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NPS Storage Shed

NPS Storage Shed

The National Park Service (NPS) requires anyone camping in Glacier Bay National Park or the Bartlett Cove campground to obtain a camping permit. These permits are free for both the Bartlett Cove campground and backcountry.

All members of your group are required to attend the NPS Backcountry Camper Orientation, during which you will get your camping permit and file a paddle plan. The NPS staff can advise you on any current wildlife closures along your planned route and answer any questions you might have.

There are two videos to watch that are part of your required backcountry orientation that will answer your questions on minimum impact (‘Leave No Trace’) and bear country camping in Glacier Bay. All members of your party are required to watch these videos and we have included the videos at the bottom of this page.  We recommend watching them just prior to departing on your trip in order to have the details fresh in your thoughts as part of your trip preparation. The NPS offers Backcountry Camper Orientations daily at 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Based on the paddling itinerary you select, we suggest the following as the best NPS orientation session for you to attend.

10:00 AM or 3:00 PM Camper Orientations

For kayakers combining an up bay paddle itinerary in either arm with a round-trip drop-off and pick-up on the daily tour boat, or a one-way drop off up bay paddling back to Bartlett Cove. We ask that you arrive early enough in the day to attend either the 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM session, prior to our 5:00-7:00 PM kayak instruction. This will allow you to depart for your drop off by the tourboat the following morning, loading camping gear at 6:30 AM, departing at 7:30 AM.

 6:00 PM Camper Orientations

For kayakers planning an itinerary that departs by kayak from Bartlett Cove with a one-way pick up by the tour boat or paddling the Beardslees, if you arrive on the Alaska Airlines jet, you should plan on attending the 6:00 PM NPS session that evening.We will then meet you at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM the following day to issue you your kayak.

You may inquire with the rangers about storing your excess gear with them at their small storage shed located next door to the VIS. Storage is free of charge and they will issue you a tag for each piece on which you will mark your name and the date of return. If you prefer secured storage, Glacier Bay Lodge will store your gear in their baggage room for a fee or for free if you are staying there before your trip.

Frequently Asked Questions on Tides & Currents may be answered in the Tides and Currents video.

For more information see the NPS website or contact the VIS at (907)697-2627.  See also the Leave No Trace website.

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