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Gustavus is located in southeast Alaska on an outwash plain created by glaciers that once filled Glacier Bay. The population is approximately 500 residents. The community of Gustavus is split by the Salmon River, with a paved road-bridge that runs across the river, out to Glacier Bay National Park. The community of Gustavus is considered the welcoming center for the National Park. This geographic region is about 60 miles west of Juneau, which is the state capital of Alaska. Gustavus and the surrounding area is quintessential Alaska with vast pristine wilderness, spectacular mountains, glaciers and icebergs, rainforest and giant old growth trees. Wildlife in the region includes brown bears, whales and moose. Coho Salmon and Dolly Varden are abundant in the Salmon River. Gustavus' economy is strongly linked to the natural resources, commercial fishing and tourism. Activities in the region include sport fishing and charter fishing, mountain climbing, camping, dog sledding, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, whale watching and world-renowned kayaking. Gustavus also offers flight-seeing tours, and private charter tours of Glacier Bay. Many of the area bed and breakfasts and lodges provide activity planning services, and there are also businesses in the region that offer adventure and activity package services.

Surrounding areas: Hoonah, Alaska (23.5 mi), Elfin Cove, Alaska (26.7 mi), Glacier Bay, Alaska (32.6 mi), Pelican, Alaska (36.0 mi)

Gustavus Vacation Rentals

Gustavus Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bear Track InnGustavus, AK (907) 697-3017
Gustavus Inn1 Mile Gustavus RdGustavus, AK (907) 697-2254

Gustavus Weather & Climate

The Southeastern Panhandle of Alaska has a humid continental climate classification, although it borders on being a subarctic climate. The moderating influence comes from the proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Winters are long, cold and damp. Cold, but not frigid, although the moist air often makes it feel colder than it is. January highs are frequently above freezing. Spring, summer and autumn are cool to mild. Snowfall averages 84 inches and occurs mainly from November through March. Yearly rainfall varies, depending on location, but averages between 55 to 90 inches. Spring is the driest season and September and October are the wettest months. Some have described this region as "a cooler version of Seattle."

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 23°F 4.93 in. -
February 35°F 25°F 3.81 in. -
March 39°F 28°F 2.91 in. -
April 48°F 32°F 2.68 in. -
May 55°F 38°F 2.68 in. -
June 61°F 43°F 2.34 in. -
July 64°F 46°F 3.20 in. -
August 62°F 46°F 4.83 in. -
September 56°F 42°F 6.77 in. -
October 47°F 36°F 8.68 in. -
November 38°F 29°F 5.85 in. -
December 34°F 25°F 5.67 in. -

Gustavus Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gustavus airport (GST) located about 1 mile northeast of Gustavus and the Juneau International airport (JNU) located approximately 42 miles east of Gustavus in Juneau, Alaska.

Gustavus Attractions

Ski Areas
EaglecrestJuneauAK48.3 mi.

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