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  Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip
Alaska's most popular rafting experience on Mendenhall Lake!

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.
 
     
 
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AVAILABILITY:
MAY–SEPT. Multiple departures daily.
DURATION:
3 HOURS
COST:
ADULT $135 | CHILD $90
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By arrangement to meet tour & cruise ship
schedules. Operates in all weather conditions.
Times are approximate.
1-1/2 to 2 hrs. on the water.
Child rate applies to ages 12 & under.
Taxes not included.
 
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Notes: Suitable for all ages and no prior experience necessary, just good health and an adventurous spirit. For those wishing a higher activity level, we offer paddle-rafting adventures. Children must weigh at least 40 pounds in order to fit into required life jackets. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian. This tour operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. This tour operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the US Forest Service. Request a Reservation
 
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Customer Reviews:
It was exciting and fun. I liked the river guides stories, they were very interesting. Thank you for the snacks, that apple cider warmed me back up. ~ J. Kin, Dublin, LN
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