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Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure

6 reviews

Excursion Overview

Don't miss the chance to be one of the lucky adventurers to kayak at Mendenhall Lake

Experience the majestic Mendenhall Glacier up close under a very limited U.S. Forest Service permit.

Once you arrive at Mendenhall Lake, your experienced and friendly guide will help you with life jackets and rain gear before teaching you some kayaking techniques. When you are all geared up, you will board the two-person kayaks with either your traveling companion or a new friend and set off on your breathtaking Alaskan adventure.

Paddle across Mendenhall Lake in your stable kayak, navigating the iceberg-studded pristine water that is truly one of the jewels of the Tongass National Forest. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the amazing nature surrounding you, pointing out native wildlife and fascinating you with the history and ecology of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier. Venture within a safe distance of the massive, awe-inspiring face of the glacier and skirt the base of the beautiful and powerful Nugget Falls. After capturing the beauty of nature and this extraordinary glacier with your eyes and camera, you will paddle back across the lake and refuel with a snack of Alaskan-style fare and reminisce about the experience that is sure to be a highlight of your Alaska vacation.

Are you new to kayaking? You don't have to worry at all! Your experienced guide will group you into like abilities so that you can travel at a comfortable pace while ensuring that your adventure is safe and enjoyable.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Raingear and life jackets
  • A 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


  • The minimum weight is 40 lbs to fit into the required life jacket. The maximum weight is approximately 275 lbs, dependent on waist size to be comfortable in the kayak cockpit. The cockpit is 35” front-to-back x 17” hip-to-hip.
  • Moderate to good 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 climb in and out of the kayak with limited assistance.

Duration: 3.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 30 minutes - narrated transfer to Mendenhall Lake
  • 15 minutes - outfitting, risk acknowledgment, split into groups of ability levels, equipment orientation, and restroom break
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes - Guided paddle excursion with interpretation of flora, fauna, and natural history
  • 30 minutes - turn in gear, enjoy a snack, and receive a souvenir
  • 30 minutes - transfer back to the ship

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets in front of the Goldbelt 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.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

The kayaks are all double kayaks, no single kayaks are available.

No experience is necessary to participate in this tour.

Yes, all bags and other belongings you don’t want in the kayak will be locked up in a vehicle onshore.

Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.

Yes, a snack consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread, and water is provided.

The minimum weight is 40 lbs and the maximum weight is 275 lbs. Moderate to good physical activity is required.

Weather depending, you are encouraged to wear gloves, light layers, and an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet in the boots.


Guest Reviews


6 total


Debra C

On Oct 2023

We loved the kayaking trip to the Mendenhall glacier! Our guide was knowledgeable and super friendly.

Theresa S

On Sep 2023

What a beautiful day! We had the best time kayaking Mendenhall Lake. Our guide, Makaylee was excellent. She had a great pace, kept the group together, and told fun stories. Our shuttle driver Allison was also great. She got us to and from the lake safely while keeping us informed and entertained. Would 10/10 do it again!

Randi N

On Jul 2023

Beautiful area. Only wish the guides would have provided some knowledge about the area including the glacier, lake creation, native people. The kayak experience consisted of getting in the kayak, getting a little closer than the people using the free trail from the visitor center and returning to the drop in point. The area is beautiful but for the price would have liked more.

Shirissa W

On Sep 2022

Breathtaking!! A once in a lifetime experience.


On Sep 2022

Seeing the glacier up close, especially in a canoe, was breathtaking. Kelby was a fantastic guide, he made us feel safe and confident in an exciting trip across a beautiful lake. He kept us entertained with his jokes and was a wealth of knowledge.


Best Price Guarantee!


Duration: 3.5 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 3.5 hours

Age: 13+

Adult: $269.00

Must be 40lbs or More

Child (12 and Under): $209.00

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