Take in views of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier as you board your raft lakeside and begin your journey down river.
Travel through the glacial-carved Mendenhall Valley while taking in the views of the lush Tongass National Forest. Wildlife can often be seen along the river’s shore, look for bald eagles, black bears, otters.
Your trip begins with a scenic, narrated motorcoach ride to the beautiful Mendenhall Lake. Arriving at the lake, it’s time to gear up, board your raft and take off on an unforgettable adventure.
Your experienced guide will steer you across the serene waters of the lake, where you can take in views of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, before beginning your five-mile journey down the Mendenhall River. The speed of the water and level of the rapids vary depending on the weather, but your highly trained guide will ensure you have a safe, exhilarating experience.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as your guide takes complete care of you in our custom-made rafts. Hang on during the short section of rapids and don’t forget to smile for the photographer along the bank so you will have a memento of your adventure.
Want to be more involved? Ask for a paddle raft, where you will follow your guide’s commands and power your raft through the 1 mile stretch of class three rapids. Whatever your activity level preference is, you can be accommodated.
As your guide explains the natural phenomena at work in this scenic valley, you’ll marvel at the spectacular views of the glacier and towering peaks as you float downstream. You’ll want to be on the lookout for wildlife the entire stretch of the river. Birds including Arctic terns nest on the shoreline, and eagles, salmon, and bears can all be seen.
At the end of your journey, you’ll head to shore to enjoy an Alaskan snack, a warm beverage and have the opportunity to purchase a photo or souvenir of your rafting experience before re-boarding your motor coach for the short, relaxing ride back to your ship.
INCLUDED: Tour includes round trip transfer from the pier to Mendenhall Lake; snack and beverages consisting of reindeer sausage, cheese, crackers, salmon spread, water, and hot apple cider; a souvenir “I Shot The Mendenhall” pin; raingear, life jackets, and rubber boots. Souvenir photos, T-shirts, hats and sweatshirts are available for purchase.
RESTRICTIONS: Suitable for all ages and no prior experience necessary. Children must weigh at least 50 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.
CANCELLATION: Any changes or cancellations made more than 14 days before the tour departure will not be charged a fee and will receive a full refund. Any cancellations within 14 days of the tour departure will be non-refundable. Any cancellations due to weather or late arrival of your cruise ship will result in a full refund.
WHAT TO WEAR: Due to the possibility of inclement weather, it is recommended that you wear warm, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket, and comfortable slip-proof shoes. We recommend guests to bring gloves and an extra pair of socks.
MEETING INSTRUCTIONS: All Mendenhall River Float trips begin at the Mt. Roberts Tramway, at the cruise ship docks. Try to meet 15 minutes before departure time.