPORARY CLOSURE IN THE QUEEN AND RENDU INLET AREA NO LONGER IN EFFECT
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Tomie Lee announced today that the temporary closure to foot traffic and overnight camping due to recent bear activity in Queen and Rendu Inlets, in the West Arm of Glacier Bay is no longer in effect. The closure extended from the West shore of Queen Inlet, east of longitude 136 degrees, 38 minutes along the entire shoreline to the East shore of Rendu Inlet , west of longitude 136 degrees, 33 minutes (see attached map). The area was closed after a brown bear sow was observed near a dead bear cub in accordance with the park’s guidelines for managing bear-human interactions, in a precautionary effort to prevent injuries to those visiting this area of the park.

June 01, 2007
TEMPORARY CLOSURE IN THE QUEEN AND RENDU INLET AREA
No abstract supplied.

May 31, 2007
Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions Implemented to Protect Whales
No abstract supplied.

December 27, 2006
Proposed Compendium Changes for 2007
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is seeking public comment on the park's proposed 2007 Superintendent’s Compendium.

November 30, 2006
Glacier Bay National Park Vessel Management Plan Regulations
Glacier Bay National Park, Vessel Management Plan Regulations

September 26, 2006
Whidbey Passage Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions Lifted
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Tomie Lee announced today that the 13 knot vessel speed limit and mid-channel course restriction in Whidbey Passage will be lifted as of 5AM on Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

September 18, 2006
Point Dundas to Point Gustavus Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions Lifted
No abstract supplied.

September 06, 2006
Glacial Outburst Occurs at Abyss Lake
Boaters in Dundas Bay, located in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, this weekend reported that Abyss Lake has apparently released a large quantity of water as a result of a predicted sudden glacial outburst.

August 31, 2006
Vessel Operating Restrictions Effective 1 Sep 2006
No abstract supplied.

Did You Know?

Harbor Seal

Harbor seal pups are born in an advanced stage of development. They can swim from birth and dive for up to two minutes at just two or three days old.