Camper setting up tent in Bartlett Cove campground.
Camper setting up tent in Bartlett Cove campground
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Walk-in campground on the shores of Bartlett Cove

Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks

Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks
Rent a kayak or take a guided day-trip from Bartlett Cove

kayaking and camping

Dear Kayaker and Camper
Trip Planning Information


Camper Orientation
All campers in Glacier Bay are required to attend a camper orientation, which is offered on schedule at the Visitor Information Station. Backcountry permits are also required for overnight backcountry travel.

The following is a brief overview of some of the aspects of camper orientation. It is not intended to be complete; attendance at a camper orientation program will provide full coverage of how to camp specifically in Glacier Bay as well as pertinent closures and recent bear activity.


Campground Permits and an orientation are required for camping in the campground.

The park's only campground is located about 1/4 mile by trail from the main dock in Bartlett Cove. It has specific sites, a warming shelter, outhouses and food caches.

Group camping is permitted in the group camping area for groups of 12 or more.

Camping outside of the campground is prohibited within one mile of Bartlett Cove.

There are no facilities for vehicle camping or RVs in Glacier Bay National Park (sites, hookups, dump station, etc.)

Water and garbage cans are located outside the Visitor Information Station.

There are three food caches where all scented items are required to be stored.

Cooking and eating are only allowed in the intertidal zone (the area on the beach between the high and low tide lines).

Never leave food unattended, even when shuttling gear

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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