Bartlett Cove Campground


Covid-19 Update:

Due to impacts to travel caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Glacier Bay is pushing back the start of its visitor services season to July 1. All facilities in Bartlett Cove are TEMPORARILY closed to non-approved entry, please call ahead: 907-697-2230. We will update this page as new information becomes available. More details in this press release.

The National Park Service maintains a free walk-in campground in Bartlett Cove, located in a scenic rainforest setting along the shore, 1/4-mile south of the Bartlett Cove dock. The campground features bear-proof food storage caches, composting toilets, a fire pit on the beach, and a small warming shelter. Firewoord is provided.

Please register for a site at the Visitor Information Station near the public dock. Wheelbarrows are available for transporting gear between the parking area, dock, and campground.

Please Note: Reservations for the campground are not accepted. Camping is first come-first serve. Campers are welcome to contact the Visitor Information Station at (907) 697-2627 about space availability prior to arrival.

Beach Trail to the Campground
Beach Trail to the Campground

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If you plan to visit Glacier Bay with a vehicle, please be aware that the Bartlett Cove campground is a walk in campground, accessible by foot only. There are no RV facilities (dump station, hookups, vehicle sites, etc.) or vehicle camping areas within the park. Camping or sleeping in vehicles is not permitted in parking areas or along the park road. For information on RV facilities in the town of Gustavus, please contact the Gustavus Visitors Association.

Campground Regulations:
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  • A permit and a brief orientation are required for camping in the campground.
  • All food and other scented items must be stored in one of the campground's three food caches.
  • 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.
  • Water and garbage cans are located outside the Visitor Information Station.
  • Stays are limited to 14 days at a time, with a maximum of 30 days in a calendar year.
  • Bicycles are not permitted in the campground, but a covered bike rack is located at the beginning of the trail to the campground.
  • Kayaks may be stored under the fuel dock.
  • Designated group camping sites are available for parties of 12 or more.
  • Camping outside of the campground is prohibited within one mile of Bartlett Cove
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Where is it?
Map of Bartlett Cove Campground

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Current Conditions
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Last updated: April 1, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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