Regulations on this page are intended for private boaters.
Between June 1st and August 31st all vessels entering Glacier Bay are required to hold a permit. Limits on the number of vessels allowed to enter Glacier Bay are intended to enhance the quality of each visitor's experience by protecting air and water quality, providing opportunities for wilderness solitude, and promoting the well-being of marine wildlife including fish, seabirds and marine mammals.
Noise restrictions provide quiet anchorages for boaters.
Non-motorized waters allow visitors an enhanced opportunity to experience wilderness.
In designated areas, all motorized vessels (including seaplanes and sailing vessels with auxiliary motorized propulsion) are restricted from use.
In areas designated as "whale waters," all motor vessels over 18 feet in length must:
All vessels, including kayaks, operating anywhere in Park waters, including those Park waters outside Glacier Bay proper, must NOT:
If your vessel is accidentally positioned within 1/4 nautical mile of a whale, immediately slow your speed to 10 knots or less, without shifting into reverse unless impact is likely. Then, direct or maintain your course away from the whale until at least 1/4 nautical mile of separation exists.
Boaters should proceed cautiously in all areas where whales are present because whales may surface in unexpected locations, posing a hazard to both the vessel and the whale. Although humpback whales tend to be distributed along the shoreline, boaters should note that whales frequently cross mid-channel as they move between feeding sites.
Whale Sighted! What Now?
Seabird nesting closures
Harbor seal critical areas
John Hopkins Inlet
Steller sea lion critical areas
Bartlett Cove Docking and Mooring Regulations
Please read the Notice to Mariners of Underwater Cable Hazard in Bartlett Cove.
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