Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip
It will leave you shouting, “I shot the Mendenhall & I want more!”
Tour includes round trip transfer from the pier to Mendenhall Lake; snack and beverages consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread, water and hot apple cider; a souvenir “I Shot The Mendenhall” pin; raingear, life jackets, and rubber boots. Souvenir photos, T-shirts, hats and sweatshirts are available for purchase.
Take in views of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier as you board your raft lakeside and begin your journey down river. Travel through the glacial-carved Mendenhall Valley while taking in the views of the lush Tongass National Forest. Wildlife can often be seen along the river’s shore, look for bald eagles, black bears, otters. You’ll have the option to paddle the raft while being entertained by your experienced guide’s interpretive narrative, but most of our guests choose to have the guide do all the work—just sit back, relax and don’t forget to smile for the photographer during the short stretch of class II and III rapids. This river trip is a great way for all ages and activity levels to get into Alaska’s outdoors—just sit and enjoy the ride. Includes an Alaskan-style snack.
|Late April – early October
Multiple departures daily
1.5-2 hours on the water
Child rate applies to ages 12 & under. Taxes not included. Times are approximate. By arrangement to meet tour & cruise ship schedules. Operates in most weather conditions. Please see our Trip Interruption Protection & Terms & Conditions.
Notes: We recommend guests to wear warm comfortable layers and bring gloves and an extra pair of socks. Suitable for all ages and no prior experience necessary. For those wishing a higher activity level, we offer paddle-rafting adventures. Children must weigh at least 50 pounds in order to fit into required life jackets. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian. This tour operates under a special use permit with the USDA Forest Service and is and equal opportunity provider.
It was exciting and fun. I liked the river guides stories, they were very interesting. Thank you for the snacks, that apple cider warmed me back up. ~ J. Kin, Dublin, LN
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Your trip begins with a scenic, narrated motorcoach ride to the beautiful Mendenhall Lake. Arriving at the lake, it’s time to gear up, board your raft and take off on an unforgettable adventure. Your experienced guide will steer you across the serene waters of the lake, where you can take in views of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, before beginning your five-mile journey down the Mendenhall River. The speed of the water and level of the rapids vary depending on the weather, but your highly trained guide will ensure you have a safe, exhilarating experience.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as your guide takes complete care of you in our custom-made rafts. Hang on during the short section of rapids and don’t forget to smile for the photographer along the bank so you will have a momento of your adventure.
Want to be more involved? Ask for a paddle raft, where you will follow your guide’s commands and power your raft through the 1 mile stretch of class three rapids. Whatever your activity level preference is, we can accommodate you.
As your guide explains the natural phenomena at work in this scenic valley, you’ll marvel at the spectacular views of the glacier and towering peaks as you float downstream. You’ll want to be on the lookout for wildlife the entire stretch of the river. Birds including Arctic terns nest on the shoreline, and eagles, salmon and bears can all be seen.
At the end of your journey you’ll head to shore to enjoy an Alaskan snack, a warm beverage and have the opportunity to purchase a photo or souvenir of your rafting experience before re-boarding your motor coach for the short, relaxing ride back to your ship.