Glacier Bay Waterfalls

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

About Glacier Bay Waterfalls

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Date first visited: 2011-08-30
Date last visited: 2011-08-30

Waterfall Latitude: 59.01215
Waterfall Longitude: -136.936

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The Glacier Bay Waterfalls page is basically my excuse to showcase the beauty of Glacier Bay National Park (especially on a sunny day) along with many of its unnamed cascades spilling into bay.

I don’t think we’d encountered any major waterfalls that would warrant special attention or have a name in the area.

Glacier_Bay_223_08302011 - One of many waterfalls tumbling into Glacier Bay
One of many waterfalls tumbling into Glacier Bay

But I think the convergence of at least five major tidal glaciers as well as a handful of other hanging receded glaciers all within this Y-shaped inlet area (encompassing both the Johns Hopkins and Tarr Inlets) was what really made this place special.

The major glaciers we saw were the Reid Glacier, Lamplugh Glacier (very beautiful), Johns Hopkins Glacier, Grand Pacific Glacier, and the Marjerie Glacier (also very beautiful).

I don’t recall the exact locations of the various cascades I’m showcasing on this page, but I don’t think it really matters in the grand scheme of things.

I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.


The Glacier Bay Waterfalls reside in Glacier Bay National Park near Juneau, Alaska. It is administered by the National Park Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Glacier_Bay_021_08302011 - It can get crowded on the bow of the ship when there are things worth seeing
Glacier_Bay_036_08302011 - Reid Glacier
Glacier_Bay_055_08302011 - Lamplugh Glacier starting to reveal itself
Glacier_Bay_069_08302011 - Pretty cool ice tunnel on the face of Lamplugh Glacier
Glacier_Bay_104_08302011 - A thin cascade somewhere near the Lamplugh Glacier
Glacier_Bay_109_08302011 - Looking across the passage fronted by small ice chunks towards Lamplugh Glacier
Glacier_Bay_115_08302011 - Distant view of the Johns Hopkins Glacier
Glacier_Bay_125_08302011 - Closer look at the attractive Lamplugh Glacier
Glacier_Bay_146_08302011 - Another cascade cutting through some reddish and orange cliffs
Glacier_Bay_161_08302011 - Lamplugh Glacier backed by some mountains
Glacier_Bay_176_08302011 - Thin cascade tumbling amidst a bare cliff
Glacier_Bay_184_08302011 - Another cruise ship dwarfed by the terminus of Marjerie Glacier
Glacier_Bay_200_08302011 - A cascade seen near the Marjerie Glacier
Glacier_Bay_221_08302011 - Right in front of the beautiful Marjerie Glacier
Glacier_Bay_224_08302011 - Another cascade not far from the Marjerie Glacier
Glacier_Bay_285_08302011 - A big triangular scar left behind when a huge chunk calved right off

Since this was seen on day 2 of our Seattle to Glacier Bay and back cruise via the Inside Passage, all I can say is that this area can only be accessed by boat and most people do it as a cruise from either Seattle or Vancouver.

There may also be options from Anchorage or other Alaskan ports, but I’m not sure.

Your cruise company can probably give you more information on getting to the docks where the cruise ship departs.

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A fairly big chunk of the glacier face calving much to the delight of passengers on the cruise ship

Another part of the glacier terminus calving except this time it's towards the far left side

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