Welcome to Valdez! When the State of Alaska could not afford to keep them open, the Valdez Adventure Alliance became the permitted commercial operator for four state park units in Valdez: three public-use cabins in Shoup Bay State Marine Park, Blueberry Lake Campground, Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site on Thompson Pass, and the Shoup Bay Trail (A). As of 10/10/2020 facilities at Blueberry Lake Campgrounds are open until snowed in, but by drop-in only, no reservations. Maintaining these facilities is a labor of love. No funding nor maintenance from the state is provided for these facilities. Please help us continue to keep these open for use by paying day use and overnight fees and packing your trash out with you.
Please click on this link to check cabin availability and make reservations.
Currently cabins are accessible by water only. The McAllister cabin, at the mouth of Shoup Bay, is best accessed by kayak or boat. There is a narrow channel that leads to the inner lagoon where Moraine and Kittiwake cabins are located. Cabin rentals are available by reservation only for $70/night. Credit cards (MasterCard/Visa/Discover) are accepted for payment when making reservations online. All reservations can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Daily cabin check-in and check-out is noon. Changes or cancellation must be done by email by sending a request with name, dates and reservation number to email@example.com. If you arrive late or leave early, nights not spent are not refunded. Reservations cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival may be transferred to another date or another person, or may be refunded. Reservations cancelled LESS than 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation may be transferred to another person but are NOT eligible for refund NOR transfer to another date. Only written cancellation requests will be considered. Email cancellation requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As is recommended throughout Alaska, be sure to pack the essentials: bear spray, bug spray and warm layers to be ready for whatever weather Mother Nature decides to throw at you. There are fuel oil stoves in the cabins that take kerosene fuel. Plan between 1 - 2 gallons of kerosene per day depending on weather and your own comfort preferences. Click to read this info sheet for more details to help you plan your trip.
Water taxi services for Shoup Cabins:
Service may also be provided by kayaking outfitters
BLUEBERRY LAKE CAMPGROUND: As of 10/10/2020 facilities at Blueberry Lake Campgrounds are open until snowed in, but by drop-in only, no reservations.
Please click on this link to check campsite availability and make reservations. There is no wifi and no phone service at the campgrounds and therefore no way to notify the camp host about reservations made less than 7 days ahead of time. Please make reservations at least 7 days ahead of time or be prepared to use an alternate site.
Blueberry Campground opens 05.15.2020 (weather permitting) for the season and closes when snowed in. Reservations for the summer 2020 are currently open, however, as the weather is unpredictable, bookings for dates prior to June 5 cannot be guaranteed and may have to be refunded.
No funding nor maintenance from the state is provided for these facilities. Please help us continue to keep these open for use by paying day use and overnight fees and packing your trash out with you. This beautiful campground on Thompson Pass has spectacular 360-degree mountain views. 20 sites are available on a paved loop road near the lake. There are fire pits and picnic tables at each site (sites 18 and 19 do not have tables, sites 3-6 share 2 tables). Vault toilets and a water pump are available for use. Several sites work well as group camping sites (see descriptions in the reservations link). There are no RV hookups or pull-throughs. Day use is $5/day. Sites are $25/night with online reservation, or $25/night without online reservation, as available. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO PACK YOUR TRASH OUT WITH YOU.
WORTHINGTON GLACIER STATE RECREATION SITE.
No funding nor maintenance from the state is provided for these facilities. Please help us continue to keep these open for use by paying day use fees and packing your trash out with you. This site has a $5 parking/day use fee even if you are there for only a few minutes, or to use only the toilets. Costs for toilet paper are more than $300/week, expenses for cleaning supplies and staff are on top of that. Glacier State Recreation Site is on the Richardson Highway at Milepost 29. Easy accessibility off the highway provides excellent views of the Worthington Glacier, which melts and flows into the Tsina River. The recreation site provides interpretive signage along a paved wheelchair-accessible trail from the parking lot to a viewing platform situated just a short distance from the toe of the glacier. Experienced hikers may enjoy the short but steep Glacier Ridge Trail that affords a different perspective of the glacier and a sweeping vista of the surrounding mountains and valleys of Thompson Pass. This site is open until closed by winter snow and ice conditions. PLEASE PACK YOUR TRASH OUT WITH YOU.
While you're in the area, you might want to consider adventure tours with
An important word about Valdez weather and glaciers . . .
Valdez weather reports are notoriously innacurate. Any forecast further than three days out should not be considered reliable. There are a number of "microclimates" in the area, so weather in town can be different than in the Sound, which can be different than Thompson Pass. Be suspicious of weather reports that call for days or weeks on end of rain. That may mean it's going to be gray and sprinkly intermittently or may mean a steady rain. It's impossible to know unless you're here so simply plan accordingly. Bring layers and rain gear, and enjoy Mother Nature in all her moods and glory.
We also suggest you read this informative article before visiting area glaciers. https://www.asf.alaska.edu/blog/glacier-danger-safety/