Gustavus — Gateway to Glacier Bay
Wildlife Viewing

photo of Gustavus area wildlife

Marvel at the glaciers and wildlife on a boat tour into the heart of Glacier Bay National Park. Look and listen for migrating sandhill cranes at the Dude Creek Critical Habitat Area. Paddle the sheltered waters of the Beardslee Islands, keeping your eyes open for wildlife. Watch for whales and other marine mammals while standing on the Gustavus dock, or on a boat or guided kayak tour to Icy Strait. Thousands of visitors come to Glacier Bay National Park each summer, attracted by the astounding scenery and thriving wildlife populations. After visiting the park, spend a few days in the nearby town of Gustavus, where you’re sure to find additional surprises and delights. Wildlife viewing, beautiful surroundings, and gracious residents are just a few of the reasons why Gustavus is an excellent addition to any Glacier Bay trip. For information on tours and lodging, consult the Gustavus Visitors Association. Visit or call 907-697-2454. For information on Glacier Bay, visit the National Park Service website at or call (907) 697-2230.

Gustavus Wildlife Viewing Sites