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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour provided by Alaska Travel Adventures

Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour

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Mount Roberts Tramway
490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USAJUNEAU MEETING PLACE: On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram. When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo.
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    Mendenhall Lake
    Stop: 2 hours -
    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. Upon arrival at Mendenhall Lake, your experienced, friendly guide will help outfit you with life jackets and rain gear before instructing you on proper kayaking techniques. Then, you will board the two-person kayaks with a traveling companion or a new friend and set off on your Alaskan adventure. Journey across Mendenhall Lake in your stable two-person 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, refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare and reminisce about the experience that is sure to be a highlight of your Alaska vacation. Never paddled before? Don’t worry; your experienced guide will group you into similar abilities so you can travel at a comfortable pace while ensuring that your adventure is safe and enjoyable. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the Mendenhall Glacier as only a select few lucky adventurers can.
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You'll end at
Mount Roberts Tramway
490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USAJUNEAU MEETING PLACE: On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram. When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Snacks
  • Transportation
  • Full rain gear included (pants/jacket/boots)
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Permits
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Gloves and an extra pair of socks are recommended
  • Minimum weight: 40lbs
  • Maximum weight: Subject to waist size required to fit in the kayak cockpit. Cockpits are 16.5" X 10"
  • Guests taller than 6' 3" will not be able to steer with foot pedals and will have to steer with the oar instead. Guests can still participate, it is just a guideline to take note of.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate without a parent or guardian.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Mindy A wrote a review Sep 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan4 contributions
We had a great paddle with Andre, who was friendly and knowledgeable. We saw sea lions, bald eagles and curious seals who followed our group. The views were astounding and the overall experience was unforgettable!
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Date of experience: September 2019
PaigeMac wrote a review Sep 2019
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We had an amazing afternoon kayaking to the Mendenhall Glacier. Pieces of glacier floated nearby in the lake and beautiful waterfalls along the way. Ian and Meghan were knowledgeable, friendly, and made sure everyone on the trip had a great time (from novice to more experienced
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Date of experience: September 2019
gqjustin wrote a review Sep 2019
Seattle, WA383 contributions174 helpful votes
I booked this tour with a few friends who were visiting Juneau with me. We were not part of a cruise ship, but instead flew into Juneau and stayed at a local hotel. We decided to do the Mendenhall Kayak Glacier Tour instead of visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. I
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Date of experience: September 2019
Cathy i wrote a review Sep 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia21 contributions6 helpful votes
This was super fun! Megan was a great guide, kept us all together and dealt with our variety of skill levels. The kayaking was somewhat challenging at times but totally worth it. Getting that close to the glacier and Nugget Falls was a super experience. They outfitted us well,
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Date of experience: September 2019
Lisa F wrote a review Sep 2019
Naples, Florida, USA126 contributions48 helpful votes
This was our first excursion as part of a 7 day cruise. We loved this peaceful and beautiful paddle! Our guide Andre (a native of Alaska) was knowledgeable and very helpful, especially with getting in and out of the kayak :) We saw bald eagles in the trees and the glacier in
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Date of experience: August 2019
About the operator

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By: Alaska Travel Adventures
shane c
Nice way to finish a busy day
The Salmon bake was a nice relaxing way to finish off a busy day of touring. We were dropped off from our tour and
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Shelly R
Amazing Excursion
We loves this excursion, we got to drive the jeep and see so much in mountains of Ketchikan, from the rain forest t
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Great View, Lots of Bald Eagles!
Our tour guide did an amazing job! It was an informational tour and we saw a lot of beautiful sights, however with
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Lisa H
Perfect day!
We paddled across the lake with novice paddlers. Weather changed from cloudy to clear to drizzly. We saw It all. Wo
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A little disappointed
Food was okay but not what we expected. The first salmon bake we went to was an excursion from the ship. It was muc
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Alan S
Up close
If you want a water experience that gets you close to the Mendenhall glacier, this excursion will not disappoint.
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Juneau salmon bake review
Went there after our bus excursion. Don’t know if the cooks were on strike, or if there were a bunch of newbie co
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Last trip of the Year
We had a perfect October day for this. Water was up, rapids were excellent, bald eagle sitting on a rock in the riv
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Sara and Captain Alex were great hosts but the Orcas stole the show by playing with the boat!
Fantastic whale watching adventure! The orcas were all around the boat by their choice as we had stopped and they
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Lot of Fun
They provided clothing and boots to keep you dry, which wasn't the easiest to get on and then the life jacket compo
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anne A
Really nice acitivity
In spite of the long drive in the rain to get there, this turned out to be a really nice tour (booked through a cru
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Kendall W
Whale Watching and Salmon Bake
THIS COMPANY IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! DO NOT BOOK WITH THEM. Today is my wedding anniversary and the first and only
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Great guides, great fun as a shore excursion
Team and guides were lots of fun and knowledgeable about area and forests. Anyone who likes driving off road will l
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A Must Do!
I spent the whole summer traveling all around Alaska and this was definitely my favorite experience! You get to dri
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Jenny T
A whole lot of whales and good food
Had a great time on our whale watching trip with Christine and Terry. Saw quite a few whales. Then went to the salm
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  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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