Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure

Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure

Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure

Be among the select few under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit to travel by canoe for an unprecedented experience near the face of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier! Paddle 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.

Then, venture within a safe distance 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, as well! You can even refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare for your return.

You will make the trip in a traditional Tlingit-syle 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 - Be sure to secure your space now!

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Hours: 3.5

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  • Round-trip transportation
  • Quality raingear
  • Overboots
  • Life jackets
  • Reindeer sausage, salmon spread and crackers
  • Hot beverage (on cold days) and water


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 between the ages of 13 through 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. This tour operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the US Forest Service. You will spend about one hour on the canoe trip across Mendenhall Lake, stop ashore for a snack near Nugget Falls and then paddle back across the lake for about 50 minutes. Some final notes: bring your vouchers and dress comfortably for the weather (if your tour is on the water it will be about 10 degrees cooler). Camera and binoculars are suggested for land-based tours. However, while on tours involving rafts, canoes and kayaks, we suggest you bring disposable cameras.

Departure Location

At the cruise ship pier. The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.

Redemption and Voucher Details

  1. After you complete your booking, your credit card will be charged and our expert Shore Excursion Concierge agents will 'hand'-review your shore excursion selections against your cruise itinerary to confirm compatibility. Your credit card statement will list the merchant for the charges as Port Promo Cruise Tours.
  2. You will receive an email within 72 hours of booking from which confirms your booking and contains the vouchers required for your shore excursions. Please print these vouchers and bring them with you on your cruise. You will be required to turn the voucher(s) in to the corresponding shore excursion supplier(s). The vouchers feature information regarding how to meet up with the tour leader upon arrival to a port and other important details.
  3. Your tour is completely refundable if your ship is unable to get into port or due to weather cancellations. See our terms and conditions for complete details.
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