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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Description - Great tidewater glaciers, a dramatic range of plant communities (rocky terrain recently covered by ice to lush temperate rain forest) and a large variety of animals, including brown and black bear, mountain goats, whales, seals, and eagles can be found within the park. Also within the park boundaries are Mount Fairweather, the highest peak in southeast Alaska, and the U.S. portion of the Alsek River.

Recreation - Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is most easily seen from a boat. Other activities in the park include sightseeing, wildlife viewing, boating, kayaking, and ranger programs. Private motor vessels wishing to enter the park must have a permit between June 1 and August 31. Reservations are recommended, as these permits are limited, and may be obtained by contacting the park. Campers are required to obtain a permit, though these are not limited. An Alaska state fishing license is required for fishing in the park or preserve.

It is 65 miles from the forests of Bartlett Cove to the tidewater glaciers. This boat trip is undertaken by almost all visitors and is a highlight of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Because weather conditions can occasionally
cause flight cancellations, it is advisable to allow some extra travel time in your itinerary.

Climate - Long periods of rainy, cool, and overcast weather are common in Southeast Alaska. Summer daytime temperatures range from 45- 65F. A hat, gloves, raingear and sturdy, waterproof footgear are recommended.

Location - Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is located in southeast Alaska, about 65 air miles northwest of Juneau.

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Contact Information:
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 128 , West Glacier, MT, 59936-0128, Phone: 406-888-7800

Additional Information:
Alaska Marine Highway System - Designated as an Alaska State Scenic Byway in recognition of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and coastal history.
Alaska National Parks and Monuments -
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve - Official agency website


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