Mendenhall Glacier River Float with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour


4.63 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
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Mendenhall Glacier River Float Trip

Sku: TT72

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Mon - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you want to see the famous Mendenhall Glacier and still get some adventure in for the day, then this Juneau whitewater rafting tour is for you. Start out with a narrated transport to Mendenhall Glacier, before you are geared up and jump into your raft. Then enjoy a 5-mile float down the Mendenhall River, where you can spot wildlife along the banks including eagles, arctic turns, goats, salmon and even bears. Your guide will steer you through 1 mile of class-3 mendenhall glacier rafting, or if you are looking for more of a challenge, you can opt-in for the paddle excursions! At the conclusion of your trip, enjoy an Alaska-style snack and be awarded your “I Shot The Mendenhall” pin to commemorate your adventure. Fully narrated by professional guides, spend your day connecting with Alaskan wilderness, and perhaps even try rafting for the first time, with a mendenhall glacier rafting tour that beautifully combines adventure with scenic beauty!

This Mendenhall Glacier Rafting tour starts with a narrated trip to the glacier. Once there, you will be geared up and placed in your rafts. You will glide over Mendenhall Lake, under the instruction of your guide, to the mouth of the Mendenhall River. You may choose to paddle the raft yourself or have your guide expertly steer you down the 5 mile stretch of river, even going through 1 mile of class 3 rapids! Once you reach the bank, you can enjoy an Alaska-style snack and are presented with you very own “I Shot The Mendenhall” commemorative pin before being transported back to your ship. Juneau whitewater rafting is the perfect mix of excitement and natural beauty, so don’t miss this one!


At about 3 ½ hours in total duration, this tour offers guests a chance to escape from the crowds, and get in touch with natural Alaska and its magnificent glacier features. The casual pace is conducive to taking pictures, chatting with fellow travelers and absorbing the compelling information from the local guides. Occasional wildlife sightings along the path of the river offer travelers the chance to see Alaska at its best. There’s something special about the connection that a motorless, self-propelled adventure can provide, bridging the gap between guests and nature and delivering that ‘Alaskan experience’ many are hoping to find.


If you prefer kayaking on flat water over Juneau whitewater rafting, you might consider the Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek.

3 ½ Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

5-Mile River Float

Along scenic Mendenhall River

Some Class 3 Whitewater

No rafting experience required

Food Provided

Alaskan-style snacks and beverages




Glacier View, Rafting


3 ½ hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

$110.00 (ages 3-12)

Minimum Age

There is no minimum age to join this tour as long as participants meet the minimum weight of 50 lbs., Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Guests 13-17 years old must have a signed parental consent to do this tour without a adult present.


All activity levels are welcome on this tour, as long as passengers are in good health. Must be able to load in and out of raft, and paddle for short distances.

Cancellation Policy

In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour., Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty., Including 'Flex Cancel' allows refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with 'Flex Cancel') are nonrefundable.

Customers' review

Rated 4.63 out of 5 stars
16 reviews

16 reviews for Mendenhall Glacier River Float Trip

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fantastic dayWas not sure what to expect but had a truly great day. Firstly the weather was perfect the scenery breathtaking and the guide was the best. Felt some intrepidation when the guide told us that today the rapids were category 3! But it was really good. The guide was very informative and entertaining.

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  2. 3 out of 5

    Glacier FloatOur tour guide raft guide David was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. However, the description and the actual tour did not seem to match up. I was under the impression that we would be a lot closer to the actual glacier. We sat in the paddle boat with the glacier in the far distance and never got any closer. This was disappointing however, we would recommend this trip if the weather is nice. We suffered through 3 hours of cold and rain at no fault to anyone in the tour group. We had missed our first bus so needed to attend a later tour which threw off our whole day. Thankfully our bus driver was wonderful and very informative. We did receive very little snacks at the end of the float since we were the last group. We did not, however, receive a pin that was stated in the tour description.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    AWESOME!!!Caroline was amazing! She was our guide and we couldn't have asked for better. the scenery was beautiful, and the overall experience was something we will be talking about for years to come. Highly recommended!

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Fun way to see the glacierOur guide was fun, the river was flowing nicely and we enjoyed working the paddles. They provided waterproof boots, pants & a life vest. Bring a pair of plastic bags to put your feet in before sliding them into the boots which were wet from prior use! Worth the money!

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Amazing tour!The scenery is breath-taking and the tour guides are very informative. We decided to do the paddle boat and it was so much fun to be involved. I would recommend this for anyone any age. Rapids are not bad at all. Only one little spot where its very exciting but the others were great as well!

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    Will we make it back to the ship in time? What if we don't?

    Answer: We've never left anyone behind and only schedule tours that work well with your cruise ship's itinerary. We leave plenty of cushion so you can confidently book your trips independently.

    Are there rapids on this tour?

    Answer: Yes, there is stretch of the river that has Class 3 rapids. Your guide is very experienced, so they will guide you through smoothly.

    What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

    Answer: It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time.If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.

    What should we wear and bring?

    Answer: This tour operates rain or shine, and rain is common as we lie in a temperate rainforest! For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a waterproof jacket. Some guests choose to bring a small bag or backpack along to store extra layers, a bottle of water and cameras.

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