STATUS UPDATE 09.16.18 Facilities at Worthington and Blueberry are officially closed for the season as per our contract that requires us to be open May 15 - Sept. 15, weather permitting. Maintaining these facilities is more labor of love and definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. The restrooms have been locked, railings stowed, etc. Until we open again next season, please do your part to encourage others to practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and Respect Thompson Pass. Reservations may still be made for the public use cabins at Shoup Bay.
Welcome to Valdez! Levitation 49 dba Valdez Adventure Alliance is the permitted commercial operator of four state park units in Valdez: Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site and Blueberry Lake Campground on Thompson Pass as well as the 10-mile Shoup Trail and three public use cabins in Shoup Bay State Marine Park.
More information about Shoup Bay Cabins and Blueberry Lake Campground can be found by proceeding directly to the booking engine by clicking this link: Shoup Bay Cabins. Campsites at Blueberry Lake are first come, first served; $20 night.
BLUEBERRY LAKE CAMPGROUND. Blueberry Campground is closed until the 2019 season. This beautiful small campground on Thompson Pass has spectacular 360-degree mountain views. Fifteen sites ring on a paved loop road. There are fire pits, and picnic tables at each site, as well as toilets, a water pump and a picnic shelter for all. A group camping site suitable for families reunions and youth clubs includes its own shelter. There are no RV hookups or pull-throughs. Campsites are first come, first served; $20/night. To disinvite bears, there are no public trash receptacles at Blueberry so please practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out your trash.
SHOUP TRAIL & CABINS. McAllister cabin, at the mouth of Shoup Bay is best accessed by kayak or boat. There is a 10-mile Shoup Trail from Valdez to the cabins however, it has not been brushed this season making wayfinding difficult and progress slow. It is best to kayak or boat to these cabins in the inner harbor. If motorized boat access, a jet boat is better than a prop boat to get in and out of the narrow channel that leads to the inner lagoon where Moraine and Kittiwake cabins are located. As is recommended throughout Alaska, be sure to pack the essentials: bear spray, bug spray and wear layers to be ready for whatever whimsical 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 travel to the cabins.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 or transfer to another date. Only written cancellation requests will be considered. Email cancellation requests to email@example.com.
Online reservations are available year-round for Shoup Cabins: McAllister, Moraine and Kittiwake
We recommend the following Water Taxi Service for Shoup Cabins
Service may also be provided by kayaking outfitters
While you're in the area, you might want to consider adventure tours with
Please click on this link to check cabin availability and make reservations.
WORTHINGTON GLACIER STATE RECREATION SITE. Bathrooms are closed until the 2019 season. Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site is adjacent to the Richardson Highway at Milepost 29. Easy accessibility off the highway provides excellent views of the Worthington Glacier which helps create the headwaters of the Tsina River. The recreation site provides interpretive signage along a paved, wheelchair-accessible, trail from the parking lot to a viewing platform safely situated just a short distance from the toe of the glacier. Also on site, experienced hikers may enjoy the short but steep out-and-back Ridge Trail which affords experienced hikers 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. While public vault toilets are on site, please practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out your trash since there is no trash service on site.
An Important Word about Valdez Weather & Glaciers . . .
Valdez weather reports are notoriously innacurate. Any forecast further than three days out should not be considered reliable. There are also an infinite number of microclimates in the area meaning 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; it may mean it's only 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, 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/