Gustavus

Gustavus Locator Map
Southeast Alaska

Population: 442

Gustavus is located on the north shore of Icy Strait, 48 miles northwest of Juneau. Gustavus is accessible only by boat or by plane.

Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the small community of Gustavus is located just outside the park boundary. It is 10 miles by road from Gustavus to the national park visitor facilities at Bartlett Cove.

Homesteaded in 1914 as a small agricultural community, Gustavus was incorporated as a city on April 1, 2004, but it retains the charm of a small and remote settlement. 

Visitor information:
Gustavus Visitors Assoc., Box 167, Gustavus 99826; phone (907) 697-2454.

The community has a post office; library with Internet access; 4 churches; a K–12 school; 2 general stores with groceries and hardware, a health food store; cafe; liquor store; 3 coffee shops and fish-processing/retail store. Fishing supplies and licenses may be purchased locally.

Shop for locally-made treasures created by an amazing number of talented local artists. Painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers and woodcarvers fill the galleries, studios and shops with unique items.

Accommodations in Gustavus include full-service inns and lodges, such as Annie Mae Lodge (description follows), vacation homes and bed and breakfasts. The lodges and inns serve meals for guests and often feature local seafood. (Drop-in customers check for space-available meal reservations.)

Everything from soup and sandwiches to gourmet dinners are available at the Homeshore Cafe. Live music Friday nights. Glacier Bay Lodge, located at Bartlett Cove, has a restaurant and lounge. (Bartlett Cove also offers the only campground in the Gustavus area––walk-in, tenting only.)

Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the small community of Gustavus is located just outside the park boundary. It is 10 miles by road from Gustavus to the national park visitor facilities at Bartlett Cove. Homesteaded in 1914 as a small agricultural community, Gustavus was incorporated as a city on April 1, 2004, but it retains the charm of a small and remote settlement.  

A general store with groceries and deli, a hardware/building supply store and an unusual gas station form the hub of downtown Gustavus. The community also has a post office, library, churches, auto rental from Bud's Rent-A-Car, a school and fish-processing facilities. Fishing supplies and licenses may be purchased locally.

Accommodations in Gustavus at Annie Mae Lodge and at other inns and lodges, and bed and breakfasts. The lodges and inns serve meals for guests; drop-in customers check for space-available meal reservations. There are a couple of local cafes for dining. Glacier Bay Lodge, located in the park at the end of the park road at Bartlett Cove, has a restaurant and lounge. (Bartlett Cove also offers the only campground in the Gustavus area.)

Attractions:
  • Charter a boat for sportfishing (salmon, halibut), sightseeing Icy Strait and Glacier Bay, and whale watching.
  • The Gustavus area is very flat and bike riding is a popular way to get around.
  • Visit the Gustavus Dray, a pre-WWII replica of a Mobil gas station that has working 1937 Wayne 60 gas pump, a gift shop and a petroleum museum.
  • Mount Fairweather Golf Course is a 9-hole, par 36, 3,000-yard facility in an amphitheater of mountains and inland waterways; phone (907) 697-3080.
  • Excursion boats operated by the park concession depart from nearby Bartlett Cove for tours of Glacier Bay.
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