Yakutat & the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

Alaska ... the 49th StateAlaska ... the 49th State

Located on the scenic Gulf of Alaska, Yakutat is 226 nautical miles from Juneau and 302 nautical miles from Whittier.

Yakutat is situated on a glacial moraine, surrounded by the highest coastal mountains on earth, and has been inhabited for hundreds of years by the Tlingit people, now known as the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe. 

We have driven dozens of road trips all across North America! But one of our favorite destinations, Yakutat, is not accessible by car, truck or SUV.

Surrounded by Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the Tongass National Forest, Yakutat attracts a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts to hike beaches, float rivers, explore bays and passages, climb mountains, view glaciers, snowboard, and surf remote breaks.

Also a world-class birding destination, Yakutat provides the opportunity to view over 200 species including many rarities.

Arrival by Ferry

The Alaska Marine Highway ferry "Kennicott" lands every week on a north/south alternate route from April through November. The ferry transports passengers and vehicles, materials, supplies, and food. Alaska Marine Lines barges arrive monthly, year round.

Private and commercial vessels transiting the Gulf of Alaska arrive year round as well, often taking shelter from storms.  Yakutat Bay is the only deep water and ice free port in the Gulf of Alaska between the inside passage of SE Alaska, and Prince William Sound, which offers shelter from storms in the gulf, and support for vessels in need of repair, supplies, and fuel.

Arrival by Air

With no roads into Yakutat most visitors arrive by air. Unlike many rural Alaskan destinations, the jet service offered by Alaska Airlines from Seattle and Anchorage makes access fairly easy. Yakutat is the smallest village with this level of customer service and quality jet service. Car, van, and truck rentals are available.

Arriving by Cruise Ship

A number of cruise lines offer trips to view the Hubbard Glacier, including Holland America, Silversea, Princess, Seabourn, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival and others.

Panoramic view of the Hubbard Glacier seen from the Celebrity Infinity cruise ship
Panoramic view of the Hubbard Glacier seen from the Celebrity Infinity cruise ship

 

We have visited this beautiful area and have enjoyed its many attractions, lodging options, and outdoor activities.

Spend a day, hopefully many more, and enjoy and explore the Yakutat area!

Glacier calving at Hubbard near YakutatGlacier calving at Hubbard near Yakutat


The Glaciers

Malaspina Glacier, the largest piedmont glacier in North America, and Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America are easily accessible from Yakutat.

The Hubbard Glacier is located about 30 miles north off the coast of Yakutat and is by far one of Alaska’s most exciting natural treasures.

It is  the longest tidewater glacier in the world. Dramatically massive at about 7-miles wide, 76-miles long and as tall as a 30-story building above the waterline, it’s the largest river of ice in North America. 

Serene scene in Hubbard Bay in Alaska
Serene scene in Hubbard Bay in Alaska

Map of the Yakutat Area in Alaska

 

The magnificence and sheer size of the Hubbard Glacier
The magnificence and sheer size of the Hubbard Glacier

Snow-covered mountains above the Hubbard Glacier
Snow-covered mountains above the Hubbard Glacier

 


Deep blue waters and blue ice in Hubbard Bay
Deep blue waters and blue ice in Hubbard Bay


Fresh Water and Salt Water Fishing

The area offers some of the finest fresh and salt water fishing in Alaska. A number of guides, outfitters and charters are available.

Nearby rivers and lakes are renowned among sport fishers for their trophy salmon, steelhead trout and Dolly Varden, even by Alaska standards. The Situk River, 12 miles south of town by road, is often rated as one of Alaska's top fishing spots.

Fishing in Hubbard Bay, Alaska
Fishing in Hubbard Bay, Alaska

Lodging Options in Yakutat

The area supports a number of lodges, cabins, and B&Bs.

Lodging in Yakutat ... TripAdvisor reviews, photos, reservations

 

 

The still waters at Hubbard GlacierThe still waters at Hubbard Glacier

More Information about Yakutat

Yakutat Chamber of Commerce

 

City and Borough of Yakutat

 

Yakutat at TravelAlaska

 

Yakutat Ferry Information at Alaska DOT

 

Yakutat at Alaska Fish & Game

 

Yakutat NPS District Office

 

Alaska Airlines to Yakutat

 

Yakutat Airport (YAK) at AirNav

 

Yakutat Travel Guide at TripAdvisor