Place

Bartlett Cove

A boulder on a rocky shore, pink sunset clouds overhead. Tall spruce trees flank the shore.
Bartlett Cove summertime sunset

NPS Photo

Quick Facts
Bartlett Cove is the geographic headquarters of Glacier Bay. Located just inside the mouth of Glacier Bay, Bartlett Cove is a protected bay with many visitor services offered in the summer months. A public dock is available, with fuel and pump-out services. Many boating adventures begin here, including the Day Boat, and kayak rentals.

Visit, stay or eat at the historic Glacier Bay Lodge, and enjoy a view of Bartlett Cove from the back deck.
Speaking of the lodge, don't forget to stop by the Glacier Bay Visitor Center, located on the upper floor of the lodge. Ranger programs, interpretive displays, and more can be found at our visitor center!

Starting a multi-day adventure into Glacier Bay? Start at the VIS! The Visitor Information Station (VIS) has all the permitting info for your boat or camping trip. Bear canisters can be checked out from the VIS for your backpacking trip. Rangers here are a great wealth of knowledge for trip planning.

Need a place to camp? Stay at tranquil Bartlett Cove Campground. Reservations can be made at the VIS.

Experience the cultural history of Glacier Bay while visiting the Huna Tribal House, located on the shore of Bartlett Cove. Check the interpretive schedule to see when summer programs are being offered at the Tribal House.

Trails! Several trails of various difficulties and distances begin in Bartlett Cove. Check out trail maps and more here.

Finally, the park headquarters is located in Bartlett Cove. From here, Park Rangers live and work, to help preserve and protect Glacier Bay for generations to come.

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Last updated: November 7, 2021