|Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip
Hold on for a safe but exhilarating river-running experience! Put in at the lake at the
foot of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, and be carried away by the river and views
of towering mountains, forests and wildlife. There's a lot of everything in this trip!
Begin with a scenic tour up the Mendenhall Valley. On the shores of Mendenhall Lake, don protective raingear and life jackets, and board your raft. Each holds up to twelve,
and is rowed by an experienced guide. Or, if you're looking for a hands-on experience, join a paddle-raft team.
Glide across the iceberg-studded lake, marveling at the 1.5-mile-wide glacier, and set course downstream. The six-mile route combines meandering stretches with Class II and III whitewater—just enough to to add to the excitement and is appropriate for all ages. A treat for experienced rafters, too! Encounter river features such as Moon Flats and Pin Ball Alley. Watch for the photographer on shore who snaps your picture in the rapids, capturing the thrill of your adventure.
Where the river levels out, soak in the views of the riverbank, lush forests, and 7,000-foot mountains above the valley floor. Learn about the natural history of the river. Be on the lookout for bald eagles, black bears, otters and seals, and salmon during spawning season.
At the haul-out, celebrate with an Alaskan-style snack. You can purchase a cup of "Martha's Mendenhall Madness" to toast your adventure or an action photo of yourself
as a lasting memento of a trip you'll never forget.Tour Includes: Round-trip transfer from the pier to Mendenhall Lake, narration on glacial features and local history; snack and beverages consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread, water and hot apple cider, souvenir "I Shot The Mendenhall" pin, raingear, life jackets and rubber boots. Souvenir photos, T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and jackets are available for purchase.