Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour

Juneau, USA
Mendenhall Lake Kayak Adventure
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Hit the Alaskan waters on this 3.5-hour Mendenhall Lake kayak tour in Tongass National Forest. Journey across the lake in a kayak with group members in your same expertise level. Maneuver around glaciers as you take in stunning sights of the lake’s natural beauty, and catch sight of wildlife as you go. Paddle by Nugget Falls and the 3,000-year-old Mendenhall Glacier.
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Small-group tour
  • Family friendly
  • Free snacks included

What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Transportation
  • Full rain gear included (pants/jacket/boots)
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Permits
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Mount Roberts Tramway
    490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

    JUNEAU MEETING PLACE: On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram. When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Gloves and an extra pair of socks are recommended
  • Minimum weight: 40lbs
  • Maximum weight: Subject to waist size required to fit in the kayak cockpit. Cockpits are 16.5" X 10"
  • Guests taller than 6' 3" will not be able to steer with foot pedals and will have to steer with the oar instead. Guests can still participate, it is just a guideline to take note of.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate without a parent or guardian.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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41 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Douglas_L, Aug 2023
Mikaly and crew did a wonderful job! Seeing the glacier and learning about its history was facinating. Thanks to all!
Enjoyable time at glacier lake and Mendenhall glacier
Tyisha_W, Jul 2023
I went on this trip with my 15-year-old son. We had an enjoyable time. Courtney and Makaylee were so helpful, pleasant, and kind. It was a rainy day in Juneau, and they got us all set up with the gear and a quick demonstration. We did see one bald eagle. We got close as we were permited to see the glacier and the waterfall. It was a great experience that I would recommend. We did not see any animals except the 1 bald eagle and plenty of sea gulls.
Took my money, canceled my trip, ruined my holiday and no refund!
Leigh_M, Jun 2023
Kayaking to the glacier had been the motivation behind traveling to Alaska. The day of the trip was beautiful and sunny, with no wind or clouds. The trip was due to start at 1:30. At 1:45 we were told that due to the warm water, there were down winds from the glacier which presented a tipping risk, and the trip was canceled. Only 3 people (inc. us 2) turned up for the tour - thus only 3 were registered. We were advised so late all the other tours were sold out so we did not get the experience of a life time we had dreamed of and paid for. Later that day I discovered other trips who had kayaked to the glacier and there were not down drafts or tipping hazards, in fact, they said the conditions could not have been more perfect. Viator canceled this because they didn't have enough people to bother. We were told we would be refunded immediately, and it was not a cheap trip - Now, nearly a week has passed and no refund has been issued.
Very disappointing. Faulty equipment and inferior management!
Patricia_R, Jul 2019
What we thought would be a great adventure turned sour as the rear seat and one peddle in the kayak were broken and my husband, not having any support, could not properly sit up to row. I was in front having difficulty without his help thus ruining our experience The guide instructed her assistant to remove the kayak from inventory once we returned but didn't offer an apology nor compensation.
Robin_C, Jun 2019
The trip was cancelled due to weather (wind) at the last minute although I heard from people later that other companies did run kayaks but stayed away from the glacier. Since it was my one chance to see the glacier it was disappointing that they did not offer some alternative
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Barbara_G, Aug 2018
Exciting and challenging trip. Make sure the more experienced kayaker sits in the rear and controls the rudder. My husband and I usually take separate kayaks, but this time we weren't able to do so and met with some challenges going in a double. Thank you too Scott and Sequoia for making this a very pleasant trip. The face of the glacier is quite a distance from embarcation and the waterfall is even further. Be prepared to paddle at least 6 to 8 Miles if not more. Be prepared for very frigid water. Wear the boots and the overalls they give you and remember to bring biking or exercise gloves to help with the paddling. Bring an extra pair of socks for use after the trip. The entire trip was very organized and fun.
I went to this tour on my own while...
Kimberly G, Sep 2016
I went to this tour on my own while the rest of my family went on another excursion. I felt very comfortable right away with the group and all the people who worked with our group. Our guide was very good and knowledgeable about the area and the history. Sights were beautiful.
Beautiful surroundings. The glacier...
Stuart_F, Sep 2016
Beautiful surroundings. The glacier and icebergs were magnificent. No animals or birds seen. Guide offered little or no explanation. I had been told before booking we could walk by the waterfall this was not permitted. Less than 2 hours on the water, guide in a hurry to get everyone back. Very expensive for what it was. Snack-- some dip and a few crackers. Simply not worth the 179 per person.
Fantastic experience led by a...
Harold H, Jul 2016
Fantastic experience led by a fantastic guide - Rachel - I would do it again in a heartbeat. Up close view of the glacier and the waterfall, in the glacial lake it's an experience that we will never forget. My wife and I were in a tandem kayak which made several mile paddle trip all that much easier.

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-You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

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