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Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure provided by Alaska Travel Adventures

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Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure

Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h 30m
Group size:
19
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    3h 30m
  • Group size:
    19
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Snacks
  • Transportation
  • Necessary Equipment (rain gear, life jackets, boots)
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs (available for purchase)
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 travelers with back problems
  • 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
  • Minimum weight: 40lbs
  • Maximum weight: approx 350lbs.
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 19 travelers
Inclusions
  • Snacks
  • Transportation
  • Necessary Equipment (rain gear, life jackets, boots)
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs (available for purchase)
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 travelers with back problems
  • 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
  • Minimum weight: 40lbs
  • Maximum weight: approx 350lbs.
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 19 travelers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

5.0
55 reviews
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Dwightcr
Chapin, SC1,018 contributions
We booked this half day tour with HAL. Great afternoon canoeing Lake Mendenhall for about 2.5 miles to view glacier and see Nugget Falls. Don our guide was fun, educational and informative.
Written May 17, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nancy B
Dallas, TX3 contributions
May 2022
Fun excursion. Don was our guide and did a great job educating us about the glacier and lake as we paddle close . Saw mountain goats on the mountainside and had a nice long visit to Nugget Falls to stretch our legs. They supply Welly's ( rubber boots) as you have to step in the water to get into the boat and had a nice snack at the end.
Written May 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ILMMCT
Wilmington, NC125 contributions
A fun experience in Juneau.

Get up close and personal with the Medenhall Glacier, waterfall and neighboring beach.

This is a good workout for those willing to help propel the boat. An extremely fun experience that gets you closer to the glacier than any other tour.
Written August 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cindi m
San Diego, CA11 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We booked this 8:30 am tour 5+ months in advance. Imagine our surprise when, about 2pm THE DAY BEFORE THE TOUR, literally as our cruise ship was pulling out of the Ketchican port and I was about to lose cell service, I received a text from Alaska Travel Adventure advising me that our 8:30 tour had been cancelled and I could rebook on the 11:00 am tour if I chose. This was most disconcerting because of the VERY short notice -- less than 16 hours -- and the fact that I had to make in instantaneous decision because, in less than 5 minutes, I would not be able to communicate with them again until the day of the tour, and because I had other plans for the day based around our 8:30 am tour time. Had this text come 5 minutes later, I wouldn't have gotten it and we wouldn't have even known of the change until the morning, and we would have planned our evening and our early morning on the ship assuming we had to be off the boat at 8 am for our tour.

I said yes to the text (we had little other choice) and then talked to the woman in the office the next morning when we were in port in Juneau. She said they only had a few people for the 8:30 and the paddling would be too hard. However, when I later mentioned that my husband has had shoulder surgery and wouldn’t be able to pitch in to paddle much, she laughed and said, “Oh, don’t worry. The guide really does almost all of the work [wink, wink]” So I think it is fair to assume that this cancellation and rebooking was strictly for their financial convenience in not wanting to run a small tour.

It may seem like this was a minor change, but smacking the tour in the middle of the day meant we could do little else. My plan had been to take this tour early in the day, and then take the town shuttle back to the Mendenhall Visitor Center and do the hike(s) at the top of Nugget Falls that are so highly rated. But we didn’t have time to do this before the 11 am tour, and by the time we would get back from the later paddle tour, even though it’s light late here and our ship is in port until 8 pm, for some unknown reason the shuttles to and from the Visitor Center stop around 3 pm. In the frantic 1.5 hours after I got off the ship in the morning, I could find no other tours operated after about 2 pm. By the time I actually met them for pick up at 10:50, I was borderline furious for creating a pretty messed up schedule for our day in Juneau.

To top it off, the bus departed for our paddle tour late because the organizing person on the street was dealing with 2 people whose kayak tour through Alaska Travel Adventures had also been cancelled. My understanding was that they hadn’t even been informed and showed up thinking they were going on a tour.

