Glacier Bay Wilderness


The Glacier Bay Wilderness now contains a total of 2,664,876 acres and is managed by the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Alaska. In 1980 the Glacier Bay Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to " for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.Contact Information:GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVEP.O. Box 140Gustavus, AK 99826-0140Phone: 907-697-2230Fax: 907-697-2654Yakutat Ranger District: 907-784-3295, After-hours emergency: 907-697-2651, Alsek River Hotline: 907-784-3370, Recreational Boater Information: 907-697-2627.


Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is located in the "panhandle" of southeast Alaska. The center of the park is approximately 90 miles northwest of Juneau, the state capitol, and 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, the state's largest city. Park headquarters and visitor facilities are located at Bartlett Cove approximately 9 miles from the small village of Gustavus. There is no road access to the park from other areas of the US or Canada, so visitors either fly into Gustavus or reach Glacier Bay by cruise ship, commercial tour, charter or private vessel. All visitor information and facilities are located in Bartlett Cove. The park also maintains a ranger station in Yakutat, Alaska along with Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Whitewater rafting information (reservations, trip planning, permits, etc) for the Alsek River is available at the Yakutat office.




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