Details for Bartlett Cove Docks

Bartlett Cove Docks

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 3 reviews

Address Lester Island
Gustavus, AK


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


You are required to stop at the Bartlett Cove Ranger Station for a mandatory boater's briefing before proceeding farther into the Park for the first time. The briefings are at scheduled times through the day and take about 30 minutes.

VHF channel

You must call the National Park Service on channel 16 or 12 before entering. During the permit access only season (June 1 to August 30th) you must have a valid permit to enter.

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Access is by permit only between June 1 and August 30th. Only 25 motorized vessels and 2 cruise ships are allowed into the park's waters on any given day during this period.

May is doable from a ice and weather perspective in most years and access is unrestrictive. Other than late April or very early October, don't tempt fate by approaching at any time of year outside of this late April to early October period. The park, however, is technically open all year.


The National Park Service requires that you stay at least 1nm from shore or a mid-channel course where 1nm is not possible. Enter the Cove and make your approach to the float at a 90 degree angle.





Tide & current additional info


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Transient dockage: 22
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Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: There is a 3 hour time limit to be alongside the docks and this is rigidly enforced by the National Park Service.

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Beam max: Unknown

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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: None available.

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available on the floats.

Dinghy access

Yes - Tie up on the shore side of the float, near the ramp.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Both gas and diesel fuel are available for purchase. Contact the Glacier Bay Lodge on VHF 16 or 7A for service. However, given the remote location and the limited ability for the National Park Service to ressuply, it is highly recommended not to purchase (draining their supplies) here unless absolutely necessary for safety reasons.

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Yes - If not available at the dock, then it's a short drive (transportation available) into Gustavus to top off your propane tank.

Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info: See the National Park Service Website for pet restrictions.

Disability access

Yes - Yes, by law (ADA) disability access is required in all National Parks.

Launch service

Pump out

No - Not available.



Yes - Trash and a number of recycling containers.


Yes - Available


Yes - At the Glacier Bay Park Lodge.


Yes - Available


Yes - There is a gift shop with limited groceries. Transportation is also available into Gustavus for a larger supply.



Yes - At the Glacier Bay Park Lodge which is open from appoximately May 20th to September 10th.


Yes - At the Glacier Bay Park Lodge which is open from approximately May 20th to September 10th.

Hotels or motels

Yes - The Glacier Bay Lodge is located here. See the National Park Service website for details.

Repair capabilities


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Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

No - Not available.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Arrange through the National Park Service. They have a list of recommended vendors and are extremely helpful in helping you plan any type of excursion you desire.

Internet access

Yes - No cell service but WiFi is available in the Glacier Bay Lodge. Note that the Lodge closes right after Labor Day, and there is no access when it is closed. Gustavus Community Network (GCN) WiFi hotspots are available for daily and weekly rates.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Transportation to the near town of Gustavus is easily arranged. Charter tours are also available.

Other services


This is Glacier Bay National Park. It is the "Holy Grail" for SE Alaskan Cruising. You can apply for an entry permit either 60 days ahead of time or 48 hours, beginning at 0700. There is no charge for a permit, and you can get up to 7 days per permit. An additional feature of the park is its location within a rain shadow provided by the surrounding mountain peaks. Whales are plentiful as well as sea otters, Steller sea lions, seals, orca, puffins, bears, and wolves. The amount of wildlife is unbelievable.

Reviews for Bartlett Cove Docks
Welcome to Glacier Bay National Park, 2015-05-22
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

A stop at this spacious dock is worth it just for the nice welcome sign. After strolling on shore and taking on some water, anchor out in Bartlett Cove. Note that all vessels are asked to approach and depart the dock at 90 degrees to the dock. This can be a busy dock with many boats of all sizes coming and going.

Nice facility, 2014-07-10
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

The dock is very large with room for temporary tie up on the outside. Dinghies can tie up on the shore side near the ramp. Good water is available on the dock. The rangers are very helpful and friendly, and the food at the Lodge is decent - if you time your arrival well you'll have enough time for your boater briefing and a bite at the Lodge before you have to leave the dock.

Too bad they don't have room for overnighters, 2014-01-06
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

Lodge has a good restaurant and showers. Service very slow at fuel dock. Interesting museum and ranger shows. This is where you go to check in and complete your orientation after you get a permit.

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