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Our most recommended Alaska Canoe & kayak tours

Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

1. Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

Meet your guide at the cruise ship docks to start off this adventure. Hop in the van and listen to live commentary while driving through Juneau into the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States.  Once at the lake you'll have a meet and greet with the second guide who helps you put on the gear. You receive a rain jacket, rain pants, and rain boots. Along with everything needed to stay safe, including but not limited to paddling gloves, life jackets, helmets, trekking poles, and dry bags.  Your guides go over safety and paddling instructions before stepping into the canoe. This journey across the lake is a team effort, so it is not necessary to have paddling experience.  Mendenhall Lake is a glacier-fed lake that is surrounded by mountains and the famous Nugget Falls. The wind coming off the Mendenhall Glacier will officially welcome you to the Alaska wilderness.  Once the canoe is docked on the beach, there's time for a quick break before starting the hike to the glacier. During the hike, you can learn about the history of the area and listen to all the information your guides can share. Enjoy quiet moments to soak in the calmness of Alaska.  Once arriving on the rocky shore next to the glacier, follow your guides on an exploration trek around the rocky moraine to view the glacier up close.  The professional guides are in the wild every day and thrive on showing off what nature has to offer. One of the most unique aspects of the trip is that the glacial environment is in a constant state of movement and change, meaning no one tour is the same as the next. After your hike back to the canoes, be sure to soak in your last moments with the Mendenhall Glacier as the group paddles back to the shore.  Once arrived your guides will provide a hot beverage while you take off the gear. After a short drive back to the cruise ships, you will walk away with memories of Alaska that you will never forget.

Juneau: Mendenhall Lake Canoe Tour

2. Juneau: Mendenhall Lake Canoe Tour

Come face to face with the famous Mendenhall Glacier on this once in a lifetime Alaskan adventure. Meet your guide at the Mt.Robert's Tram building near the cruise pier. Your guide will take you on a scenic tour by minivan to the Tongass National Forest where you can gaze upon the stunning Mendenhall Glacier. This small group canoe tour takes you past icebergs, waterfalls, and steep cliffs once carved by ice. Paddle up close to the face of this 3,000-year-old glacier, 13 miles long of ice, half a mile wide and up to 1,800 feet deep. This is Alaska's most visited glacier! The paddle time is around two hours from start to finish, providing plenty of time to take advantage of capturing the memory through scenic photos. You will be equipped with top quality gear including rain pants, rain jackets, waterproof boots, and everything else you will need to ensure your comfort and safety. You'll get a dry bag filled with bottled water and snacks, to be used to store personal belongings while canoeing. Please note this is canoe tour only and does not include hiking on a glacier. Throughout the day you are offered snacks and beverages.

Moose Pass: Kayak Rental on Glacial Trail Lake

3. Moose Pass: Kayak Rental on Glacial Trail Lake

Discover Moose Pass's pristine glacial Trail Lake at your own pace in a rented kayak. Take in the majestic mountain views around you and feel like a local as you paddle across the lake on your own. Meet in the heart of Moose Pass, just 30 minutes outside of Seward. After receiving your gear and a safety briefing, begin your solo kayak exploration of Trail Lake. Feel the cool breeze on your skin and the splash of cold water as you glide over the lake's mirror-like surface. Explore this glacially fed lake at your own pace while taking in the incredible views of the Chugach Mountains. Soak up the surrounding nature from a unique perspective, immersed in the landscape. Return to the dock to turn in your kayak and gear at the end of your rental time, and leave feeling more in tune with your surroundings than ever.

Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Lake Canoe Day Trip and Hike

4. Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Lake Canoe Day Trip and Hike

See for yourself while this tour is one of the most popular adventure trips to the world-renowned Mendenhall Glacier. Paddle across the Mendenhall Glacier Lake and uncover an array of natural features on the edge of the receding Mendenhall Glacier on a guided hike.  Enjoy pickup and drop-off from a meeting point in downtown Juneau or from major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley. Hop aboard a comfortable and climate-controlled van for the transfer to the starting point of your canoe trip.  Begins on the shore of the Mendenhall Glacier Lake with paddle instructions from your guide. Load your gear into the large canoes and paddle together across the cool waters along the Mendenhall. Glide past Arctic Tern nesting grounds and observe the mist generated by Nugget Falls. Travel in 8-person or 12-person canoes skippered by 1 to 2 guides. As you approach the glacier, keep your eyes open for freshly calved icebergs and feel the cool breeze generated by the ice. navigate to the beach and land the canoe. Stop along the way to refuel with a hearty and tasty snack pack. After landing by the glacier, follow your guide across the rocky landscape. See crevasses filled with a deep blue color and an icefall at the toe of the glacier. Due to the glacier's state of constant change, not all features may be present or accessible, making each hike a unique experience.  Return to the canoes and enjoy paddling back with the wind at your back. Arrive on the shore, de-gear, and transfer back to downtown Juneau or your hotel in the Mendenhall Valley.

Juneau: Channel Islands Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

5. Juneau: Channel Islands Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

Travel by van from Juneau to a motorboat and cruise along the Inside Passage to the richest humpback whale feeding ground in Alaska at the Channel Islands State Marine Park. Paddle through the park with with a kayaking guide using high-quality gear. Meet your guide in Juneau or be picked up at your hotel in the Mendenhall Valley and board a climate-controlled van for the transfer to the 6-passenger motorboat. Embark on a thrilling journey in the Inside Passage to before arriving at the Channel Islands State Marine Park.  Land on a remote beach where your guide will introduce you to your kayaks and provide you with a basic kayaking tutorial which makes this tour suitable for beginners. Tuck into a hearty snack before taking off on your adventure. Glide across the sea in double kayaks on a quest for a more intimate wildlife viewing opportunity, as snow-capped peaks and flowing glaciers dominate the distant Southeastern Alaskan landscape. Search for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoises, an array of bird species, and seals. The Channel Islands are a fantastic habitat for spotting multitudes of marine life. Your kayak guide and boat captain will help you spot wildlife while sharing their local knowledge of the area. 

Moose Pass: Kayaking Tour on Glacial Trail Lake

6. Moose Pass: Kayaking Tour on Glacial Trail Lake

Explore Alaska's majestic nature by kayak along the shores of the glacially-fed Trail Lake in Moose Pass. Watch this small Alaskan town’s history come to life and hear the stories of local legends like Alaska Nellie, Gold Miner Joe, and Mad Sally (the cantankerous cat). After meeting your guide, cruise along the lake in a kayak and gaze upon the passengers of the historic Alaska Railway. Take the opportunity to wave as they rumble on past, something they seem to get an absolute thrill out of every time. Next, get a unique view of the famed, Iditarod Trail and its surrounding peaks while breathing in the fresh air of this lush, natural setting. To finish things off, learn how a stubborn moose seems to have been at fault for the name of this friendly mountain town in the heart of the Chugach Mountains.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Bryce and Kelsey were incredible guides. They really engaged our 12 and 16 year old daughters early on and hooked in their attention for the day of adventure! People with teens know exactly how important this is! We canoed, we hiked, we learned, we stopped for photos. We explored and had an amazing up close adventure at the Glacier and Nugget Falls. I am amazed at how much knowledge the guides remembered and shared. It was really one of the most incredible and memorable days for our family. Thank you so much for everything you did to keep everyone warm and comfortable while also having a lot of fun!

My husband and I had the most amazing and wonderful time. The guides (Paul and Kels) were incredible and very knowledgeable. They made the experience unforgettable by taking us all other the glacier, answering our questions and taking the time to capture as many pictures as we wanted. We even got to see a bear!! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the tour and the guides. I will definitely book again.

It was one of my favorite adventures I’ve ever done! Canoeing across Mendenhall Lake was so exciting! We saw a Seal swimming. Beautiful scenery all around and floating icebergs! The hike to get to the glacier was a great! The guides Kelsie and Kelby were the best! Touching the actual glacier ice was awesome!

An unforgettable experience in a wonderful place, the guides always attentive and taking great care of safety, we had an incredible time!

The guide was excellent. Answered all the questions and never pressure by the time