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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour provided by Alaska Travel Adventures

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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour

Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour
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Duration:
3h 30m
Group size:
12
Ticket type:
Mobile
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  • 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
  • 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 travelers 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.
  • 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 12 travelers
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 travelers 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.
  • 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 12 travelers
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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4.0
25 reviews
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Jennifer R
Nashville, TN47 contributions
This was a beautiful day on the lake area surrounding the Mendenhall Glacier. Jack and Julia were excellent guides. We paddled past growlers (small icebergs) and a big waterfall on our way to view the glacier up close. They provided us with all the equipment we needed. The water got a little choppy on the way back, so we got a good workout on the way back to the shore.
Written July 2, 2022
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Tracy H
Eugene, OR4 contributions
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 July 22, 2021
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TEntwistle
Philadelphia, PA93 contributions
Family
We had a beautiful day for kayaking, and 6 boats in our group. While there were several with no kayaking experience, there were no laggards in our group. We made good time going across the lake and then around the corner to see the glacier. We were probably 300-400 yards from the edge of the glacier and could see it clearly. We probably had 10 to 15 minutes to sit there and take in the views of the glacier. There were a handful of icebergs in the area, but they were not a hindrance to paddling. There had been a lot of rain, so there was a waterfall along the side of the mountain that was roaring. It was beautiful. Clayton and Sequoia were our guides and seemed very knowledgeable about the area. There were a ton of birds, and one mountain goat high up on the cliff that Clayton pointed out.

As noted but some of the other reviewers, the quality of the tour may depend somewhat on the others in your group, and how good they are at getting their boats moving. Their were some large canoes also going out on tours the day we were there, and perhaps that may minimize the dependence upon a few individuals to get to the glacier as even if half of the canoers are paddling, you should make it. However, you then give up the experience of having your own (shared with one other person) boat and of doing it yourself.

Pay attention to the size limits - I am just under 6'3" and had to sit in the kayak with my legs fully extended (with no ability to bend my knees or shift). A shorter person will have the ability to bend at the knees, but taller people will find their knees are completely within the cockpit of the boat thus have limited room to move

If you bring younger children/early teens, be prepared to do most or all of the paddling yourself. While they can put the paddle in the water, it will probably not really be functional help

Snacks at the end were very good. They had warm cider, reindeer sausage and salmon dip among other things
Written August 14, 2018
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Thank you for the kind and detailed review. We are so pleased you had a great time! Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written August 20, 2018
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elainejean
berkeley, ca17 contributions
Family
See the photo above. It was my dream to take my family of 8 kayaking up to the glacier. $1600 down the tubes. We had perfect weather! We never got to the glacier! We had one slow boat and the two leaders insisted that we all stay behind - despite the fact that the slow kayakers begged the leaders to send for the disaster boat, tie the boat to theirs or go to shore so that a change could be made in the seating arrangement. Half way there, the leaders looked at their watch and said we had to turn around. We all fought with the leaders for flexibility and creative solutions since one leader could stay behind and the other could quickly go forward. They clearly were following company rules. This is a large company based in Seattle. There was a few minutes of soft spoken instruction prior. Most didn't hear that the back seat should be a strong rower, so people hopped in with their favorite companion. Big mistake! We could have easily complied. We got back 30 minutes early and there was no one after us. In two other cities, we had local leaders and there was no comparison in flexibility and authentic caring.
Written August 13, 2018
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I am so sorry you had a bad experience. Our guides are there for the safety of all Kayakers and it sounds like they had to make a decision based on the entire group which is protocol. We are not based in Seattle. Our home office is in Juneau. Again, I am sorry you had a bad experience with us. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written August 20, 2018
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MJBuyer
1 contribution
Ariel and Clayton were fun.

For the price we paid, we wish we could’ve gone further in our kayaks. We saw boats with multiple people paddling cover more water than we did, and it’s mostly due to having to wait for inexperienced kayakers in our group. Perhaps we could’ve split up?

Also, we ran out of time at the end. We had an all-you-can-eat salmon bake tied to our excursion, and our group had to quickly eat and run before our ship departed (even the entertainment at the salmon bake was packing up.)

We are pretty sure we were some of the last ones back on our ship that night. The anxiety of getting back on time did not make the experience as enjoyable as it could’ve been.
Written August 10, 2018
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I apologize about that, thanks for pointing it out. We will strive to improve on that. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written August 20, 2018
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mjswansona
Greenville, SC726 contributions
I will start this review by stating that I am a very experienced kayaker. If you view this trip from a kayaking standpoint you will be sorely disappointed. If you want to see seals, bald eagles a beautiful view of mendenhal glacier and experience a great opportunity to paddle in glacial waters with great photo opportunities then you will enjoy the trip.

The staff were very helpful and the bus driver was particularly entertaining and provided a great overview of the area.

