Southeast Alaska has marvelous historic origins. The Tlingit Indians, the region's first people, would traverse the waters in hand-carved canoes, enjoying an intimate experience with the surrounding natural wonders. During this Juneau excursion, you can re-enact the experience aboard a canoe, venturing within yards of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier.
Your Juneau excursion begins with a scenic ride to beautiful Mendenhall Lake. Board your authentic Alaskan Native-style canoe, which holds up to 19 passengers, and begin your unforgettable Alaska adventure. Small-sized groups allow for an intimate family experience. A limited U.S. Forest Service permit grants you the ability to experience one of Alaska's most notable natural wonders up close.
Paddle across Mendenhall Lake's serene waters, navigating past floating icebergs, admiring spectacular glacier views and towering peaks. Your expert tour guide shares natural history and Native lore as you travel across the gorgeous waters. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as arctic terns, eagles, goats, salmon, otters, bears, and more. The best part of this scenic tour is when you venture within a safe distance of the massive, breathtaking face of the Mendenhall Glacier. Experience the thrill of skirting the base of the roaring Nugget Falls afterward. A delicious snack is served on the beach at Nugget falls which gives you a great opportunity to refuel for your return paddle across the lake.
Book this Juneau shore excursion for an awe-inspiring adventure across Mendenhall Lake aboard a traditional canoe. The Mendenhall Glacier is ready to impress!
Reviewer: Joel Weddig
It will take some time and effort to row over to the glacier area (and back!) but will be worth it. Close up to some floating ice, wade in the water (they provide boots) near a water fall, get nearer to the glacier front. Leader tells stories and points out interesting stuff.
Reviewer: susan fowkes
The guide was fabulous. Paddling across the lake to this glacier was amazing. You can be fit or not - i.e. let everyone else paddle. It's really a dragon boat, so you paddle just one side. Cant get as close to the glacier as I would have liked, but was able to touch an ice berg - a piece of ice that had broken off from the glacier.
We had a great time on the canoe trip. The glacier and waterfalls were amazing. Our guide was very informative and fun.
One of the best excursions we have taken in our 4 Alaska cruises. Professional guides made the tour great fun while making sure everyone was safe. It was great fun to row rather than just being innactive. Eric and Devin were wonderful, and bent over backwards to make it an enjoyable trip for all.
Reviewer: Jane Mata
My friends and I had a great time on this excursion. The guide was knowledgeable and the scenery was amazing. He took us really close to the glacier and the falls. It was alot of fun. Thanks to Steven!