Be one of the lucky few to behold the natural splendor of Alaska while canoeing across serene Mendenhall Lake. Navigate past icebergs and spot wildlife, venturing within safe distance of the awe-inspiring face of Mendenhall Glacier and beautiful Nugget Falls. Paddle an exceptionally stable, 28-foot, traditional Tlingit-style canoe, with all modern safety gear supplied, including raingear, boots, lifejackets, instruction and equipment orientation. Partner up according to ability, then set out to explore the richness of wildlife and dramatic scenery around Juneau’s resident glacier. In your canoe, skirt the base of the powerful Nugget Falls, a memorable, breathtaking thrill ride, and get as close to the Mendenhall Glacier as most people ever get without using a helicopter. While on the beach near the falls, refuel for the return paddle with crackers and smoked salmon spread, a traditional Alaskan-style snack.
Due to the close approach to the glacier face, the Forest Service tightly controls the number of participants. Make sure you’re one of the few to experience this one-of-a-kind adventure.
• Mendenhall Lake: Navigate your canoe past crusty icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife.
• Mendenhall Glacier: Venture within a safe distance of the massive, awe-inspiring glacier and absorb the beauty of nearby Nugget Falls.
• Alaskan Snack: Take a break on the beach for crackers and smoked salmon spread, traditional fuel on the Last Frontier.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash/credit cards
• Gloves and an extra pair of socks
What to Wear:
• Layered clothing
• Hat and sunglasses
• Comfortable shoes
• Guests must be able to walk short distances on paved surfaces and rocky beach terrain.
• Guests must be able to paddle for approximately two hours and climb in and out of canoe with minimum assistance.
• Pregnant women and guests with back/neck problems should not select this tour.
• Guests must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate.
• Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour — particularly tours categorized as "strenuous".
• Guests who have concerns must consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.
• Guests must sign a waiver to participate.
• Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• Children 13 to 17 years must have a signed parental consent form to participate if a parent or guardian is not present.