My biggest disappointment was that they put all of us in one group including those who had no paddling experience at all.
Written July 22, 2018
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Thank you for your feedback! Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written August 8, 2018
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Lori B
15 contributions
Couples
We were in a group of 12, 6 kayaks plus the guides. When we got there we had to wait in the van because the guides weren't there yet. Some of the kayakers were really slow so we had to keep waiting for them. You have to stay together as a group. The guides were trying to hurry them up. We didn't get very close to the glacier at all. We got to the main lake, had the guide take a picture of us and then they said it was time to go back. There was an iceberg that I asked if we could go over to and the guide said no we didn't have time. Back at shore they had snacks~ cheese, crackers, sausage etc. But by the time we changed out of our gear they were gone. Maybe if you have a small group and more time it would be better. We definitely didn't have 3.5 hours! Not worth $200/person!
Written July 16, 2018
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I am sorry we did not meet your expectations on this tour. Thank you for the information, I will pass this along to all who participated and see what kind of changes we can make. Thank you again, Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written July 20, 2018
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gqjustin
Seattle, WA461 contributions
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 September 18, 2019
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Lisa F
Naples, Florida, USA125 contributions
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 September 6, 2019
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Lea H
1 contribution
Family
We booked this Lake Mendenhall Kayak excursion through the website and read the reviews ahead of our trip. We wanted a closer view of the Mendenhall, and this was by far the BEST experience our family has had! *Be careful of the other excursions labeled 'Glacier View' - those are from another lake with a distant view of the Mendenhall Glacier. This excursion puts you on 'the' Mendenhall Lake where you paddle past small chunks of glacier ice and then past Nugget Falls and then over to the actual Mendenhall Glacier- within about 100 ft. of the glacier. We got great pics of it close up! You can see the blue colored ice cracks and details of the glacier more closely and the views looking up at the surrounding mountains was just gorgeous!
It was a 'good' workout so not for those with limited endurance/ arm strength or joint / back issues! You paddle about 2 miles there and then back I believe. Weather can change on you in seconds. On the way to glacier it was sunny and calm water, but rain and wind picked up on the way back and we had to work harder to paddle through some choppier water. We felt safe and secure in our kayaks the whole time despite weather changes. They give you rain gear that is quite bulky (fishing waders w/overalls and boots) but helps keep you dry on legs/feet. Bring a rain coat for sure. Waterproof gloves would help, but I used my snow gloves and they just got soaked anyway, so bare hands may be easier and dry faster. You do get cold/shivering a bit with the rain, so that is a factor to be ready to deal with. It was worth the money/experience despite any weather issues!
We had a family of 5 and we had 2 guides with us, Collin and TJ. Both guides helped us have a great time! They were very patient and allowed us time to take pics without rushing us! My 3 daughters enjoyed their humor/informative talk too! Thanks to both Collin and TJ for sharing your time/patience and humor with all of us! Hope to see y'all next time we visit!
Written June 28, 2018
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Great detailed review of your trip, thank you! We will let TJ and Collin know! Dale E Smith Director of Sales and Marketing
Written June 29, 2018
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daddyo-2
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Fun trip to the base of the Mendenhall glacier
Toured Mendenhall Glacier and lake in a canoe with Jack. He was great - very energetic, knowledgeable and entertain
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SuziQ is the Best
Picturesque view of Alaska. Best tourguide I have ever met!!! Sue, aka Suze, aka Suzy, aka SuziQ, was very enterta
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Christie Langev... O
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Great fun
We saw deer, and a bald eagle, but not the elusive Moose. Our family of 4 went with Susie who was fantastic guide a
Nicole H
Nicole H
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Canoe trip
Don was a great guide! Had a super time really fun and interesting. Make sure you dress in layers gets a little chi
Erosema
Erosema
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Great experience!
Having never done rafting before, I was a little nervous to do this. Our guide, Trent, was very pleasant, and most
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Amazing!
I was terrified in the begining but our experienced guide SUZIE Q was amazing!! She was so excited and personable a
Wilcostigan
Wilcostigan
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Worthwhile experience
It was an amazing experience. There were fewer rapids than expected but it was enjoyable nonetheless. SusieQ was a
Braeingle
Braeingle
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Don't miss this canoeing experience!
We loved our canoe trip across Mendenhall Lake to the glacier! The scenery was stunning and the rain gear apprecia
tonyad558
tonyad558
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Terrifying
I recently had the experience of doing this raft trip. The raft we had was loaded with 9 riding and one paddler .
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Not as scenic
Was not anticipating that we would see more homes than just natural scenery. The view of the glacier was quite dist
J3603PNheathers
J3603PNheathers
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Fun time
We had an awesome time we are first timers. We sat in the front of the boat and yes you are going to get wet. But
Gord L
Gord L
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Great time Rafting
My wife and I had an amazing experience with a knowledgeable and perky guide. Sue, whom we referred to as SusieQ wa
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Paul H
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It’s OK but I would consider other excursions if you can. Bus driver made the trip back miserable.
The main problem with this excursion was the bus driver Mr. Ed. He needs to speak slowly and clearly into his micro
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