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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour provided by Alaska Travel Adventures

Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour
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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. 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5474P36
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Snacks
  • Transportation
  • Full rain gear included (pants/jacket/boots)
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Permits
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA JUNEAU 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.
Additional information
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Snacks
  • Transportation
  • Full rain gear included (pants/jacket/boots)
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Permits
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA JUNEAU 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.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Mount Roberts Tramway
    490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
    JUNEAU 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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Tracy H
Eugene, OR4 contributions
Great views and incredible guides!!
Jul 2021
Our tour was great from start to finish. Kami gave us great recommendations for other great things to do in and around Juneau and Adrian and Isaac guided (and prodded) us to the glacier. For those who may be nervous because of their lack of experience kayaking, I can say that all of the crew here are great teachers and even though there were experienced kayakers in our group, we were able to keep up and made it to the glacier and back. The views are spectacular and the snack at the end was perfect!!
Written 22 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mindy A
Grand Rapids, MI4 contributions
Curious seals followed our group!
Sep 2019
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!
Written 26 September 2019
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PaigeMac
2 contributions
Amazing way to get up and close with the glacier!
Sep 2019 • Couples
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 kayakers). This will likely be the highlight of our Alaska cruise.
Written 24 September 2019
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gqjustin
Seattle, WA439 contributions
Great views / Kayaking adventure!
Sep 2019
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 knew this would give us a more private perspective of the glacier, Nugget Falls, and Mendenhall Lake while doing something adventurous.

The tour is a bit pricey, but that is to be expected with these types of shore excursions.

We followed the instructions in our voucher that was sent to our email. We met the guide outside the Mount Roberts Tramway as requested. The guide was there on-time and ready to greet tour-goers. The guide funneled us into the appropriate group to await our transportation to the lake. The transportation was a passenger van. Nothing luxurious, but it got the job done. Our group (9 adults) loaded up into the van and our driver gave us a few facts about Juneau as we worked our way towards the lake. The lake was about a 20 minute drive.

Once at the lake’s parking area, we were greeted by the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representatives. The reps were nice, friendly, and knew what they were doing. The reps (I think Chris and Megan?) gave us a brief welcome and what to expect before ushering us to a nearby parking lot restroom. After everyone had a chance to use the restrooms, we gathered at the tour company’s truck to fitted in the appropriate gear. The gear included rain-pants, waterproof boots, and a life-jacket. We stowed our personal items in a bin that was placed inside the truck for safe keeping. This was our chance to leave behind wallets, excess jackets, shoes, etc. I brought a waterproof case (buy it in advance on Amazon) for my iPhone, so I took that with me to the kayaks to grab photos.

After we got into our gear, we were taken to the shoreline where the kayaks were waiting. A representative gave us a safety briefing and quick training tutorial. After everyone was prepped, we boarded our kayaks. My friend and I kayaked together. If you are solo, it seemed that one of the guides would offer to kayak with you in a tandem kayak.

We got out on the water and began paddling with the guides keeping us on track while pointing out some of the areas features. We got out around a peninsula and were treated to great views of the glacier. The wind was getting a bit strong near the glacier area, so our guides rerouted our group over to get a closer view of Nugget Falls. Eventually, it was time to head back towards the shoreline.

I was never cold while out on the water, but we had a sunny day with temps in the mid-60’s. I wore some jogging pants, warm socks, gloves, sunglasses, and nike pullover. I was glad I had the gloves because it helped keep my hands protected from the paddling. I took my selfie-stick with me to grab some photos of my friend and I with my phone. That worked quite well. I would recommend brining a water bottle on the kayak with you. I forgot, but there was water provided back at the truck.

After we beached our kayaks, the guides took us back to the truck to remove our gear and to retrieve our belongings. There was plenty of time to ask questions about the area, use the restrooms, etc. There was water provided along with some light snacks.

I tipped our guides with some cash and thanked them. Eventually we found ourselves back in the van headed towards town. We stopped at an area along the way to drop off guests who were continuing to a salmon-bake dinner in the woods. It turned out my friend and I were the only ones in our group not going to the dinner. After we dropped off the rest of the group, the driver said he would take us anywhere in Juneau since there weren’t any other guests left on the van! The driver took us back to our downtown hotel and I tipped him a few dollars.

I enjoyed the adventure, but I honestly think most people might be okay with just going to the visitors center. However, if you sincerely enjoy kayaking and want to get some exercise, this might be the tour for you. The visitor’s center provides excellent views of the waterfall and fair enough views of the glacier. I should note that I am in fairly good shape and have kayaked many times in the past, but I found the kayaking a bit more difficult than I anticipated! The lake is not something to mess with and it’s important to listen to your guides.
Written 18 September 2019
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Cathy i
Washington DC, DC21 contributions
Mendenhall Lake Kayaking
Sep 2019
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, gave great instructions and were safety conscious. I highly recommend it!
Written 14 September 2019
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Lisa F
Naples, Florida, USA124 contributions
Mendenhall Lake Kayak
Aug 2019
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 the distance. You can book this tour with confidence.
Written 6 September 2019
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Nae
1 contribution
Mendenhall Lake Kayak
Aug 2019
We booked this excursion through our cruise. Carrie, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable about the local history, plants and animals. She made the experience extra special!
Written 24 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
I will pass along your compliments to Carrie!
Written 2 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelwithme
Cape Town Central, South Africa280 contributions
Heatwave change of plans
Jul 2019
We were supposed to get close and personal with the ice, but due to a heatwave could not do the trip. Instead we went kayaking on the sea, with the glacier far away.
There were experienced and first time paddlers in one group, which did not work out. Rather dissapointing.
Written 8 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rob B
17 contributions
Try Another Tour Operator
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited Juneau on the Star Princess on Wed 31 Jul 2019 and had a poor experience with this tour operator. We first booked the kayak and salmon bake tour through the ship and selected the option to get as close as possible to the glacier, however it was cancelled by the tour operator. We then decided to do just the lake tour through the ship and it was very poorly run.

1st the tour was not 2 hours on the water, it was only 1.5 hours as the tour guides were very pushy to get back to land and try and sell their shirts and photos. We ended up waiting 30 minutes for the bus when we could have been on the lake. Also we only saw the glacier from a far distance as the kayak trip was simply across to an island 1/4 of the way to the glacier and back. Additionally the tour guide was constantly power kayaking in front of the group and projecting his voice in front so no one could hear. He should have kayaked with the group and stopped when he wanted to talk and point to things instead of seeming to always be on a schedule.

I would recommend you look for a different tour operator in Juneau and potentially not book through the ship.
Written 5 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sorry, you had a bad experience. I will address your time on the water concern with the staff. Your first tour on the lake was canceled due to high winds and safety issues, there isn't much we can do about Mother Nature. The tour you then booked was our Glacier View Sea Kayak tour. Yes, you are roughly 8 miles from the glacier in the Gastineau Channel which is not a lake but it is the North Pacific Ocean. Again, sorry you were disappointed. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written 15 August 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

J Mitchell
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour
Jul 2019 • Solo
Loved every minute! Megan was an awesome guide. The scenery was incredible. One of the highlights of my trip for sure!!
Written 3 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for sharing, I will let Megan know your praises for her. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written 15 August 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Fantastic time
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Good choice in Juneau
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Cancelled on us last minute
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Panning for gold in a beautiful setting
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Floating and laughing
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a whole lot of fun!
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