The good thing was that the rest of the Mendenhall Lake Canoe Paddle tour was fine and quite good. Our tour driver was helpful and very informative. He knew about my displeasure; I don’t know if the ride out to the glacier is usually such a narrated tour, but our driver did a great job, pointing out eagles, and the fish hatchery, and talking about the local scene. On the way back, he gave us an abbreviated tour of some of the outlying areas of Juneau while he talked about the area.

The canoe paddling experience on Mendenhall Lake was very good. They offer raincoats and rubber boots, and stored back packs and shoes. The paddling was easy with our excellent guide (sorry I can’t remember his name) doing most of the work and talking and commenting all the way. We paddled by icebergs in the water and got pretty close to the glacier. It doesn’t look anywhere near as blue as the Photo-shopped picture on the TripAdvisor page, but is it quite stupendous and seeing the blue in the crevices was beautiful. Our guide said that the blue was more visible on a cloudy day, so we were lucky. I'm not sure if that is true of not, but it was lovely and a great experience. We paddled to the base of Nugget Falls and walked near the falls and had snacks. The canoe paddle on Mendenhall Lake was quite memorable and I must say I would probably go through the hassle of dealing with this operator again in order to do this trip (hence the 3 stars instead of lower). This is not an excursion offered through the ship, and several other passengers were surprised that we’d done such an unusual thing.

Things have a way of working out, as the weather was rainier at our 8:30 time than it was at 11:00, although I don’t believe this is why they changed the tour time. As mentioned, our tour driver (may have been named Mike) went out of his way to fix the bad feelings we started with. Overall, he succeeded and this was a good experience. On the way back to town he dropped us at the Alaska Museum, which was recommended by someone else on our tour, so we were able to fill our afternoon with something other than wondering to tourist gift shops and restaurants.

In summary the actual canoe experience was very good, but if you are going to deal with Alaska Travel Adventure, I strongly suggest that you have Plan B mapped out that you can implement quickly to save the stress of losing very valuable vacation hours in port, in case they unilaterally make changes to your paid-in-full tour at the last minute.
Written July 7, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
I am so sorry your original time had been canceled and caused you a disruption in your day. Yes, in fact, we have guest minimums on all of our tours. With the Native canoe, the minimum is the number of paddlers it takes to safely push a 750 - 1000 pound, 30 feet long canoe in the 33-degree water. Safety is always our first concern on any tour we operate. Some of our water-related tours can be interrupted by weather and minimums not being met. Again I am sorry for the disruption in your schedule. Thanks for sharing, Dale E Smith Director of Sales and Marketing
Written July 11, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jessica
16 contributions
May 2019 • Family
My family and I went on this awesome canoe trip on May 14th at 4 pm. The canoe trip was very enjoyable. My girls are 9 and 6 and they loved it. It wasn’t too hard for them. We’ve been to Mendenhall before on a hike, but the canoe trip was way better!
Our guide John was amazing and very knowledgeable. He was super nice and friendly. My girls loved talking to him and asking questions. It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be. They provided rain boots and life jackets. They also had water and snacks when we stopped at the waterfall. I definitely recommend this tour for everyone! It is the best way to see the Mendenhall Glacier.
Written May 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ColoradomanDenver
Denver47 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Great excursion- terrific weather helped. Good guide and good length ~2 hours. Teenage sons enjoyed. Mendenhall glacier is rapidly receding. Be ready to paddle- moderately strenuous
Written August 21, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for the compliment!
Written September 2, 2019
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FoodWineTravel2015
Naples, FL19 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
What a wonderful experience! We booked this Mendenhall Glacier Native Canoe Adventure through our cruise ship, Regent Mariner…and it was one of the real highlights of our trip to Alaska. Our guides, Mitch and Arielle, were terrific…friendly, informative…and very hard workers to help us retirees paddle all the way to the glacier and the falls. The views were stunning! This was a chance to get really close to the natural wonders we had come to Alaska to see. The trip was also very amusing in that we were not very coordinated paddlers…but we all gave it our best…and the experience was priceless! Thank you, Mitch. Thank you Arielle. Loved it all!
Written September 15, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are so pleased you got that experience! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Written October 18, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paula M
2 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This was a fun experience. Our Guide Ariel was fantastic. We did this with several young kids so the adults really had to carry the weight of canoeing part. Everyone enjoyed the experience and the kids enjoyed trying to paddle. Seeing the Menddenhall glacier up close from the water was really neat.
Written August 9, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sounds like a great expeience for all! Thanks for sharing. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written August 20, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

