Sea kayaking is a popular way to experience the wilderness of Glacier Bay. Kayak trips can originate from Bartlett Cove, or the daily tour boat can transport kayakers via the camper drop-off service. Making reservations for a rental kayak and the daily tour boat is recommended well in advance. If you prefer, guided day and overnight kayak trips are available.
Kayak Rentals and Guided Day Kayaking
Guided Kayak Trips
Watch for strong tide rips-Notably the Sitakaday Narrows, Beardslee Entrance, McBride Inlet Entrance, and the north shore of Adams Inlet. Tide Tables are vital-be sure to have a current one and know how to read it.
Stay at least ¼ to ½ of a nautical mile from tidewater glacier faces. Be cautious near large icebergs-they roll unexpectedly and can flip a kayak.
Kayaks are very difficult to see from cruise ships and other vessels-assume that vessels cannot see you. Watch out for wakes from cruise ships and other vessels.
Never flag down another boat unless it is an emergency. Tides here are extreme, so be sure to store your kayak (and bear canister) well above high tide line.
Did You Know?
The Tlingit name for Glacier Bay is “Sit’ Eeti Gheeyi”, meaning “the bay in place of the glacier.” The name reflects the advance and retreat of the enormous glacier that carved Glacier Bay.