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Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip

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Excursion Overview

Enjoy the Mendenhall Glacier from a different view on this exhilarating float tour down Juneau's Mendenhall River!

This trip has a lot to offer as you weave your way through the forest, look out for wildlife, and enjoy the beautiful Alaska scenery.

First, you will board a bus right in downtown Juneau, for an informative trip through the Mendenhall Valley. Your driver will entertain you all the way up to the shores of Mendenhall Lake where your raft awaits you. Here you will be outfitted in all the necessary gear to keep you safe and dry while meeting your guides who will row you down the river!

The lake is speckled with icebergs that have calved from the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, which stands at 150 feet high and spans 1.5 miles across. You will glide through the lake before starting downstream on your 6-mile route. At times, you will wander and wind in a lazy fashion, enjoying all of the scenery around you. Other times, you will experience the thrill of Class I and II whitewater rapids. Don't worry, this tour is safe for beginners and those of all ages! Don't miss the photographer waiting on shore to snap your pictures.

Before reaching the end of your journey, the river will level out and give you another chance to relax. Your guides will tell you all about the history of the Mendenhall Glacier, river, and city of Juneau. Keep your eye open for wildlife that lies just beyond the trees as you might even catch a glimpse of bald eagles, otters, seals, or even a black bear!

At your haul-out point, our friendly staff will make sure to get you safely back on dry land. Then it's time to bask in the shade of the 7,000-foot mountains that tower above you and grab a snack! Available for purchase are your action shot photographs and a cup of "Martha's Mendenhall Madness" to celebrate accomplishing your adventure and conquering the river.

This tour operation is under permit with the Tongass National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Life jackets, rain jackets, rain pants, boots
  • Snacks (Water and apple cider, crackers, smoked salmon spread, cheese, and veggie sticks)
  • Beer, Martha’s Mendenhall Madness Punch, and soda are available for purchase at the end of the trip
  • Souvenir “I Shot the Mendenhall” pin
  • Photos, t-shirts, and hats available for purchase


  • The minimum weight is 50 lbs to fit into the required lifejacket
  • The maximum weight is 275 lbs to fit into the required lifejacket
  • Low to moderate physical activity is required. This tour is not recommended for guests with back problems

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

  • 50 minutes - roundtrip narrated transfer to Mendenhall Lake
  • 20 minutes - outfitting, orientation, risk acknowledgment, divide into groups, board raft
  • 1.75 hours - narrated float tour across Mendenhall Lake and down Mendenhall River
  • 15 minutes - guest take out point, turn in gear, enjoy the snack

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

Each raft can hold a maximum of 10 passengers.

It is up to you! We offer 2 raft options, an oar raft, where the guide does the work, and a paddle raft (when available), where you paddle along with the guide.

The trip lives up to its name. It is truly a float trip with just enough rapids to make it exciting. If you want a wilder ride, be sure to request a paddle raft.

You will be on Glacier Lake so you will have a view from approx. 1.5 miles away.

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.

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

Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.

Yes, a snack and beverages consisting of Reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread, water, and hot apple cider are provided.

The minimum weight is 50 lbs.

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


76 total


Frances O

On Sep 2023

This was an awesome excursion! Jason was our guide and did such an amazing job of entertaining us and educating us about the glacier, wildlife we saw and the river. Absolutely beautiful and would highly recommend!Ask for Jason by name

Mary C

On Sep 2023

We loved our trip! Trent was an awesome guide. We're glad we stepped out of our comfort zone and tried this. Can't wait to go rafting again!

Michael G

On Aug 2023

Jason was our guide and he was great! He was knowledgeable and friendly. He was patient as we had a young girl in our raft. She was nervous, but he made her feel comfortable. He let her row a little bit as well because he made her feel comfortable. Jason is a great guy!

Krista W

On Aug 2023

Gentry was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable as well as friendly. Would definitely recommend this excursion to others as well.

Jennifer W

On Aug 2023

Well organized, knowledgeable guides and absolutely gorgeous natural surroundings. Loved everything about it.


Best Price Guarantee!


Duration: 3.5 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 3.5 hours

Adult (13+): $199.00

Must be 50 lbs or More

Child (12 and under): $149.00

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