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.
the Glacier Bay Lodge operates a daily tour through Glacier Bay, along with a camper drop-off service. A Park Ranger Naturalist will guide the tour each day in the Bay! Junior Rangers will be sworn in, scenery and wildlife will awe passengers, and a day of adventure will leave you with unforgettable experiences. In addition, the "Day Boat" as it is colloquially named, operates a camper drop-off service, which offers campers and their kayaks (as needed) a drop-off at two locations in Glacier Bay.
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. Learn more about tour vessels in Glacier Bay.
Last updated: May 25, 2023