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Glacier Bay Updates

Please see my Glacier Bay guidebook and annotated chart for details on trip preparation, campsites, and more. The following covers only recent changes and specific events, such as the annually-released tour boat drop-off schedule.

New 2021 Info

Covid has altered some details of the park's permitting process.

  • The park is encouraging everyone to do the backcountry orientation and permit online before arrival. Use these links.

    1. Backcountry orientation and permit
    2. Walk-in campground permit

    Your permits will be waiting for you outside the Visitor Information Station (aka the VIS).

  • The park has canceled the usual 6:00 PM orientation and permitting. The Visitor Information Station will close at 5:00 PM.

    This could be frustrating for anyone arriving on the 4:40 PM Alaska Airlines flight, still a 20 minutes taxi ride from the park and hoping for information or a place to camp. If camping that night or if heading into the backcountry early the next morning, your only option is to request permits prior to arrival.

  • You can still request permits and do the orientation in person at the VIS at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM as usual.

Daily Tour Boat drop-offs are scheduled for 2021 as follows.

  • May 29 - July 15: Mt. Wright and Scidmore.

  • July 16 - Sept 6: Sebree Island and Blue Mouse Cove except Tuesdays when Blue Mouse switches to Ptarmigan.

  • See Volume 1 for details on pickups and drop-offs.