Mendenhall River Rafting

Mendenhall River Rafting

Mendenhall River Rafting

Hold on for a safe but exhilarating river-running experience! Put in at the lake at the foot of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, and be carried away by the river and views of towering mountains, forests and wildlife. There's a lot of everything in this trip!

Begin with a scenic tour up the Mendenhall Valley. On the shores of Mendenhall Lake, don protective raingear and life jackets, and board your raft. Each holds up to twelve, and is rowed by an experienced guide. Or, if you're looking for a hands-on experience, join a paddle-raft team.

Glide across the iceberg-studded lake, marveling at the 150-foot-high, 1.5-mile-wide glacier face, and set course downstream. The six-mile route combines meandering stretches with Class II and III whitewater. The rapids are perfectly safe, just exciting enough for beginners, and appropriate for all ages. A treat for experienced rafters, too! Encounter river features such as Iatola Hola, Tourist Trap, Moon Flats and Pin Ball Alley. Watch for the photographer on shore who snaps your picture, capturing the thrill of your adventure.

Where the river levels out, soak in the views of the riverbank, lush forests, and 7,000-foot mountains above the valley floor. Learn about the natural history of the river. You’re likely to see bald eagles, birds nesting in rocky cliffs, black bears, otters and seals, and salmon during spawning season.

At the haul-out, celebrate with an Alaskan-style snack and toast your adventure with a cup of 'Martha's Mendenhall Madness'. You can also purchase an action photo of yourself as a lasting memento of a trip you'll never forget.


  • Transportation
  • An experienced guide
  • A light snack
  • All outfitting equipment
  • Souvenir pin


Suitable for all ages and no prior experience necessary, just good health and an adventurous spirit. For those wishing a higher activity level, we offer paddle-rafting adventures. 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. Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian. This tour operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service.

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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