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Kayaking Glacier Bay

[1 : Overview][2 : Muir Inlet] [3 : East Arm] [4 : Lamplugh Glacier] [All]

With no road access, Glacier Bay National Park is a marine wilderness which can be explored only by water travel. While most visitors experience the park through the deck of a cruise ship or tour boat, Arnd Pralle and I set up to kayak for nearly two weeks so that we could experience the vastness of the bay through a low waterline, observe closely wildlife thanks to a quiet vessel, cross narrow channels and iceberg-chocked passageways not accessible to boats, paddle and land as close to the glaciers as possible, and camp on isolated beaches. Despite the wet weather, huge tides and currents, ice-cold waters, we came to appreciate why the Bay is considered by many to be among the finest sea-kayaking grounds in the world. Using the park water shuttle system to get our double kayak closer to our destinations, we were able to explore the intensely wild world of the tranquil Muir Inlet, closed to cruise boats, and then the spectacular West arm, up to the John Hopkins inlet. See also the scenic pictures of Glacier Bay National Park.

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Kayaks loaded on the deck of Glacier Bay Lodge concession boat. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker standing with gear wrapped in plastic bags after drop-off. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker pulling on shore at midnight, Muir Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Camp on the flats near McBride Glacier with kayak parked nearby. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Diner close to Adams Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayakers relaxing on a beach between Rendu Inlet and Russel Island. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker tying up gear on top of the kayak,  East Arm. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Camp in front of Lamplugh Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Camper in a tent looking outside to Lamplugh Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Eating breakfast in front of Lamplugh Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker dwarfed by Lamplugh Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker at the base  of Lamplugh Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker on ice-chocked waters close to John Hopkins Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaks prow, floating icebergs, and glacier. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker tows kayak near Scidmore Bay. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker tows kayak into a shallow tidal channel into Scidmore Bay. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker packing tight into a double kayak. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayaker unloading the kayak by throwing stuff sacks out. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Campfire in Charpentier Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Kayakers paddle a double kayak in Hugh Miller Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

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