Charter fishing and whalewatching await from the Gustavus dock, located in Icy Strait, known for its protected calm waters and abundant marine resources. Marine mammals in the area include humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions and sea otters, and expect to see a number of marine birds. Fish in the area include king and Coho salmon, herring, and large halibut. Book through your accomodation or with the operators, usually in advance.
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New at the '4-Corners' is the Clove Hitch Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Also for your dining pleasure there are a variety of locations, that, with a little planning, will provide enjoyment and convenience. Around town in the evening: Plan for a lovely dinner with fine cuisine by reserving at some of the local Inns (Annie Mae, Beartrack, or Gustavus Inn) by advance reservation. Or take a drive out to Bartlett Cove and enjoy the sunset over the Fairweather Mountains in the full service restaurant at the Glacier Bay Lodge.
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Visitors can easily spend a day exploring the Nature Conservancy’s Forelands Preserve, the beach, the dock and the back roads of Gustavus. Imagine walking the beach at tide line for many miles, crossing low-tide rivers and following the curve of Icy Strait. Gustavus also has trails that lead to river banks, upstream fishing holes, Lake Gustavus and the wild beach at the end of the runway at the airport. Many local accommodations provide bikes. The flat and open terrain and asphalt surface make for pleasant biking. The longest trip, to Bartlett Cove, is under an hour, and other areas around town are just around the corner!
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