Sea kayaking is an incredible way to experience the vast wilderness and solitude of Glacier Bay. Kayak trips can originate from Bartlett Cove, or kayakers can use the camper drop-off service to begin a trip further upbay, closer to the park's iconic tidewater glaciers. Making reservations in advance for kayak rentals and drop-off services is recommended. Guided day trips and overnight kayak trips are also available.
For general backcountry camping information, visit the Camping page.
Backcountry Permits and Camper Orientation
From May 1 to September 30, all overnight backcountry users (including kayakers) must register complete a free backcountry permit and an annual backcountry orientation held at the Bartlett Cove Visitor Information Station.(Permit and orientation form can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
During the summer months, kayakers can arrange with Glacier Bay Lodge to be dropped off and/or picked up by the daily tour boat at designated camper dropoff locations upbay. Advance reservations are recommended for kayakers as the number of kayaks the daily tour boat can carry is limited.
Kayak Rentals and Guided Day Kayaking
Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks provides guided day kayaking and kayak rentals and can be contacted at (907) 697-2257.
Guided Overnight Kayak Trips
See the Glacier Bay Visitor Services Directory for a list of authorized companies providing guided overnight trips.
Keeping Glacier Bay Wild
Glacier Bay is home to both black and brown bears, and backcountry users should take special measures to keep themselves safe and to keep bears wild. All food and other scented items must be properly stored in an approved bear-resistant food canister, provided by the park at no charge. Learn more about staying safe in bear country.
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Last updated: July 19, 2022