Rafting in Glacier Bay
The Alsek River and its major tributary, the Tatshenshini River, are large volume, swift glacial rivers. Beginning in the interior, it is one of a small number of river systems which breach the coast range, offering boaters uncommon environmental diversity, impressive scenery, and an outstanding wilderness experience.
For a list commercial operators authorized to operate in the the park and preserve see the Glacier Bay Visitor Services Directory. A permit is required for private trips. You may get on the waiting list for private trip permits by sending your name, address, home and work telephone numbers, e-mail address, and payment of $25 to cover administrative charges to: National Park Service, Yakutat Ranger Station, River Permits, PO Box 137, Yakutat AK 99869. Payment of the $25 administrative fee may be made by money order, international money order, or by using Visa or MasterCard. To pay by credit card, please provide your credit card information (cardholder name, card number, expiration date, & 3-digit security code) and indicate that you would like $25 to be charged to that card. Please note that the National Park Service cannot accept cash or checks. If you have any questions, please contact the Yakutat Ranger Station at (907)784-3295. Overnight camping permits are required by Kluane National Park on the upper Alsek River.
Rafting Permit Application and Information
Both private and commercial trip information packets are available from any of the following land managers:Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Park Headquarters, PO Box 140
Gustavus AK 99826
Phone (907) 697-2230
fax (907)697-2654 Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
PO Box 137
Yakutat, AK 99689
Phone (907) 784-3295
They have a special phone line with river information: (907) 784-3370.
Kluane National Park
Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park
As a condition of these permits, all operators are required to abide by jointly developed Environmental and Safety Standards (22KB .pdf file) for expeditions on the Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers. See also the Alsek River Management Plan.