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Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Mendenhall Glacier Kayak
  • Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Mendenhall Glacier Kayak
  • Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Mendenhall Glacier Kayak
  • Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Mendenhall Glacier Kayak
  • Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Mendenhall Glacier Kayak
  • Mendenhall Glacier Kayak


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Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure

Sku: TT100

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7 Days/Week: 9-5pm (Alaska Time)

No visit to Juneau is complete without experiencing the grandeur of the Mendenhall Glacier, a 13.6-mile-long river of ice that lies just 12 miles out of town in a magnificent wilderness setting of snow-capped mountains, rushing waterfalls, pristine forests, and the tranquil waters of Mendenhall Lake. The Mendenhall Glacier Kayak tour takes you out onto the glassy waters of the lake, where you’ll enjoy three hours of scenic splendor while gliding past glowing blue icebergs, drifting up close to the looming face of the glacier, and spotting an amazing range of wildlife, including nesting gulls and arctic terns, mountain goats, black bears, porcupines, river otters, beavers, and bald eagles. Few tours in Juneau Alaska are as stunning as this one! Permits for guided trips on Mendenhall Lake were allowed for the first time in 2016, so you could be among the first people in the world to experience this awe-inspiring Alaskan adventure!

Convenient pick-up from the Mount Roberts tram near the cruise docks is included in the tour price, as is transport to the kayak base at Auke Harbor, where you’ll be fitted with gear and equipment. Your small group and guide will then be transferred to the kayak launch station on the west side of Mendenhall Lake. You’ll receive an in-depth safety orientation before launching your two-person kayak for a 5 ½-mile loop around the lake, where you’ll take in views of the towering Tongass National Forest, the grand peaks of the Coastal Mountain range, Nugget Falls, and, of course, the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier itself. The Mendenhall Glacier Kayak tour is a family-friendly shore excursion suitable for all levels, with no previous kayaking experience required. One of the most exclusive tours in Juneau Alaska, this excursion is sure to be a highlight of your Alaskan adventure!


If you’re looking to explore atop the glacier itself, you might consider the stunning Mendenhall Glacier Trek.

3 ½ Hour Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

First-timers welcome!

No previous kayak experience necessary

Small Group Setting

Small guide to customer ratio

An Exclusive Experience

Not available through all cruise lines




Glacier View, Paddle Adventure


3 ½ hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

$154 (ages 5-12)

Minimum Age

Children must weigh at least 40lbs to participate.


The kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of 52 inches (132cm). Maximum weight limits including gear are 300lbs (136kg) for single kayaks and 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks., Must be fit enough to paddle for 6 miles and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 3 hours., People taller than 6’2″ (198cm) have a hard time operating the rudder because the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance., However, people as tall as 6’6″ have been able to paddle in our kayaks.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are nonrefundable., Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty., 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.

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      Will the trip still operate if it is raining?

      Answer: Because much of SE Alaska is a rainforest, these trips do operate rain or shine. Rain jackets and pants are provided on this trip. If weather conditions are unsafe, the trip will be canceled and we will provide a full refund. This can happen on kayaking trips from time to time and will be typically related to sea or lake conditions, not rain.

      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 about restroom facilities along the way?

      Answer: You'll have a chance at the kayak base to use the restroom, but after that we will be entering the great outdoors. We recommend all guests follow 'Leave No Trace Principles' and should the need arise, we request packing all trash from the trip including toilet paper. If this is of concern for you, we recommend bringing toilet paper and a ziploc bag for easy packing.

      How many guests are on this tour?

      Answer: There can be up to 8 passengers on this trip, and there is a minimum of 2 guests for the trip to operate. With advanced notice, we can accommodate larger groups on private tours.

      Do I need previous kayaking experience?

      Answer: Previous kayaking experience is not required with this trip as long as all participants meet the minimum physical requirements of the tour.

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