GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE
3,280, 000 acres. Situated west of Juneau in southeast Kansas, adjacent to the Canadian border, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve protects a bay which was covered by a glacier until just 200 years ago. Terrain here is often rocky and rugged. The park is accessible only by boat or plane, with midMay through mid-September the normal visitor season. Cool and rainy weather is common in the summer.
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Within the park is the snow-covered Fair-weather Range, with 15, 320-foot Mount Fair-weather the highest point. There are also many glaciers and fjords (glacier-carved valleys filled with water), icebergs in the bay, and spruce-hem-lock forests. Wildlife includes grizzly and black bear, moose, and wolf. Among marine mammals are several species of whale.
Activities: There are no trails in the backcountry here. Hiking and backpacking are possible along beaches, meadows, and other open areas. Glaciers should be avoided except by those who are experienced in glacier travel.
Kayaking is an option around Glacier Bay, and kayaks may be rented nearby. Rafting is possible on the Alsek River. Fishing is also available. Hunting is allowed in the preserve, which comprises a small part of the total area, but not in the park.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of the region. It's suggested but not required that a backcountry use permit be filled out before departing. Campsites should be at least 300 feet from freshwater lakes or streams, and out of sight of other campers.
Campfires are permitted only below the high tide line. Pets are prohibited. Some backcountry areas may be closed to the public at times. Camping orientation sessions are held daily at a lodge in the park.
For Further Information: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Bartlett Cove, Gustavus, AK 99826; (907)697-2230.
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