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Per Person $240 USD
Child (Ages 12 and under.) $188 USD
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Be among the select few, under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit, to travel by canoe for an unprecedented experience of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier.

Your tour begins by paddling across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife you’ll find anywhere. Birds, including arctic terns, nest in the towering cliffs, and eagles, goats, salmon, and bears are all common sights!

Next, venture within yards of the massive, awe-inspiring face of the living Mendenhall Glacier. Grab a thrill ride by skirting the base of beautiful and powerful Nugget Falls. Then refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare for the return trip.

You’ll make your trip in a traditional Tlingit-style canoe, an exceptionally stable 28-foot watercraft, with all modern safety gear supplied. Because of the close approach to the glacier face, the Forest Service tightly controls the number of participants. You'll be thrilled that you were fortunate enough to participate in this one-of-a-kind adventure!

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from dock or hotel
  • Guided canoe adventure
  • Use of quality rain gear, life jackets, and overboots
  • Water, hot beverage (on cold days), and snack (reindeer sausage and salmon spread with crackers)
  • An incredible journey with amazing views!

Days of Operation

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Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 3.5 hrs - Afternoon. Tour time will be assigned upon confirmation.
  • 3.5 hrs - Morning. Tour time will be assigned upon confirmation.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Moderate to good physical condition is necessary for participation in this excursion.
• Children must weigh at least 40 pounds in order to fit into required life jackets.
• Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
• Unaccompanied children ages 13 through 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
• This tour operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service.
• Tour times vary daily and will be assigned upon confirmation. During check out you will have a choice between a morning or afternoon program. We will also ask if you have any other tours booked while in port.


• There is a maximum of 19 people per canoe, plus the guide. There is a guide in every canoe.
• This tour requires a minimum of 6 people.