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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.

  • Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Sets Visitation Record in 2023

    February 27, 2024 | 1:28 pm

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve set a visitation record in 2023, one of 20 national parks to do so last year. Glacier Bay welcomed 703,659 visitors in 2023.

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  • Story: Humpback Whale Freed from Entanglement Near Glacier Bay

    November 1, 2023 | 10:19 am

    A team of National Park Service staff collaborated with NOAA and whale experts to free an entangled humpback whale near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

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  • Tom Schaff selected for long-term detail as Superintendent for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

    October 16, 2023 | 12:00 pm

    Tom Schaff has been selected for a year-long detail as superintendent of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, in Gustavus, AK. Schaff, a veteran NPS employee currently serves as the park’s deputy superintendent.

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective September 13th, 2023

    September 12, 2023 | 3:12 pm

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve announced today a 10-knot vessel speed limit in Tarr Inlet and Johns Hopkins Inlet. These updated operating requirements, shown on the attached map, are effective from 5 AM Wednesday, September 13th until further notice.

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective August 29th, 2023

    August 28, 2023 | 2:42 pm

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve announced today that the 13-knot vessel speed limit for all vessels in Berg Bay is lifted due to a lack of whale sightings in that area. These updated operating requirements, shown on the enclosed map, are effective from 5 AM Tuesday August 29th until further notice.

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  • Glacier Bay Issues Prospectus for Tour Vessel Services

    August 15, 2023 | 1:21 pm

    The National Park Service has issued a prospectus soliciting proposals for tour vessel services within Glacier Bay National Park. Multiple 10-year tour vessel concession contracts are expected to be awarded.

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective August 12, 2023

    August 11, 2023 | 12:12 pm

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve announced today that the July 25th 13-knot vessel speed limit for all vessels in the Lower Bay, Whidbey Passage, and near Willoughby Island are lifted due to declining whale sightings in those areas. However, at least eight humpback whales, including a mother-calf pair, are feeding within Berg Bay, so a 13-knot speed restriction is being implemented there.

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 25th, 2023

    July 24, 2023 | 4:00 pm

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Acting Superintendent Tom Schaff announced today that the July 20th temporary whale waters area within 1 nm of shore between Point Carolus and Lars Island is being replaced with a 13-knot vessel speed limit for all vessels in the Lower Bay designated whale waters.

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 20th, 2023

    July 19, 2023 | 3:00 pm

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve announced today that the 13-knot vessel speed limit is being lifted near Sandy Cove, Garforth Island and the Marble Islands. New temporary whale waters are being implemented in Whidbey Passage and the waters within 1 nautical mile of shore of Willoughby Island and in west side of the Lower Bay, to reflect shifting whale distribution.

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  • Glacier Bay Releases Final Wilderness Management Plan and Decision Document

    July 12, 2023 | 12:00 pm

    The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan for managing the designated Wilderness lands and waters of Glacier Bay National Park. The decision document, in the form of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), was signed by Sarah Creachbaum, the NPS Alaska Regional Director, on June 1, 2023. The FONSI and a finalized plan incorporating changes based on public feedback and concerns are now available online.

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