One Day Kayak Adventures in Glacier Bay
If you are short on time in our area, or if you do not wish to bring your camping equipment along, you might prefer one of our shorter, one day kayaking options in Glacier Bay National Park. You can either rent a safe, stable sea touring kayak by the day or half-day and strike out on your own, or you can join one of our guided day kayaking trips.
Bartlett Cove, headquarters of Glacier Bay National Park offers the novice kayaker a very protected rain forest environment in which to paddle and explore. Kayakers may paddle along the shores of Lester Island and Point Gustavus with opportunities to view a variety of land mammals, marine and bird life. Seals, porpoise, sea otter, black bear, moose, bald eagles, and whales are some of the wildlife you can expect to see.
For our rental guests, our expert kayak instructors will outfit you with the appropriate kayak and equipment, and issue additional gear according to your specifications and the day's weather conditions. Others may prefer to join with a group of like-minded explorers, and kayak with an experienced guide/naturalist, stopping to view wildlife, share a lunch or snack of local delicacies, and hike briefly along shore, before returning back to our Bartlett Cove site.
If you would like to rent a kayak for the day during your stay in our area, or participate in a guided day kayak trip, give us a call or have your host make arrangements for you. We can pick you up at your inn, lodge, or bed & breakfast, and provide transportation for you from Gustavus to Bartlett Cove, or if you are staying in the Glacier Bay Lodge, we will meet you there. You may also make an advance reservation by filling out the Day Tour Reservation Form. Due to the size of our cockpit openings, a participant's hip/waist size should not exceed 54 inches (137 cm) as measured when seated.
During your visit to Gustavus, be sure to dedicate a day to see the West Arm of Glacier Bay, the crown jewel of the National Park system. We're happy to make your reservations for a day cruise on the daily tour boat.
Guided Kayak Day Tours
You can join us for a leisurely guided sea kayaking adventure in Glacier Bay National Park's Bartlett Cove. Our experienced kayak guides are trained naturalists and will help you to connect with the marine environment, forested wilderness shorelines, and abundant wildlife, including birds, marine mammals, moose and black bears. Your guide will ensure that everyone in the group experiences the delights of kayaking and learns about the rich natural and cultural history of the area. A full day trip includes a relaxed lunch on a secluded beach, and a short educational nature walk to round out the adventure.
If you're arriving on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry into Gustavus, consider making advance reservations for our afternoon tour on the day of your arrival!
Full Day Tour: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Morning Tour: 9:00 AM -12:30 PM
Afternoon Tour: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost includes rain gear, boots, kayak gear, permits, snacks, lunch on the full day tour, and round-trip van transportation from your Gustavus lodging. Tour times include outfitting and de-outfitting. *Rates are per person and do not include 3% sales tax or guide gratuities.
Evening paddles or custom trips can be arranged for groups of 5 or more. Please inquire about group sizes and custom prices.
Full-Day or Half-Day Kayak Rentals
Twice daily, we offer kayak rentals, outfitting, and instruction for those wishing to explore Glacier Bay's Bartlett Cove or the high tide dependent Beardslee Island area. We meet all kayakers going out for the day at the NPS Visitor Information Station (VIS) in Bartlett Cove, located just a short walk from our kayak racks near Glacier Bay Lodge.
Once our staff has introduced the kayaks and equipment, maps are issued and special tide considerations for the area are covered, as well as kayaking techniques and safety. Individuals, groups, and families then depart from the beach below the kayak racks. Kayak rental and instruction sessions generally last about an hour. Individuals renting single kayaks should be experienced. If you are alone or inexperienced, we encourage you to find a partner and rent a safe, stable double kayak.
Full Day Rental: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Morning Rental: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Afternoon Rental: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Rental includes rain gear, boots, small dry bags, kayak gear, map, permits, and instruction. *Rates are per person and do not include 3% sales tax.
A 50% trip deposit will hold your reservation with us and is refundable in full up to 14 days prior to departure. No refunds less than 14 days prior to your trip date.