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

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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July 02, 2014
A Whale Sized Attraction: Humpback Whale Exhibit Complete
On June 25th, 2014, Glacier Bay National Park celebrated the Grand Opening of “Snow” the largest humpback whale skeleton exhibit in the United States.

June 27, 2014
Nesting Bird Temporary Closure Effective June 28, 2014
Superintendent Philip Hooge announced the closure of the small island south of Leland Island to protect high concentrations of nesting seabirds. This restriction is effective from 5 AM Saturday, June 28 until July 28, 2014.

June 18, 2014
The Return of "Snow" - Humpback Whale Exhibit Grand Opening
On June 25, 2014, Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park will celebrate the grand opening of “Snow” -- an exhibit of the largest humpback whale skeleton on display in the United States.

June 09, 2014
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective June 10, 2014
Acting Superintendent Tom VandenBerg announced today that vessel operating restrictions, including a 13 knot speed limit, are being implemented in lower Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. These restrictions are effective from 5 AM Tuesday June 10 until further notice.

June 04, 2014
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective June 5, 2014
Acting Superintendent Chris Pergiel announced today that the13-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 Thursday June 5.

May 13, 2014
Whale Waters Update For Glacier Bay Effective May 14, 2014
Acting Superintendent Chris Pergiel announced today that vessel operating restrictions, including a 13 knot speed limit, are being implemented in lower Glacier Bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. These restrictions are effective from 5 AM Wednesday May 14 until further notice.

May 06, 2014
Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective May 7, 2014
Acting Superintendent Lisa Etherington 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 7 until further notice.

April 28, 2014
New Superintendent Selected For Glacier Bay
Philip Hooge, assistant superintendent at Denali National Park and Preserve, has been selected as the new Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve superintendent

April 28, 2014
Wilderness Character Narrative Released
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announces the release of its Wilderness Character Narrative. This narrative clearly defines the current status of and threats to the wilderness character of Glacier Bay National Park.

March 14, 2014
Change to Glacier Bay Compendium: Vessel "Length of Stay" Regulations
Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announces that effective immediately Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has changed the 2014 Compendium sec. 36 CFR 1152 "Length of Stay" which no longer applies.

March 11, 2014
Visitor Information Station Hours of Operation Summer 2014
Superintendent Susan L. Boudreau announces new 2014 hours of operation for the Visitor Information Station at Glacier Bay.

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.

Did You Know?

Sitka Alder

Sitka Alder is a nitrogen fixer. Like members of the bean family, they enrich the soil, making them an important contributor to soil development as plants recolonize land recently exposed from under ice.