Icy Bay (Alaska)

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Glaciers at Icy Bay

Icy Bay is a body of water in southeast Alaska, formed in the last 100 years by the rapid retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse, and Tyndall Glaciers. It is part of the Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the bay entrance was permanently blocked by a giant tidewater glacier face that calved icebergs directly into the Gulf of Alaska. A century-long glacial retreat has opened a multi-armed bay more than 30 miles long.

Icy Bay is popular destination for sea kayakers, and is reachable by bush plane from Yakutat.


Coordinates: 59°59′24″N 141°23′25″W / 59.99000°N 141.39028°W / 59.99000; -141.39028