Camper/Kayak Transportation Within Glacier Bay

Please note that the drop off dates, locations and prices for 2018 will be updated following NPS approval, sometime in January or February 2018. The 2017 drop off sites listed below may be used as a reasonable guideline for planning, but kayakers should expect that locations may change. Prices may go up slightly. Dates of service are generally from Memorial Day thru Labor Day each year. 

Camper transport boat unloading kayakersCamper drop off up bay
Photo: Chris Arends
Daily service from May 27 through September 5, 2017.

The camper transportation service is provided by the daily tour boat M/V Baranof Wind. The boat's itinerary does include a tour of the West Arm glaciers. The boat departs daily at 7:30 AM and returns around 3:30 PM in time to connect with return flights to Juneau. The boat arrives at the East Arm site around 9:00 AM and at the West Arm site around 1:00 PM, following the tour of the West Arm and lunch on the boat. The West Arm tour typically includes the Tarr Inlet glaciers and Lamplugh Glacier. 

NPS designated drop off sites for both arms tend to be located at least a day's paddle away from any glacier. Those wishing to kayak to the glaciers from the drop off sites should generally allow a minimum of four days. Note that the drop off sites are subject to change by the National Park Service in order to minimize impact on both land and wildlife. Please refer to our Drop-Off Points Map at the bottom of this page.

pickupCamper pick up near Rendu 2017 Drop off Points Locations & Schedule          

The daily tour boat will be stopping at both the East and West Arm sites on a daily basis in 2017. Please note that the West Arm sites of Scidmore and Sundew will alternate with Ptarmigan Creek on select days of the summer. 

*Ptarmigan Creek will replace Scidmore as the drop-off and pick-up location on the following dates: 6/3, 7/2, and 7/12. Ptarmigan Creek will replace Sundew every Sunday during the second half of the summer, between July 16-Sept. 5.


May 27-July 15, 2017

July 16-Sept. 5, 2017 
Mt. Wright (East Arm) Sebree Island (East Arm)
Scidmore or Ptarmigan Creek (West Arm)* Sundew or Ptarmigan Creek (West Arm)*


loadingKayak loading in Bartlett Cove
Photo: Corey Dusin

One-Way Transportation: At least a week to ten days should be allowed to enjoy a leisurely paddle up to or back from either arm of the Bay.

Round Trip Transportation: Round trip tickets allow you to be dropped off one day and then picked up again at a later date for a return cruise to Bartlett Cove.

Day Cruise Only: For a full day cruise up to the glacier faces, perhaps combined with a short kayaking trip in Bartlett Cove/Beardslee Islands, consider a spectacular day tour of calving glaciers and wildlife. Departs at 7:30 AM and returns at 3:30 PM. No kayak drop off or pick up.


2017 Rates  -  Lunch included on board.  Special Full snack and bar service is available.                   

  One-Way Transportation R/T Transportation Day Cruise Only
Adults: $125.81 $251.62 $224.27
Children (ages 3-12 years old): $62.91 $125.81 $112.14
Rates include 3% Gustavus city sales tax and 6.4% NPS Utility Fee.

For information on transportation to Gustavus, see our webpage on "Getting Here".

See also information from Glacier Bay National Park:

  • Glacier Bay map
    • "Camper Drop-off Locations" 
    • "Boating Regulations" shows closed areas and wilderness waters

Map of Drop-Off Points in Glacier Bay



Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks is an authorized National Park Service Concession in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
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