Ride the Ferry to Gustavus, Alaska
Beginning November 2010, Gustavus is now accessible via the Alaska Marine Highway departing from Juneau. The ferry arrives at the new Gustavus dock located 10 miles from Bartlett Cove.
Glacier Bay National Park visitors will now be able to conveniently arrive in Gustavus along with their bikes, kayaks, and even personal vehicles aboard the ferry Le Conte. We look forward to these new visitation options and the many opportunities that they afford both visitors and residents. For detailed ferry information on, rates, booking, and schedules please contact the Alaska Marine Highway System.
This is the first time that Glacier Bay National Park and the city of Gustavus have ever been linked to the road system. It may take time for the park and community to fully adapt to these new opportunities, and those visiting with a personal vehicle on the ferry will not yet find all the formal services and amenities one might expect in other road-linked Alaska communities.
Those planning on visiting Gustavus and Glacier Bay with a vehicle should be advised that:
Stay tuned as things develop. For the latest visitor information and trip-planning information, please contact the following:
For information on visiting Glacier Bay National Park:
For information on visiting Gustavus:
For information on the Ferry:
Did You Know?
When Captain George Vancouver surveyed Southeast Alaska in 1794, the wall of ice that filled the bay was (at its greatest extent) 100 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 4,000 feet thick. Just 250 years later, this same ice has retreated 65 miles, the fastest glacial retreat on record.