General Planning Questions
How do I get to Glacier Bay/Gustavus?
Most of our guests arrive to Gustavus from Juneau via Alaska Airlines flight 71. From early June to late August, Alaska Airlines flies into Gustavus and back to Juneau each evening.
If the direct flight into Gustavus on Alaska Airlines does fit with your plans, you can take a flight on smaller plane from Juneau, directly into Gustavus. You can schedule a flight on these smaller planes almost anytime you would like to fly over. Another option now available is to take the ferry from Juneau to Gustavus. We would love to help you out with your flight plans and don’t want you stressing over it…please give us a call if you have any questions about the best ways to arrive to this amazing destination. However you arrive, we will meet you at the Gustavus airport or Ferry and you can relax and begin to enjoy your Alaskan vacation.
When should I come?
Our season runs from approximately the last week of May to the second week of September. June is historically the driest month of the year and the mountains still have lots of snow on them.
Fishing is good all summer. See our “When to come” page under Alaska Fishing for details about the Salmon runs and the best time to catch specific species of fish.
In short, there is no bad time to come to Alaska.
I plan to visit other parts of Alaska on my trip, what things should I do while I’m in Glacier Bay?
This is a very common question and we have been able to help many of our guests avoid some common mistakes spending too much time in the wrong places. The answer to this question varies depending on your interests and other destinations, please contact one of our trip planning specialists and we will gladly give you some suggestions about where to go, how long to stay, and what you should do at each destination.
I am planning a trip to Alaska but I am overwhelmed because of the endless places to go and things to do. How can you help me?
We know what it’s like planning a trip to Alaska. It’s absolutely gigantic and filled with countless things to see and do. Because of how beautiful Alaska is, it’s also got it’s share of tourist traps and crowded ports. We want to help you avoid those things and get the True Alaskan Experience.
The best advice we can give is to get in touch with one of our trip specialists. We have lots of tips and suggestions that we can give you based on your interests, schedule, and budget. We can help you avoid common mistakes and make sure you really get the dream Alaska vacation you are looking for. We have put together some all-inclusive packages to help take the stress out of planning but if you don’t find one that is just right for you, please contact us and we will work with you to put together the perfect dream vacation just for you.
What kind of fish can you catch in Glacier Bay and Icy Strait?
All five types of Pacific Salmon (chinook, coho, sockeye, pink, and chum), Halibut, Ling Cod, several species of rock fish, and Dolly Varden are a few of the many species you may catch here in the Icy Strait, and nearby freshwater systems.
When is the best time to catch _________? (King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Halibut etc.)
Our “When to Come” chart shows when the best times are to catch each species of fish.
How many fisherman are allowed per boat?
There are usually 4-6 fisherman per boat depending on your group size. Never more than 6 per Coast Guard regulations. If you have a group of 4 or more, you will usually be the only people on the boat.
Do I need to be experienced to go on the fishing charters?
No, our fishing charters can be enjoyed whether you’re a beginner or an expert who comes back to fish year after year. Fishing is a popular activity for families as well. We fish in one of the most beautiful parts of the world surrounded by unparalleled panoramas and tons of marine wildlife so there is plenty to enjoy even if you’re not an avid fisherman. All the needed fishing gear is provided and we’ll get you the licenses you need.
Can I bring the fish I catch home with me?
Yes, this is one of the great bonuses of coming to Alaska, you get to take home delicious, fresh fish. We process all of the fish you catch so it is ready for you to take home. This includes vacuum packing it in portion size fillets, freezing it, and packing them into boxes up to 50 lbs. Most of our guests take their fish home as luggage via Alaska Airlines. This costs the same as any other checked bag. Shipping your fish home is another option if needed but is considered a last resort because it can be expensive and involves a little more risk.
Activities in Glacier Bay
What is there to do in Glacier Bay other than see the glaciers?
The answer is A LOT. The great thing about Glacier Bay is that there are so many things to do and see while you are here. See our Alaska Adventures page for a list of all the different tours and activities this beautiful area has to offer.
Lodge and Property
Will I see wildlife while at the lodge?
It is very likely that you will. Because we are located on 164 private acres outside of town, we often see Bears, Moose, Wolves, Eagles and many other species of birds and wildlife. As part of our guest orientation, we ensure that everyone is aware of how to act around the wildlife to ensure both the safety of our guests and the animals.
What is there to do at the lodge?
The property offers many activities to keep our guests entertained when they are not out and about on their Alaskan adventures. Some of the amenities at the lodge include: walking trails, ramada with fireplace, jacuzzi, massage therapy services, horseshoes, skeet shooting range, bicycles, library and a 2,000 sq. ft. rec room with ping pong, pool table, arcade games, and a theater room equipped with a 10×6 ft HD projector screen and comfortable recliner chairs to sit back and enjoy a movie after a long day of fishing or adventuring. See more information about the lodge by clicking here.
What’s the difference between the lodge rooms and the private cabins?
Both our lodge rooms and cabins provide a high level of comfort and first-class maid service. However, the private cabins offer a few things extra such as: More space and privacy, more capacity, porch for relaxing, HD flat-screen TV with Directv and DVD player. More information on our lodge rooms and cabins and rates can be found here: Lodge Rooms | Cabins
Packing and Preparing
What should I bring and wear when coming to Alaska?
Please see our recommended packing list for a list of suggestions.
How cold does it get in Gustavus/Glacier Bay in the summer time, what kind of clothes will I need?
When you come to Alaska you will need to dress in layers. The weather can vary from up in the 70′s and sun shining with 20 hours of daylight to raining and in the 40′s. To get a better idea of the weather during your stay just give us a call or you can click here to visit the National Weather Service webpage to see the current conditions and 7-day forecast for the Glacier Bay Area. Click here to see our recommended Packing List.