Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Gustavus

Beardslee Islands

The best way to explore the Beardslee’s is by sea kayak.

The Beardslee Islands is a group of dozens of islands that are managed by the National Park Service for a predominately non-motorized experience. The best way to explore the Beardslee’s is by sea kayak. Kayaks are available for renting with the option for guide, day and overnight trips available. Be sure to check in with the National Park Service before starting your trip to be aware of advice, safety tips, and rules for being in the Wilderness Area. Visitors can expect to see lots of waterfowl and seabirds including: Pigeon Guillemot, Harlequin Duck, Pelagic Cormorant, Marbled Murrelet, Arctic Tern, and mergansers. Black Oystercatchers nest on the rocky shoreline. This is a good area to see other wildlife as well including: sea otters, humpback whales, harbor seals, moose and bears. Be sure to be aware of changing tide and weather conditions when exploring this area.


From downtown Gustavus, head west on Gustavus Road 0.7 miles toward Shooting Star Road; turn rights onto Mountain View Road and drive 2.8 miles to Park Road. Drive 4.4 miles and follow the signs to the Glacier Bay Visitor Center.

Arctic Tern.
Arctic Tern. Photo: Milo Burcham

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