Guided Kayaking Stipulations

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Commercial Use Authorization Activity-Specific Stipulations

Attachment XX – 2019 Guided Kayaking Stipulations


  1. Guided kayaking services are limited to the marine waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve from September 11 through May 31 and to the marine waters of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, excluding Glacier Bay (north of a line from Pt. Gustavus to Pt. Carolus) from June 1 through September 10.
  2. The authorized area for guided kayaking from June 1 through September 10 is broken up into the following areas:
    • Excursion Inlet
    • Dundas Bay
    • Taylor Bay
    • Cape Spencer to Palma Bay
    • Palma Bay to the entrance of Lituya Bay
    • Lituya Bay
    • Entrance of Lituya Bay to Sea Otter Creek.
  3. Leave No Trace principles must be followed.
    • Trip Garbage and Trash/Recycling- An effective system for the collection and disposal of garbage and trash is developed for on and off boat. This system includes segregation of all recyclables. All trash is maintained in such a manner as to not attract wildlife or other vermin while in the backcountry. All trash is collected after each trip, contained within a wildlife proof container, transported off site, and properly disposed. Liquid and food waste is disposed of in accordance with Department of Public Health guidelines.
    • Sanitation/Human Waste – All applicable USCG and EPA requirements for elimination or storage and pump-out of grey and black water are met. Hand washing facilities are readily available. If hand washing facilities are not feasible, hand sanitizer must be provided.
  4. If the trip involves overnight camping within the park, the stipulations for Backcountry Use also apply:
    • Within Glacier Bay, guided parties may use beach areas for camping only on the first and last night of each trip.
    • On shore group size is limited to 12 people, including guides and clients
    • Groups must not remain longer than three consecutive nights in the same campsite, unless specifically authorized by the Superintendent.
  5. No structures are built, including rock walls, trenches, or new fire rings. Only approved wood (drift or dead and down) is used for cooking.
  6. Watercraft - All United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements for the specific vessel type, including vessel occupancy, equipment, gear, etc. are met. The watercraft is identified and registered as per Federal, State or local laws. The company name and logo is marked on each watercraft.
  7. First Aid Kit – Each water guided trip has a first-aid kit stored in a water-proof container and readily accessible to employees and guests.
  8. Boat Capacities – Kayak capacities do not exceed maximums defined by the manufacturer or USCG, except at the discretion of the Service for purposes of inspections or in emergencies.
  9. Visitor Safety and Activity Orientation - Every guided Kayak tour is preceded by an orientation and safety briefing to all participants. Guides provide briefings about the activity and safety material prior to beginning the trip activity, and repeat such information as needed at appropriate points in the trip. Items to be discussed include; nature and demands of the trip, proper fit and use of personal flotation devices, procedures to use in case a person falls into the water, use of footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat recommendations, litter and sanitation requirements, etc.
  10. Guide Safety and Security Responsibilities - Lead guides, or appropriate other professionals inspect all equipment to ensure it is in good working condition and without defects. Lead guides hold pre-trip briefing with any other crew members to ensure all crew members in party have proper licenses and/or certifications, delegate guest orientation tasks, note any guests who will require special assistance, and define pace of trip and boat order (lead and sweep). As applicable, guides define planned stops for hiking, and eating, and camping, as well as tasks related to camp set-up, cooking, etc. Guides leads file a pre-trip plan or log for each excursion. All Guides have required licenses and certifications. Guides provide extra assistance to guests as necessary. Documented routine drills with all guides including emergencies that require capsized vessels, recovery of persons who have fallen overboard, etc. are routinely conducted. Guides have Communications training (VHF radio, In-Reach, Spot, etc.) and devices are functional. Signaling Mirrors are provided to clients.
  11. Personal Flotation Devices - Properly sized lifejackets (child and adult) are available for all visitors, worn by all guides, and are serviceable and United States Coast Guard approved. Inflatable life vests are not used in whitewater or surf conditions. Life vests are worn by all participants and guides at all times while in or near the water.
  12. Restricted Areas and Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources - Guides have knowledge of and follow requirements to protect natural and cultural resources. Restrictions and other requirements as determined by the NPS are honored, and cultural resources protected. Guides brief passengers regarding applicable methods and park rules for protecting resources, especially before hikes or camps.
  13. Wildlife and Wildlife Reports - Park regulations prohibiting the feeding or disturbing of wildlife is enforced by guides. Guides brief trip participants regarding appropriate interactions with wildlife, and how to avoid unwanted interactions. If required, guides report wildlife sightings.
  14. Hiking Escorts - Hiking guides have all required first aid medical training.
  15. Guide/Crew Qualifications and Licenses - Guides have appropriate levels of skill and experiences based on the environment they are expected to operate in, typically defined to be a minimum of fifty (50) hours of training utilizing paddles and/or oars and any other equipment that a guide will be using on regulated trips. Guides have logged additional hours of on-the-job-training, typically twenty (20) additional hours before becoming full-fledged guides, as defined by state regulations or industry trade group/association best practices. Lead guides have additional experience, also as defined by state regulation or industry trade group/association best practices. All guide staff have obtained all NPS-required certifications and/or licenses. All licenses and/or certifications are available for inspection upon request. In general a guide is an effective communicator, trained to the appropriate level of skill for the activity, trained in first aid, vessel rigging and maneuvering, river and lake currents, eddies and waves, river and lake hazards, river and lake rescue and emergency practices and trained in water and wilderness survival.
  16. The Permittee must submit an activity report by the 5th of each month for the operations taking place the month prior. (i.e. activity report for May will be due June 5th). Send completed reports to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Commercial Services Office, P.O. Box 140, Gustavus, AK 99826 or e-mail us

Last updated: December 3, 2018

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