As its name implies, much of Glacier Bay National Park is water. Most of the land within the park is mountainous, covered with dense rain forest or alder thickets, and without roads or trails. While a few hardy travelers hike, raft, or climb the mountains, the vast majority of visitors travel by salt water. Glacier Bay is a natural waterway from Alaska's Inside Passage to the tidewater glaciers that are the park's main attraction. Its numerous branches, inlets, lagoons, islands, and passages offer virtually limitless opportunities for exploration.
detailed boater information. If you want to travel by water under your own power, see kayaking in Glacier Bay.
cruise ships in Glacier Bay.
Glacier Bay Lodge in Bartlett Cove during the summer months. Like the cruise ships, tour vessels have National Park Service naturalists on board to help share the wonders of the bay, spot wildlife, and present interpretive programs. Learn more about tour vessels in Glacier Bay.
For a personalized trip in the bay, charter vessels can generally take up to six passengers and are rented to a single group, usually for custom multi-day trips. Click the heading above or see charter vessel contact info for a list of charter operators permitted to operate in Glacier Bay.
Last updated: February 25, 2021