luisaelsinor
Victoria, Canada2 contributions
Wow. Where to begin. We went on a canoe tour with Kenneth and Arielle and from the moment it started I knew it would be fantastic when I heard his beautiful southern drawl. From the get go it only got better. Not only did Kenneth share many incredibly informative facts about the area with us, but he carried our entire canoe through tonnes of wind all the way to the glacier. They even hand-prepared delicious snacks when we got to the waterfall, who has the time? THEY DO! Talk about jacks of all trades. Could not be more impressed! If you go on this trip, I highly recommend requesting Arielle or Kenneth!
Written August 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to share your adventure! Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written August 8, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marc K
Boynton Beach, FL22 contributions
We are a family of 6. Wife and I, with four children ranging in ages from 7 to 16.

Our two older teenage boys were at the front of the canoe, setting the pace for paddlers on each side of the canoe. The younger two children splashed their paddles in the water a few times, then simply rode in the canoe with us for the remainder of the trip. We paddled up towards the glacier. Spun the canoe around so everyone can shoot photos and selfies. Then paddled towards the waterfall. Again, another opportunity to shoot more photos. Then paddled to one of the floating icebergs in the lake. Paddled right up close to the iceberg, almost close enough to touch it with our paddles. Then paddled back towards the beach for yummy crackers and salmon dip. Was able to get a great appreciation of the lake and awesome glacier. Highly recommend.
Written June 24, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
So glad your family had a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing Dale E Smith Director of Sales and Marketing
Written June 26, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Favorite Kayaking trip
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Mendenhall Kayak Tour
We had a great time on this Kayak excursion. Our guides Taylor and Trent were awesome and gave us great instruction
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Below average experience and unknowledgeble guide
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Amazing experience
Amazing trip with 2 really knowledgeable guides, Duran and Colt who made the whole excursion really worthwhile, br
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Worth every penny
We came September 2021 and this was 100% worth every penny! Sugar Sean was our guide and he was hilarious! He made
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River float Mendenhall Glacier
Sugary Sean took care to get us safely on the river float.. Loved seeing the Mendenhall Glacier and waterfall from
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SUGAR SEAN -HIGHLY RECOMMEND AS A GUIDE
SUGAR SEAN MADE OUR TRIP! He was super fun, personable and had great insight on Alaska! His personality and jokes
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10/10 late year kayaking trip
Awesome time . Our guide neesha was the best part and very knowledge about the area. Water was little choppy but wa
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Great float trip!!
Sugar Sean was a FANTASTIC guide! He was very entertaining and knowledgeable as well as very skilled in operating t
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Nice trip across lake and down the river.
Sugar Sean was great! This was a beautiful float trip over the lake and down the river. There were eagles along the
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Loads of fun!
This was a blast! We spotted 5 eagles 🦅 on our excursion and sugar Seon was a great tour guide. He made it a lot o
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Leah G
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Noice float
Sugar Sean was real NOICE. 10/10. We had a great time. Pro tip : wear 2 pairs of really warm socks. We saw eag
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Fantastic time
Sweet Shawn was awesome. He made the adventure great! Beautiful views. Rainbows, eagles, rapids. Don’t miss it! One
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Good choice in Juneau
Weather was on our side. Beauiful views. Our great guide SEAN was knowledgeable. He spoted 4 eagles . Saw their ne
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