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Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip

Juneau, United States
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Hold on for an exhilarating river-rafting ride along Mendenhall Glacier. During this half-day adventure, drive through Mendenhall Valley before climbing aboard a raft rowed by an experienced guide. Float along for six miles around the foot of the glacier, through winding stretches of Class II and III whitewater rapids. Soak up gorgeous mountain scenery, and wrap up the day with a delicious snack. Families, beginners and the more experienced are all welcome! Hotel transport from Juneau included.
  • 3.5-hour rafting tour of Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau
  • See the glacier from a totally unique perspective
  • Your rafting guide will lead you through Class II and III rapids, making for a fun and exhilarating experience
  • You choose if you'd like to help paddle or just sit back and enjoy the ride
  • Alaskan-style snacks will be provided
  • Suitable for all ages and no prior experience is required
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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All equipment: raingear, lifejacket
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Professional Guide
Souvenir Photo (available for purchase)
Souvenirs (available for purchase)
Alcoholic Beverages
490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

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Returns to original departure point
While in Juneau, get up close to Alaska’s impressive Mendenhall Glacier on this family-friendly, exciting 3.5-hour rafting tour. After hotel pickup, enjoy a pleasant drive up Mendenhall Valley. Upon arrival at Mendenhall Lake, receive a safety briefing for your rafting journey, which lasts approx. 1.5 to 2 hours. The Class II and III whitewater rapids you’ll encounter are safe — appropriate for novices and experienced rafters, as well as families.

Each raft holds up to 12 passengers and is rowed by a guide. Seeking hands-on fun? Go ahead and join a paddle-raft team. Then, travel across the lake dotted with icebergs, and set course on a nearby river to begin a 6-mile (9.6-km) route. Enjoy unparalleled views of the glacier, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way, including bald eagles, black bears, otters and seals, and salmon during spawning season.

Note the towering mountains rising above a valley floor and lush forests as you make your way through river features like Pin Ball Alley, Tourist Trap and Moon Flats. A photographer on shore will capture shots of your rafting adventure (available for purchase as a great souvenir).

Reach the last stretch and celebrate with an Alaskan-style snack, along with a cup of Martha’s Mendenhall Madness (a heady wine cocktail) or hot cider. Enjoy a relaxing drive back to your Juneau hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please indicate your ship or hotel name when booking your tour
  • Children must weigh at least 50 lbs (18 kg) in order to fit into required life jackets
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Travel Adventures Inc.

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip?
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "That is all well and good if you get there first, but misleading for those who can't control the order of the boats." See review
  • "I would recommend this excursion it was not an aggressive river at all and it was very safe." See review


33 Reviews
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somewhat misleading
, Sep 2019
The glacier was beautiful and rafting was fine. The guide was great. However the ad talked about the reindeer sausage and snacks etc that were supposed to be at the end. Our boat was the last to pull in in the group and all the food was gone when we got there. When I asked a guide about it he said the food is first come first serve. That is all well and good if you get there first, but misleading for those who can't control the order of the boats.
Rafting fun at the Mendenhall Glacier
Sylvia H
, Jul 2018
We had a wonderful time on this excursion. Dominic our guide was excellent. He gave us a lot of information and did a great job getting us down the river. We saw a beaver and eagles. Everyone on the raft had a great time! I would recommend this excursion it was not an aggressive river at all and it was very safe.
this was a fantastic trip down the...
, Aug 2017
this was a fantastic trip down the river. Day was sunny and bright, weather was great. Smooth and uneventful ride down the river. Rapids were exciting. Our guide was Alvin and he provides us a wonderful trip, full of lots of fun facts. Would recommend to all.
This is a float trip and the...
, Jul 2017
This is a float trip and the participants don't have oars. You sit for two hours. There are a couple of rapids but for the most part it is smooth water. This was not what I thought we signed up for.
The trip was outstanding. Our guide...
Audrey S
, Jul 2017
The trip was outstanding. Our guide was very knowledgeable, all expectations were met as the trip delivered what was promised in the literature. Gear, instruction, transportation, was great. Al, our bus driver, provided a wonderful guided trip to the put - in/take-out points. I
Our guide Liam was awesome and very...
Alyssa Flora R
, Jun 2016
Our guide Liam was awesome and very knowledgeable. The day we went, the rapid were tame. Wish it was more exciting, but can't control nature. Snacks were tasty!
Even though it rained, the rafting...
Karen T
, Sep 2015
Even though it rained, the rafting tour was very enjoyable due in part to Rex, our GREAT tour guide. The scenery was amazing and the rapids were thrilling but not to point of death defying! Our group was pretty lively and we gained knowledge and friends.I think you will enjoy it even if you are a beginner, as I was.
We were very satisfied with this...
, Sep 2015
We were very satisfied with this excursion the guide did an excellent job the weather was perfect
We had the best float trip ever...
Mildred Fay K
, Sep 2014
We had the best float trip ever. Beautiful scenery and amazing guide. We felt the tour people really talk care to see we were well taken care of. We will do it again. It was amazing
Terrific experience with my 8 year...
Kathryn C
, Aug 2014
Terrific experience with my 8 year old granddaughter - you put in at the lake close to Mendenhall, not right in front of it, but you still get gorgeous views. The short time on white water rapids was very fun. Our guide was terrific and knew a lot about the geography of the area. Customer service was outstanding - we accidentally got on the kayaking tour and missed our rafting tour. A rep from the company came to the rafting site, took us back to the ship, showed us exactly where to be to pick up the rafting tour and got us on the next one. I was so impressed that they were so accommodating and kind. Highly recommend.

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