Camping in Glacier Bay
Waking to a thrush calling from the tree tops, you notice rays of sun warming the shell of your tent. You unzip the door and peer out to high tide lapping at the rocky shoreline. Ah, to think that only a few days previous you were controlled by technology...you, had chosen to leave it all behind and find the freedom of solitude.
To receive a permit and bear resistant food containers, campers must attend a 30-minute orientation offered on schedule at the Bartlett Cove Visitor Information Station. Permits are free and needed from May 1st through September 30th. The campground located at Bartlett Cove has bear-resistant food caches, firewood, and a warming hut. If desired, campers may be dropped off in the backcountry by the Park’s concession-operated tour boat. Permits are not required for areas outside the bay.
Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks
Dear Kayaker and Camper
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. Part of your experience in Glacier Bay is discovering your own campsite. Rangers do not recommend specific places to camp, but will help you plan your trip itinerary and provide you with the local knowledge necessary to travel safely in the backcountry.
Campground Permits and a short 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.
Last updated: September 18, 2018