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PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has some information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Alaska and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Alaska and the local community for more detailed information.

Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve currently has visitors centers, stores, or other facilities closed due to Covid-19. It is highly suggested that you bring all the supplies you may need in case a store is closed or shopping is limited due to local communities or the park. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Alaska and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 14, 2021
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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve - News section for more.

  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier bay Effective September 2, 2021

    September 1, 2021 | 11:59 am

    BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA – Today Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Philip Hooge lifted the 13-knot speed limit in the mouth of the East Arm that had been implemented on July 10, 2021, to protect numerous feeding humpback whales. Whale observations over the past week indicate that few whales are now using those areas. This change will go into effect at 5:00 am Thursday, September 2.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective August 21, 2021

    August 20, 2021 | 1:18 pm

    BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA – Today Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Philip Hooge lifted the 13-knot speed limit in Whidbey Passage and Lower Glacier Bay that had been implemented to protect numerous feeding humpback whales.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 31, 2021

    July 30, 2021 | 4:39 pm

    BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA – Today Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Deputy Superintendent Tom Schaff announced a 13-knot speed limit in Whidbey Passage to protect more than 20 humpback whales feeding there. This change will go into effect beginning at 5:00 AM Saturday, July 31, 2021.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 25, 2021

    July 24, 2021 | 11:57 am

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Deputy Superintendent Tom Schaff announced a 13-knot speed limit in the Lower Glacier Bay whale waters to protect at least 17 humpback whales feeding there. This change will go into effect beginning at 5:00 AM Sunday, July 25, 2021.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Whales Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 10, 2021

    July 9, 2021 | 3:07 pm

    Today, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Deputy Superintendent Tom Schaff announced an update to temporary whale waters to protect more than 30 humpback whales feeding at the entrance to the East Arm, particularly near Garforth Island and Sturgess Island. This notice removes the existing whale waters area at the entrance to the West Arm and modifies the 13-knot speed zone at the mouth of the East Arm. Three to four cow/calf pairs are frequenting this area and are more vulnerable to disturbance and collisions. These changes go into effect beginning at 5:00 AM Saturday, July 10, 2021.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective June 26, 2021

    June 25, 2021 | 10:29 am

    Today Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Deputy Superintendent Tom Schaff announced a temporary whale waters area in the nearshore waters in the lower East Arm and lower West Arm to protect more than 30 humpback whales feeding in the area. At least four cow/calf pairs frequenting the area are vulnerable to disturbance and collision. This notice implements a 13-knot speed restriction that goes into effect beginning at 5:00AM Saturday, June 26, 2021.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Digging Begins to Provide Park with Green Power

    June 4, 2021 | 3:32 pm

    Trenching begins this week on a project that will allow Glacier Bay National Park to operate on clean, renewable power by the end of 2021. Over 20 years in the making, this project – known as the “intertie” – will make hydro the primary source of power for the park by connecting the park’s existing power system with the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project, which powers much of the small Southeast Alaska community of Gustavus.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Bear Advisory for Scidmore Cut

    May 28, 2021 | 2:07 pm

    This notice is to inform campers of a bear advisory along the northern shoreline of the land between Scidmore Bay and the west arm of Glacier Bay known as Scidmore Cut (see map).

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Nesting Bird Temporary Closure June 1 - August 31, 2021

    May 28, 2021 | 1:14 pm

    This notice is to inform visitors of temporary closures to foot traffic and minimum approach distance of 100 yards at four islands in Glacier Bay. The purpose of these closures is to protect high concentrations of nesting seabirds by minimizing human caused disturbance and mortalities of chicks.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Glacier Bay Seeking Law Enforcement Ranger (Lateral Transfer)

    May 11, 2021 | 9:14 am

    Glacier Bay Seeking Law Enforcement Ranger (Lateral Transfer). Job open May 7-22

    Read more at nps.gov