Sea kayaking is a popular way to experience the wilderness of Glacier Bay. Kayak trips can originate from Bartlett Cove, or the daily tour boat can transport kayakers via the camper drop-off service. Making reservations for a rental kayak and the daily tour boat is recommended well in advance. If you prefer, guided day and overnight kayak trips are available.
This trip is good for:
Anyone, even beginner paddlers, with experience navigating in wilderness, dealing with tides, and camping safely in bear country. At least some party members should know how to conduct an open-water rescue. While the waters in Glacier Bay tend to be placid during summer, tidal shifts are large and potentially dangerous, especially in narrow and shallow areas.
Fly into Gustavus, Alaska, the small gateway town to Glacier Bay National Park. Local carriers Wings of Alaska (907-789-0790, wingsofalaska.com) and Air Excursions (907-697-2375, airexcursions.com) provide air service in Southeast Alaska, including frequent flights from Juneau to Gustavus.