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Portage Glacier

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Address: Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, AK
Phone Number: 907 783 232
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Portage Lake and Byron Glacier

We took a day trip to Portage Lake in hopes of hiking across the frozen lake to Portage Glacier. Alas, there was no ice on the lake at all. Plan B was a hike along Byron Glacier... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Big Lake, Alaska, United States
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149 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

If you are hoping to see a glacier, you missed Portage by 20 years. I find it too depressing to visit now when it has receded so significantly. Beautiful area and lake, as well as visitor center, but such a disappointment from the days when ice was RIGHT THERE and I could take a chunk home in a plastic bag.... More 

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Big Lake, Alaska, United States
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We took a day trip to Portage Lake in hopes of hiking across the frozen lake to Portage Glacier. Alas, there was no ice on the lake at all. Plan B was a hike along Byron Glacier trail. Byron Glacier Rd was closed to vehicles, so that added a little extra to the 2 mile round trip hike. Easy terrain... More 

Thank natimage
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

This place is really worth a visit! After a nice hike we arrived to this beautiful glacier. The landscape is worth the effort, as you can see on the picture!

Thank CeciEva
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65 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We went for a drive out of Girdwood and ran into the lake by the glacier and visitor center. So pretty , I am excited to see it in the summer time!

Thank Tiffany M
Anchorage, Alaska
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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

My first week every in Alaska in 2012 I went on this short tour. It is well worth the small fee. Go and see this!

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Colden, New York
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144 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

My husband and I took this short boat tour on 8/6/15. Cost $70.20 senior rate. We did the 12:00 noon trip. The boat is the mvPtarmigan. It holds up to 144 passengers. Portage Glacier and its lake are part of the Chugach National Forest. The lake was formed by the melting of the glacier over time. Very calm boat tour.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

So this was even more interesting when you could really see the glacier, but the stop is worth it regardless. It is a beautiful facility and there is a great little museum to go through. The turn in can be confusing for first-timers, so look out.

Thank clntng
Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

There are no less than six glaciers in this area the most epic of which is of course, the Portage Glacier. I highly recommend a stop at this place. The visitor center and the Portage Lake right in front of it are a great place to visit and explore. A small tour boat takes people around the Portage Lake and... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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120 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Portage Glacier has receded out of sight of the Portage Glacier Visitor Center, but it is still one of the best attractions around. From the Visitor Center the glacier you see is Burns Glacier. You can still catch a glimpse of Portage Glacier by driving toward the tunnel to Whittier. You can also see Portage Glacier up close by taking... More 

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167 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is a must trip if you are in Anchorage. Beautiful drive to the Portage Glacier along the lake and the Glacier itself and the area are stunning. Unless you travel a lot, this may be a once in a lifetime event to see the glaciers so go if you can.

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