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 guided canoe trip across Mendenhall Lake near face of glacier
  • 15 minutes snack stop on beach near Nugget Falls
  • 50 minutes paddle back across lake
  • 10 minutes return gear and boots

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets in front of the Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

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.

Not seeing answers to your questions?

Check out other frequently asked questions here!

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: https://alaska-shoreexcursions.com/blog/mendenhall-glacier!

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Duration: 3.5 hours

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Adult: $187.95

Child (12 and Under): $140.96

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