Mendenhall Lake Kayaking
& Salmon Bake
Slip into the breathtaking glacial waters of Mendenhall Lake!
Tour includes round trip transfer from dock; raingear and life jackets; wild Alaskan salmon and all-you-can-eat buffet at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Complimentary souvenir button. T-shirts and hats are available for purchase.
Be among the select few, under a limited USFS permit, to kayak near the face of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide will teach you kayaking techniques, then board the two-person kayaks, with either a new friend or traveling companion. Journey across Mendenhall Lake in your stable kayak, navigating the iceberg studded pristine water that is truly one of the jewels of the Tongass National Forest.
Savor the aroma of wild Alaska salmon grilling over a fragrant alderwood fire—the signature entrée of this all-you-can-eat adventure. The sumptuous spread has a variety of Alaskan entrées, sides and blueberry cake for dessert. Relax listening to live music or stroll along a natural salmon-spawning creek.
|May – September
Multiple departures daily
approx. 2 hrs. of kayaking
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: No prior experience necessary, however moderate to good physical health is recommended as guests must paddle for approximately 2 hours and climb in/out of the kayak with limited assistance. Maximum weight is approximately 275 pounds and is dependent on waist size to fit into the kayak cockpit. Children must weigh at least 40 pounds in order to fit into required life jackets. Children under 12 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. We recommend bringing an extra pair of socks and gloves to protect your hands during the paddle. This tour operates under a special use permit with the USDA Forest Service and is and equal opportunity provider.
Awesome! Delicious! Excellent service and attitude. Highly recommended. ~ C. Johnston, Mobile, AL
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Be one of the lucky few to experience the majestic Mendenhall Glacier up close, as you travel by kayak, under a very limited U.S. Forest Service permit and enjoy an all-you-can-eat Salmon Bake feast to refuel from your adventure.
Upon arrival at Mendenhall Lake, your experienced, friendly guide will help you with life jackets and rain gear before teaching you kayaking techniques. Then you will board the two-person kayaks, with either a new friend or traveling companion, and set off on your Alaskan adventure.
Never paddled before? Don’t worry! Your experienced guide will group you into like abilities, so that you can travel at a comfortable pace, while ensuring that your adventure is safe and enjoyable.
Journey across Mendenhall Lake in your stable kayak, navigating the iceberg studded pristine water that is truly one of the jewels of the Tongass National Forest. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the breathtaking nature surrounding you, pointing out native wildlife and fascinating you with the history and ecology of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier. Venture within a safe distance of the massive, awe-inspiring face of the glacier and skirt the base of the beautiful and powerful Nugget Falls. After paddling back across the lake and taking in the last views of this extraordinary glacier, head to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake to refuel and reminisce about the experience that is sure to be a highlight of your Alaska vacation.
The Gold Creek Salmon Bake has something for everyone! Your all-you-can-eat feast features Alaskan-caught wild salmon accompanied by chicken, potatoes, baked beans, wild-rice pilaf, a variety of salads, cornbread, lemonade, coffee, tea, hot apple cider, hot chocolate as well as blueberry cake for dessert. Beer, wine, and soda are available for purchase. Roast marshmallows over the campfire after your meal or take the short walk along Salmon Creek, a salmon spawning stream, to a breathtaking waterfall where you can also explore the remains of the historic Wagner Mine and try your hand at gold panning. Buses depart regularly to the pier so you may return at your leisure.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the highlights of Juneau on this once in a lifetime trip.