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. Learn more about tour vessels in Glacier Bay.
Last updated: June 24, 2022