Scenic photo from Glacier Bay National Park's backcountry including a wildflower and views into park waters and designated wilderness.

Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan

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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 final plan will provide long-term direction and an integrated framework for meeting NPS Wilderness stewardship policy requirements while acknowledging the long and enduring connection between Indigenous people and their Homelands. The plan also supplements the 1984 general management plan and serves as a collaborative vision for providing visitor opportunities and managing visitor use in the wilderness—including commercial use—to protect resources and connect visitors to fundamental park experiences and values.

For the 2023 backcountry camping season, overnight use permit requirements will remain the same. Next fall the park will publish detailed information for 2024 backcountry camping permit season on its permitting web page.

To view the completed Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan, Environmental Assessment, and Finding of No Significant Impact, click the Document List on the left.

Contact Information

To be added to the GLBA Backcountry Management Plan mailing list to receive plan notifications and updates please email: