Imagine waking to the sound of a whale blow! You fix your coffee and sit on the back deck while your boat gently rocks, looking out over the magnificent expanse of water and mountains. Suddenly, up pops a curious harbor seal only a few yards away! These are only a couple of the common occurences while visiting Glacier Bay National Park on your own boat.
When to Apply for a Permit
Complete this application and email back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All boaters are required to make a radio call to "KWM20 Bartlett Cove" on VHF channel 12 or 16 immediately upon entering the bay (36 CFR § 13.1152(b)) . Boaters must proceed directly to the Visitor Information Station in Bartlett Cove for a required orientation prior to continuing into Glacier Bay. Orientations are offered throughout the day; call the Visitor Information Station at (907) 697-2627 for the current boater orientation schedule.
In planning your trip, please note that pets are not allowed on shore anywhere in Glacier Bay National Park, except on a leash in the Bartlett Cove developed area. Before arriving, you may want to be familiar with other park regulations, particularly those regulations that apply to boaters.
Contacting the Visitor Information Station
To submit completed applications, or to request additional information, contact the Visitor Information Station by email, phone, fax, VHF radio, or USPS mail.
Phone: (907) 697-2627
Fax: (907) 697-2654
VHF marine radio: KWM20 BARTLETT COVE on channel 12 or 16
Visitor Information Station
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826
The Visitor Information Station is open May 1 through September 30.
Hours May and September: 8 am to 5 pm.
Hours June through August: 7 am to 7 pm
Last updated: September 18, 2019