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Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure

From US$ 198.45
  • 3.5-hour tour of Mendenhall Lake and Glacier, from Juneau
  • Get close to the Mendenhall Glacier while riding in a traditional canoe
  • Snap photos of icebergs, a towering waterfall, and the glacier
Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure
From US$ 198.45
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Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure
From US$ 198.45
See the Mendenhall Glacier up close on a 3.5-hour tour from Juneau. You'll ride across the waters of Mendenhall Lake in a traditional Tlingit-style canoe that permits unobstructed viewing of the glacier, icebergs, Nugget Falls, and perhaps some Alaskan wildlife. Includes all equipment, snacks, and port pickup and drop-off.
What to Expect

Meet your guide at the cruise ship dock or Mt Roberts Tram, then travel about 20 minutes to Mendenhall Lake.

Step aboard the traditional Tlingit-style canoe for your paddle on the lake. The stable 28-foot (8.5-meter) boat is equipped with safety gear and paddled by your expert guide. Navigate past icebergs to come within a safe distance of the massive face of the Mendenhall Glacier. Skirt around the glacier to see Nugget Falls, a towering waterfall that cascades 377 feet (115 m) into Mendenhall Lake.

To protect the participants on the close encounter with the glacier, the US Forest Service tightly controls the number of permits for this approach, making this a truly special Alaskan experience. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as arctic terns, eagles, goats, salmon, and bears.

After your time on the water, head ashore and refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare before your return to Juneau.

Reviews (21)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2018
A Real Highlight of our Alaska Adventure!

What a wonderful experience! We booked this Mendenhall Glacier Native Canoe Adventure through our cruise ship, Regent Mariner…and it was one of the real highlights of our trip to Alaska. Our guides, Mitch and Arielle, were terrific…friendly, informative…and very hard workers to help us retirees...More

Thank FoodWineTravel2015
Dale S, Director of Sales at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so pleased you got that experience! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Reviewed 13 September 2018
Totally worth it!!

Had such a great time - Ariel was so awesome we named a waterfall after her! I would recommend this canoe trip to anyone and everyone.

Thank lbusse2018
Dale S, Director of Sales at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile
Canoe to Mendenhall Glacier

Mitch was great! He pulled a lot of the weight since many of us were pretty much crapping out on the paddling out to the glacier and did it with grace and a big smile! It was a “Motley Crue” of people for sure! Thank...More

Thank Wendi S
Dale S, Director of Sales at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind review!

Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Mitch was the best we had a wonderful time. The air is so fresh here. Be ready to paddle though. My husband I sat at the front and it was a lot of work but well worth the effort. The glacier is amazing.

1  Thank Sarah W
Dale S, Director of Sales at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you had a great time Sarah!

Reviewed 21 August 2018
Canoe Experience with family fun time!

Our Guide Ariel was fantastic! She guided the young men/ladies to paddle up close to the glacier. That was amazing and very memorable for our family! Our family including three teenage had good time for our first canoe experience! My husband in the last minute...More

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Dale S, Director of Sales & Marketing at Alaska Travel Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

We are glad your husband decided to give us a try! Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing

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We are going to Juneau on a cruise in late July. With us are 4 reasonably fit 50 year olds and a reasonably fit 79 year old, 2 16 year olds and 1 14 year old. I have rented a car for us to use for the day. We had originally planning on going up to Mendenhall Glacier and taking the Nugget Falls Trail to get a closer look at the glacier and the falls. Now my daughter is wanting to do something more adventurous on one of the days. One idea would be for some of them, probably the 2 dads and the kids to do the Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure. The question is, will they get a much closer, better view of the Glacier from the water than from the Falls? Is it worth splitting up our group for 3.5 hours so that they can have this little "adventure"? Or will they basically see the same thing we will by walking the trails to the falls?
9 July 2018|
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Response from Ming C |
We cannot walk a long distance to Glacier, we join canoe ride and walk up the glacier, but I think is limit to under 65years old. the glacier is quite slippery and steep. you can view my video on princess coral to Alaska... More
15 May 2018|
Response from Lonnie M | Reviewed this property |