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

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Dock Map and Regulations

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Aerial View of the Bartlett Cove Docks

The Bartlett Cove Public Use Dock is open for year round use. During the summer months Glacier Bay allows up to 25 private, 6 charter, and 3 tour boats into the bay every day; this could make for many boaters never having an opportunity to tie up to the dock; rules have been made in order to accommodate everyone.

Docking Map

 

36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 13.1122 Bartlett Cove Public Use Dock.
(a) Docking, tying down, or securing aircraft is prohibited except at the designated aircraft float at the Bartlett Cove Public Use Dock. Docking, tying down, or securing aircraft to the Bartlett Cove Public Use Dock for longer than 3 hours in a 24-hour period is prohibited. Pilots must remain with the aircraft or provide notice of their location to a park ranger. Failure to remain with the aircraft or provide notice to a park ranger is prohibited.
(b) Vehicles exceeding 30,000 pounds gross vehicle weight are prohibited on the dock, unless authorized by the Superintendent.
(c) Leaving personal property (other than vessels) unattended on, or attached to, the floats or pier without prior permission from the Superintendent is prohibited.
d) Processing commercially caught fish on the Public Use Dock is prohibited.
e) The Superintendent may authorize the buying or selling of fish or fish products on or at the Public Use Dock. Buying or selling of fish or fish products is prohibited on or at the Public Use Dock without written permission from the Superintendent.
(f) Utilizing the fuel dock for activities other than fueling and waste pump-out is prohibited. Other uses may be authorized by the Superintendent to protect park resources or public safety.
(g) Leaving a vessel unattended on the fuel dock for any length of time is prohibited.
(h) Using electrical shore power for vessels is prohibited unless otherwise authorized by the Superintendent.


36 CFR 3.6(d)(1) Operating a vessel in excess of 5 mph or creating a wake.
Operating a vessel in excess of 5 mph or creating a wake within 300 ft. of the Bartlett Cove Public Use Dock is prohibited.


36 CFR 13.1184 Rules for the safe and equitable use of Bartlett Cove waters and docks.

The following use restrictions are for the safe and equitable use of park facilities:

January 1 - December 31

  • Dock space on the Public Use Dock is assigned for use by private vessels and administrative needs of the Park (NPS vessels, Day Tour boat for concessionaire etc.) and aircraft as depicted in Appendix An (see map above). Parking in a space otherwise reserved is prohibited.
  • Residing on a vessel within Bartlett Cove for more than fourteen days during any time period is prohibited unless otherwise authorized by the superintendent.

    Bartlett Cove Waters
  • The discharge of "blackwater" (water contaminated with human waste) is prohibited in Bartlett Cove waters.
  • The placement of temporary moorings is authorized to the north or east of the Public Use Dock, provided they are at least one-quarter mile from the dock. These moorings must meet applicable marking requirements, may not be installed prior to April 1, and must be removed by November 1 in a given calendar year. Contact must be made with the Protection Ranger prior to placement of a mooring and Mooring Buoy Agreement signed.
  • Anchoring vessels within 300 ft. of the Public Use Dock is prohibited. The No Anchor Zone is depicted in Appendix A of this compendium. The placement of buoys, markers, or lines (including fishing gear) is authorized to the north or east of the Public Use Dock, provided they are at least one-quarter mile from the dock.
  • Anchoring in the inner lagoon area is limited to 7 consecutive days unless otherwise authorized by a park ranger.
  • No buoys or lines may be placed inside the inner lagoon unless otherwise authorized by a park ranger.

    May 1 -September 15
  • Vessels may dock at the Public Use Dock for a maximum of three hours in any 24-hour period, unless otherwise authorized by a park ranger.
  • Vessels less than 10 ft. in length, used exclusively as a dinghy for transportation between a boat and the dock, may dock in the designated dinghy area (see map)
  • Trailers specifically designed for transport of kayaks and canoes are allowed on the dock when authorized by a park ranger. However, when backing, the trailers must be detached from the tow vehicle and backed by hand. All other trailers and commercial passenger-carrying vehicles (such as B&B vans, taxis and buses) are prohibited from driving onto the dock unless authorized by a park ranger
  • A park ranger may authorize temporary public use of the Administrative Dock on a space available basis. Use will be limited to 3 consecutive days during the peak use season, May 1 - September 30, and 7 consecutive days the remainder of the calendar year.

    Sept. 16 - April 30
  • Vessels may tie up to the Public Use Dock for up to ten consecutive days. Vessels must leave the dock for at least one 24 hr. period for each period of 10 consecutive days. All vessels tying up to the dock must register with a park ranger on the initial day of each docking period.

    36 CFR 2.10(d)(2) Food storage: designated areas and methods
    Throughout the park, all food and beverages, food and beverage containers, garbage, harvested fish and equipment used to cook or store food must be stored in a bear resistant container (BRC) or secured within a hard sided building; within a lockable and hard sided section of a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft…

    36 2.14(a)(2) Sanitation and refuse: conditions using government receptacles
    Dumping of refuse brought into the Park or Preserve in the NPS landfill or trash receptacles is prohibited unless otherwise authorized by the superintendent. This does not preclude PRIVATE boaters from using trash receptacles at the Public Use Dock.

    36 CFR 2.14(a)(7) Sanitation: designated areas for disposal of fish remains
    Disposing of fish remains on either land or in waters within 200 feet of boat docks is prohibited.

    36 CFR 2.15(a)(1) Areas designated as closed to pets
    Pets on leash, crated, or otherwise under physical restraint are permitted in the developed area of Bartlett Cove from the Public Use Dock area to the Park Service administration area. Pets are prohibited beyond 100 ft. of established roads or parking areas; and outside the Bartlett Cove Developed Area, except in a vessel on the water.

    36 CFR 13.45(c) Designated areas where personal property may not be left unattended for any time period, limits on amounts and types, manner in which property is stored

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