Juneau Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure

Be among the select few under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit to travel by canoe for an unprecedented experience near the face of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier!

Explore nature up close while paddling across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, and spotting some of the great Alaskan wildlife you're always hearing about. Birds, including arctic terns, nest in the towering cliffs, and eagles, goats, salmon and bears are all common sights.

Next, we'll venture within a safe distance of the massive, awe-inspiring face of the living Mendenhall Glacier. Grab a thrill ride by skirting the base of beautiful and powerful Nugget Falls, as well!

You can even refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare for your return. You will make the trip in a traditional Tlingit-syle canoe, an exceptionally stable 28 foot watercraft, with all modern safety gear supplied.

Because of the close approach to the glacier face, the Forest Service tightly controls the number of participants - be sure to secure your space now!

Included: Necessary rain gear and life jackets. Snacks and beverages.

Please note: Minimum weight to partcipate is 40lbs.

Duration: 3.5 hours


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Life jackets, rain jackets, rain pants, boots.
  • Snack consisting of: Water and apple cider, crackers, smoked salmon spread, cheese, and veggie sticks.


  • Minimum weight is 40lbs to fit into the required lifejacket.
  • Low to moderate physical activity is required.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 50 minutes roundtrip narrated transfer to Mendenhall Lake
  • 10 minutes outfitting, orientation, risk acknowledgment, divide into groups, board raft
  • 60 minutes narrated float tour across Mendenhall Lake and down Mendenhall River
  • 15 minutes snack stop on beach near Nugget Falls
  • 50 minutes paddle back across lake
  • 10 minutes return gear and boots

What if I have never canoed before?

Don’t worry! These are very stable 20 passenger canoes so no experience is necessary. 

How close will I get to the glacier?

This tour allows you to get as close as you can without a helicopter. Conditions of the day will dictate exactly how close you can get.

Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?

Bald eagles and their nests, herons, shorebirds and waterfowl are all common sights. Porpoises and even humpback whales occasionally surface for air, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.

Can I bring a backpack?

Yes, all bags and other belongings you don’t want in the kayak will be locked up in a vehicle onshore. 

Can I bring my own food or drink?

Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.

Are food and drink included?

Yes, a snack consisting water and apple cider, crackers, smoked salmon spread, cheese, and veggie sticks is provided.

Are there any physical requirements for this tour?

Minimum weight is 40lbs.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Weather depending, you are encouraged to wear gloves, light layers and an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet in the boots.

Do you offer any discounts or promotions?

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Do you offer tours for large groups?

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

Can multiple families book this tour and be together?

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?

If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.

What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?

All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.

How close is the pick-up location to the cruise ship?

This will vary from port to port. Most excursions meet you either in front of your cruise ship or within a maximum 5-10 minute walk from your ship unless otherwise noted. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.

What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?

We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.

Does the tour include transportation?

Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.

What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?

All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.

Want to learn more about our Mendenhall Glacier tours?

Check out our blog for more details on all of the Mendenhall Glacier tours we offer: http://alaska-shoreexcursions.com/blog/mendenhall-glacier!

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Adult: $177.45

Child: $133.35

  • Alaska Shore Excursions
  • 212 Admiral Way Ste. 5 Juneau, Alaska 99801
  • 1-888-586-8489