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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Adventure

Price: $236.00
This tour operates from May to September.
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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Adventure in Juneau

Experience the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier up close from your own kayak trip on this excursion. An exclusive U.S. Forest Service permit allows you to explore the gorgeous setting of Mendenhall Lake in serene fashion. Depart your port on a comfortable, scenic drive to the lake. A professional, friendly guide will help you fit life jackets and rain gear before teaching you kayaking techniques.

Board your two-person kayak, either with a chosen travel companion or a new friend. Set off on your Juneau adventure tour, journeying across Mendenhall Lake in your stable kayak, navigating the iceberg-studded pristine waters, one of the prized jewels of the Tongass National Forest. Your knowledgeable guide will describe the breathtaking natural wonders around you, pointing out native wildlife and providing fascinating information about the history and the ecology of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Venture within a safe distance of the face of the massive glacier to explore the base of the beautiful Nugget Falls. After paddling back across the lake and soaking in the last views of the magnificent glacier, reward yourself with an Alaskan-style snack, reminiscing about your recent experience. This is sure to be a true highlight of your Alaska vacation.

If you've never paddled a kayak before, that's okay! Your professional guide will group you with other guests of similar skill level, ensuring you travel at a comfortable pace. Book this Juneau shore excursion today for a memorable way to experience the awe-inspiring Mendenhall Glacier.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours 30 Minutes
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 10 minute walk or a shuttle (not included, approximately $3 US round trip) is required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A tasty Alaska style snack and water is included.
Recommended Dress
For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. We also suggest comfortable walking shoes that may get wet, gloves, and an extra pair of socks for after the tour.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. No prior experience necessary, however moderate to good physical health is recommended as guests must paddle for approximately 2 hours and climb in and out of the kayak with limited assistance. The minimum weight to participate on this tour is 40 pounds. The maximum weight is approximately 275 pounds and is dependent on waist size to fit in the kayak cockpit. The maximum size to fit in the kayaks is 35 inches from hip to hip, and 17 inches from front to back. Guests taller than 6' 3" will not be able to steer with foot pedals and will have to steer with the oar instead. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian.
5 Stars5Based On 13 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExciting adventureJuly 15, 2019

Reviewer: Craig Sharp
Awesome to get so close to the the glacier

5 StarsGreat guide, great sights, spectacular tourJanuary 23, 2019

Reviewer: Miriam Kotsonis
Approaching a huge glacier, a waterfall, and an iceberg from water-level is totally different from hiking or seeing them from a cruise ship. Sights, sounds, and smells come at you in a more integrated, natural way. We had just a few kayaks on my early-summer tour, so it was easy to stay together. We were outfitted with good equipment that kept us dry. Our guide was very competent and a natural group leader. She explained a lot about the lake and the glacier. We went as close to the glacier as is permitted, and had views of the ice caves and crevasses. We were in spray range of the beautiful waterfall. Most exciting was kayaking close to a small iceberg, with our guide helping us stay safe. For this trip, it helps to have a bit of prior experience and endurance to paddle against wind. I am a senior woman, reasonably fit but not super-athletic, and I had no problem at all, but I have kayaked many times before. In summary, loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat!

4 StarsGreat experienceSeptember 22, 2018

Reviewer: Julie
Luckily it was a gorgeous morning. The driver told great stories on the way to the kayak launch site. The guides were knowledgeable. We thought we’d get much closer to the glacier but what we were able to do was an experience of a lifetime.

5 StarsAlaskatrip2017 September 18, 2017

Reviewer: Mariessa Abel
This trip was amazing. Even though it was cloudy and rainy the views were still breath taking. My main worry was that I would be cold, because I get cold very easy. However, we were provided with rubber boots, rubber pants, and a rubber coat. Plus the paddles had hand warmers on them. So I stayed nice and warm the whole time. Our guide was very informative, with a touch of humor. Just they way I like it. Make sure to bring your water proof camara!

5 StarsBreathtaking and fun way to see the glacierAugust 17, 2017

Reviewer: Pattie Lopez
This was a very well run trip on a beautiful lake with a waterfall and glacier! The equipment was all provided and great quality. The guide we had was very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife and glaciers! SUPER FUN!

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