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Juneau Mendenhall Lake Kayak & Salmon Bake

4.5
2 reviews

Excursion Overview

Two hours of kayaking on Mendenhall Lake followed by an Alaskan salmon bake!

Travel by kayak with your knowledgeable guide to visit the Mendenhall Glacier just outside downtown Juneau. Leading a small group of kayakers, your guide is ready to share and teach you about the glacier and surrounding area. Breathtaking nature surrounds you and native wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska, so keep your eyes open and head on a swivel!

The kayaks are stable, two-person kayaks and guests are outfitted with raingear and life jackets. Prior kayaking experience is not required however, moderate to good physical health is recommended as guests must paddle for approximately 2 hours and climb in/out of the kayak with limited assistance.

Paddle the lake for two hours and build up an appetite for the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Local musicians and a festive mood set the scene for this Alaskan tradition.

Gold Creek Salmon Bake

The traditional Alaskan feast features Alaskan-caught wild salmon, Bonanza barbequed ribs, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, Alyeska au gratin potatoes and a robust selection of other sides, salads and beverages. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Bring on the blueberry cake for dessert!

Things You Need to Know

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Raingear and life jackets
  • An all-you-can-eat feast featuring Alaskan-caught wild salmon, Bonanza barbequed ribs, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, Alyeska au gratin potatoes and a robust selection of other sides, salads and beverages. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Blueberry cake for dessert

Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Guests must paddle for approximately 2 hours and climb in/out of the kayak with limited assistance.

Duration: 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
  • 2 hours - Guided paddle excursion with interpretation of flora, fauna, and natural history
  • 30 minutes - de-gear and transportation to the salmon bake
  • 1 hour - at Gold Creek salmon bake (you can leave at your leisure on one of our shuttles running every 15~20 minutes)
  • 30 minutes - transportation back to downtown Juneau

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. Moderate to good physical health is recommended as guests must paddle for approximately 2 hours and climb in/out of the kayak with limited assistance.

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

-Full Menu-
Clam Chowder (served upon arrival)
Coleslaw
Salmon Caesar Salad
Beet Salad
Pickles and Olives
Baked Beans with Reindeer Sausage
Au Gratin Potatoes
Pasta Salad
Corn Bread
Blueberry Cake
Alder Smoked Sockeye Salmon
BBQ Ribs
Roasted Marshmallows
Water, Lemonade, Coffee, Tea, Apple Cider
Beer, Wine, & Soda (for purchase)

Gluten Free Items:
Clam Chowder
Cole Slaw
Salmon Caesar Salad
Beet Salad
Pickles and Olives
Baked Beans with Reindeer Sausage
Steamed White Rice*
Au Gratin Potatoes
Alder Smoked Salmon
Roasted Marshmallows

Vegetarian Items:
Cole Slaw
Caesar Salad*
Beet Salad
Pickles and Olives
Baked Beans*
Steamed White Rice*
Corn Bread
Blueberry Cake

Please note that anything with an asterisk needs to be requested at least 72 hours in advance in order to ensure it's available. If you would like to request any of these items, please leave us a comment at checkout.

Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Outside food and drink are not allowed during this tour.

The minimum weight is 40 lbs and the maximum weight is 275 lbs. While no prior kayaking experience is required, moderate to good physical health is recommended as guests must paddle for approximately 2 hours and climb in/out of the kayak with limited assistance.

Participants should be prepared for inclement weather and dress in warm layers. Raingear is provided; however, guests are encouraged to bring their own to ensure maximum comfort while on tour. Guests are encouraged to wear gloves, light layers, and an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet in the boots.

 

Guest Reviews

4.5

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Jay G

On Jul 2024

Very cool experience! Most of the Kayaking is to cross the lake and back leaving a short window of glacier viewing (hence 4, not 5 stars). It's a beautiful environment and setting, however, we had different expectations about the time we would spend appreciating Mendenhall glacier. After a workout on the lake, the salmon bake was a good way to satisfy the appetite and offered a fun and relaxing environment.

Collin T

On May 2024

It was a great time! Would love to do it again!

$309.00

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Duration: 5 hours

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Adult (13+): $309.00

Must Be 40lbs or More

Child (4-12): $229.00

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