The Native Alaskans that built their lives on the shores of Juneau depended on the coastal waterways and wetlands of the Mendenhall Valley. This Juneau kayak tour allows you to learn the history of the area and surround yourself with spectacular views as old as time.
Your journey begins as you drive through downtown Juneau, over the bridge, and out to Douglas Island. From the North end of the island, you will see incredible views of the Mendenhall Glacier, mountain ranges, and maybe catch a glimpse of the massive 1,500 square mile ice field if it's a clear day. Make sure to have your camera ready, because everywhere you turn is a scene you will want to capture!
After you've had a chance to look around and take in your surroundings, an experienced guide will outfit you with gear for the day. No experience is required for this excursion as you will learn the essential techniques of kayaking before you hit the water. Your guide will make sure you are safe and having fun throughout the entire trip. Each kayak seats two people so you can go with a friend or be paired with someone else on the tour for your epic ocean adventure!
As you paddle along, you will hear about the history of local Native and Russian fur trading, where you will get a feel for the life they once lived on these shores. You will quietly glide along, stealthily able to approach any wildlife in the area. In the ocean, you may spot harbor seals, sea lions, porpoise, and perhaps even a whale! From this distance, 6 miles from the Mendenhall Glacier, you will be able to see the true size of this river of ice as it carves its way through the mountain peaks.
As your kayak excursion comes to an end, you will return back to shore. The best way to end a day like this is to enjoy a nice Alaskan snack, chat about the memories you've made, and reminisce about the sights you saw. This Juneau kayak tour gives you the chance to experience the Alaskan ocean with a bit of physical fitness. Relax a bit and take in the view once more before heading back to town via bus.
Included: Snacks consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread, and water are included. You'll also receive a complimentary souvenir button at the end of the tour.
Please note: Minimum weight to participate is 40lbs, maximum weight is 275lbs but is dependent on waist size. Guests over 6'3" will not be able to use the rudder pedals to steer the kayak, they'll have to use their oar instead.
Duration: 3.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
- Roundtrip transportation
- Rain jackets, rain pants, boots and life jackets
- Snack consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread and water
- Complimentary souvenir button
- T-shirts and hats are available for purchase at the conclusion of the tour
- Minimum weight is 40lbs to fit into the required lifejacket. Maximum weight is approximately 275lbs but is dependent on waist size to be comfortable in the kayak cockpit.
- Moderate physical activity is required. This tour is not recommended for guests with back problems or limited upper body strength. In addition to paddling, guests need to be able to walk to the departure point; climb in and out of the kayaks.
- Guests over 6’3” will not be able to use the rudder pedals to steer the kayak, they will have to use their oar instead.
Duration: 3.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 50 minutes roundtrip narrated transfer to North Douglas Island
- 20 minutes outfitting, risk acknowledgement, split into groups of ability levels, instruction and equipment orientation
- 1.75 hours guided paddle excursion with interpretation of flora, fauna and natural history
- 15 minutes Turn in rain gear, life jackets & boots, snack and receive souvenir
- This tour meets in front of the Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.
Are the kayaks single or double?
The kayaks are all double kayaks, no single kayaks are available.
Do we need prior kayaking experience?
No experience is necessary to participate on this tour.
How close will I get to the glacier?
This is a sea kayaking adventure with a Glacier view. You will be approximately 6 miles away from the Glacier.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Bald eagles and their nests, herons, shorebirds and waterfowl are all common sights. Porpoises and even humpback whales occasionally surface for air, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.
Can I bring a backpack?
Yes, all bags and other belongings you don’t want in the kayak will be locked up in a vehicle onshore.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.
Are food and drink included?
Yes, a snack consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread and water is provided.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Minimum weight is 40lbs and maximum weight is 275lbs; Guests over 6’3” will not be able to use the rudder pedals to steer the kayak, they will have to use their oar instead.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Weather depending, you are encouraged to wear gloves, light layers and an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet in the boots.
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Jun 2019 - Russell S.
Saw a few seals, lots of eagles
Jun 2019 - Julianna C.
Beautiful, got to see orcas and bald eagle
Jun 2019 - JOSE M.
Incredible staff... friendly and very helpful.. 1st class kayaking. A must do with this outfit.
Jun 2019 - Holly M.
I love kayaking and was super excited to do this. I am disappointed that we didn't kayak more of a distance. We stayed relatively close to shore. Also, the guide, who was great, stopped often to talk. I would have rather of just kayaked around more. It was not worth the money spent.
Jun 2019 - Billie B.
The weather was perfect, or bus driver fun and informative but our guide in the kayaks was perfect. His sense of humor and knowledge of his home and passion was what made this a 5 star adventure. All the while keeping safety in the forefront. Thanks Landon!
Jun 2019 - Patty B.
Great tour! Our guide, Ben, was the best!
Jun 2019 - PEARL D.
It's super short, extremely far away from the glacier, and you don't even leave sight of the launch point. Very disappointing. The guide was great, however. I would recommend the "lake view" kayak excursion instead since I hear that one gets you closer to the glacier - but beware of the possibility of cancellation. Apparently there can be weather issues with that tour.
Aug 2018 - Carmen J.
Very fun and one of a kind experience. Fun group, beautiful scenery and a memorable experience. We played "catch" with a seal who had fun popping up and leading us around with a salmon in his mouth. What an experience!
Jul 2018 - Warren W.
Fun time on the water, tour guide was very helpful
Jun 2018 - Ruby F.
Overall great experience!
Sep 2017 - Ann H.
This was wonderful! I loved the peace I felt. The Team/Crew was great, from the bus ride out/back, to the crew that outfitted us, to the Kayak guide - it was ALL wonderful!
Jul 2017 - Emily U.
Our excursion had beautiful weather, so the tour was lovely. Kevin was our guide and he was kind enough to take our picture and send it to us with other pictures from the trip. We had an awesome time with about 1.5 hours on the water in front of Mendenhall Glacier. We were very close to Bald Eagles and other native Alaska Birds.
Jul 2017 - Lisa H.
Enjoyed the day and the sunshine we were blessed with that afternoon.
Jun 2017 - Andrew L.
Definitely an arm workout! However, there's something so calming about being on the waters near the Mendenhall glacier and feeling a light breeze across your face. There's plenty of bald eagles to see and we even spotted a seal spying on us! Our guide, Megyn, was very patient and instructive with us - perfect for first-time kayakers like us. We managed to capture some beautiful pictures during our time on the water which we will treasure forever.
Aug 2016 - Michaline Y.
This was a great tour. Three of us had the guide to ourselves. He got us close to shore where we viewed some huge bald eagles on the ground. Guide was knowledgeable and congenial. Good experience.