Kayaking

Kayaking in Gustavus and Glacier Bay National Park

Gustavus Alaska is a world premier destination for sea kayaking, river kayaking, and pack rafting in and around Gustavus and Glacier Bay National Park. From the Gustavus dock or the Glacier Bay National Park Headquarters in Bartlett Cove there are guided and unguided kayak trips for half day, whole day, overnight and multidays, many of which include awesome Alaska whale watching. To better experience our special marine environment, rent a kayak and take a guided trip or a self-guided kayak adventure.

Guidebook and Map for Glacier Bay Kayakers
This beautiful three-volume guide and waterproof map covers every inlet of Glacier Bay’s spectacular 760-mile-long wilderness coast. Find practical paddling logistics, campsites, and tips for dealing with 25-foot tides, brown bears, and icebergs. Ample photography helps each visitor locate stunning glaciers, emerald rainforests, and unsurpassed wildlife. While reading in the tent, dive into Muir’s “glacier gospel,” discover Huna Tlingit history, and learn how to spot the mythical Silent City, a mirage that swirled around Victorian-era steamships. Unearth fossils transplanted from Siberia, find glaciers that slipped on metaphorical banana peels, and revel in the science of whale’s earwax, suck muck, blue bears, and more. Authored by a glaciologist and the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Glacier Bay. Find out more: