Glacier Bay National Park: Voted the Number One National Park in the USA by readers of Consumer Reports Magazine, Glacier Bay NP offers a number of Park related activities at Bartlett Cove including guided nature walks, NPS Ranger led presentations, and the National Park Service Visitor Center.
Glacier Bay National Park Day Boat Tour: A full day tour of mind-blowing Glacier Bay aboard the NPS authorized tour vessel includes a full lunch, snack, and the narration of a National Park Service Ranger. Travel 65 miles “up the Bay” aboard a comfortable, roomy catamaran and thrill to the abundant wildlife, 15,000 foot Fairweather mountain range, and the astonishing tide water glaciers and glacial geology Glacier Bay is justifiably famous for! Delight in frequently seen whales, sea lions, seals, mountain goat, bear, and over 200 bird species including puffins and bald eagles as well as spectacular mountain scenery and calving tidewater glaciers on this “must do” activity while visiting Glacier Bay!
Whale Watching Tours: Over 85 humpback whales return to the Glacier Bay – Icy Strait area every summer to feed all summer in the incredibly rich waters of the Glacier Bay area. An experienced, local captain and crew offer half or full day tours to Icy Strait to marvel at these magnificent creatures and their sometimes astounding activities aboard a comfortable viewing vessel daily. Sea lions, seals, sea otters, killer whales, and over 200 sea bird species (some rare) are also frequently observed along the lush rainforest clad shores on this unforgettable experience that many guests do more than once!
Sea Kayaking: Paddler, Outside, and Sea Kayaker Magazines in recent years all rate the Glacier Bay – Icy Strait area as one of the top five sea kayaking areas in North America. Choose a guided trip, suitable for beginners and/or experienced paddlers, or rent a top quality sea kayak for a self-guided trip for more self assured experienced paddlers. Either option offers a unique way to explore the quiet back waters of Glacier Bay or Icy Strait. Enjoy lunch on the beach in the solitude of this magnificent wilderness, observe wildlife, or lounge on a quiet beach far from anyone or anything! Full or half day guided tours or rentals are available and an upgraded full day tour offers the opportunity to kayak in the marine rich waters of Point Adolphus close to humpback whales, Steller sea lions, and much more. All kayak tours provide options for wildlife and nature experiences.
Salt Water Charter Fishing: The icy waters of Icy Strait and Cross Sound offer world class sport fishing for halibut, salmon, ling cod, black cod, and sea bass. Choose a half or full day of guided fishing aboard a fully outfitted charter boat with all equipment included. Experienced local guides find that fishing hole that doesn’t disappoint and impart their knowledge and enthusiasm for fishing Alaska’s rich waters!
Fresh Water Fly Fishing: The abundant salmon, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, and grayling that congregate in the many rivers, streams, and mountain lakes of the area offer an unforgettable fishing experience for the discriminating angler! An experienced local guide accompanies you by boat or bush plane to a remote stream or lake and shows you tips, tricks and techniques to land that trophy fish. Nothing beats the thrill of catching Alaskan sport fish on light tackle!
Outer Banks Tour: Take a one-of-a-kind spectacular full day tour of Icy Strait and Cross Sound looking for a wide variety of wildlife including the ever present humpback whales, killer whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, and thousands of sea birds. Go ashore for lunch at the remote and charming fishing village of Elfin Cove and stroll the boardwalk, then head for the outer coast and the untamed beauty of the Northern Pacific coastline. This is an extraordinary trip off the beaten path that few people experience.
Aerial Tours: Observe this magnificent and vast wilderness from the unique perspective of an Alaskan bush plane for a unique and different experience! See the enormous expanse of the Brady ice field, cascading glaciers, mountain goats grazing on cliffs, brown bear scurrying on the beach, or be dropped off at a secluded lake, river, or beach! Many options for custom aerial tours are available and offer a terrific opportunity to explore areas rarely visited or even seen!
Hiking: Hiking trails in the Gustavus and Bartlett Cove area of Glacier Bay National Park range in length and difficulty depending on your desires. National Park Service naturalist led hikes are available at select times of the day, or we offer guided hikes right from the Annie Mae Lodge led by a local naturalist that can be customized to your interests and/or ability. Maps and information are available for those that wish to hike on their own.
Biking: The flat lands of the Gustavus area and lots of off road trails and tracks make for great mountain biking. Guided mountain bike and hike options customized to your interests and/or ability are available right from the Annie Mae Lodge. Borrow one of our Lodge bikes to explore Gustavus on your own – we’ll tell you where.
CUSTOM PACKAGES: Let us know which activities interest you! We can customize an exciting package just for you!