- 3.5-hour river-rafting shore excursion from Juneau
- Raft through Class II and II rapids while you take in the unbelievable scenery
- No prior experience required and all ages are welcome
- Keep an eye out for abundant wildlife, like bald eagles, seals, otters and bears
- Alaskan-style snacks are included
- Port pickup and drop-off included
- Covered by Viator's Worry-Free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Your shore excursion begins with a scenic drive up Mendenhall Valley. When you reach the shores of Mendenhall Lake, don protective raingear and a lifejacket, and board your raft. Each raft holds up to 12, and is rowed by an experienced guide.
Glide across the iceberg-studded lake, marveling at the 1.5-mile-wide (2.4 km) glacier, and set course downstream . The 6-mile (9.6-km) route combines windy stretches of water with Class II and III rapids. The rapids are perfectly safe – exciting for beginners and experienced rafters, and appropriate for all ages. The raft lasts approx. 1.5 to 2 hours.
When the river feeds into the lake and the rapids end, soak in the views of the riverbank, lush forests and 7,000-foot (2,134-meter) mountains rising above the valley floor. Learn about the natural history of the river, and keep your eyes open for bald eagles, birds nesting in rocky cliffs, black bears, otters and seals, and salmon during spawning season.
At the finish point, celebrate with an Alaskan-style snack and toast your adventure with a cup of Martha’s Mendenhall Madness (a strong wine cocktail) or hot cider. You can purchase the action photo of yourself as a lasting memento of a trip you’ll never forget.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Reviewed by Sreekar K, July 2012
Great experience. Our guide was awesome. Wish the company was more organized at the launch point.
Reviewed by Michaela S, August 2012
Only disappointment was that the office staff of the company providing the tour did not react in any way to my consequent call asking them to make a reasonable effort to return the sweatshirt I forgot in one of bins on the tour. Since the departure of the cruise ship was still 10 hours away, I expected at least any kind of communication from them.