Private Mendenhall Lake Canoe

Day Trip, Private Tour
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Don't pass up this incredible private opportunity to be one of a very few to canoe across a glacier-fed lake in the middle of the Tongass National Forest, the world's largest temperate rain forest.

Private Mendenhall Lake Canoe

Your all-inclusive private tour means everything is provided for you to enjoy the most panoramic and up-close experience with the Mendenhall Glacier. Be one of the very few to canoe across a glacier-fed lake in the middle of the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States.

Your canoe will hold a maximum of eight guests in total, so if you and or your family and friends are looking for the most intimate and personal way to see the Mendenhall Glacier, this is what you have been looking for. Your adventure into the Alaskan wilderness begins right at the cruise ship docks where you will be greeted by your local, professional guide who will sweep you away from the crowds and bring you deep into the Tongass National Forest.

Stay dry as high quality rain jackets, pants and boots plus paddling gloves are provided for each guest, which is extremely important as you will be experiencing the world's largest temperate rain forest. After a required safety briefing and some paddling instruction, the Mendenhall Glacier awaits you. A half-mile wide glacier with ice up to 1,800 feet deep, it's no surprise that Mendenhall is the most visited glacier in Alaska.

Your knowledgeable and professional guide will provide you with their expertise for you to gain a better understanding of the wilderness in America's Last Frontier. Launch the canoe to start your voyage across the serene Mendenhall Lake to the glacier. As you navigate across the lake, along the steep cliffs to the face of the Mendenhall Glacier, see the beautiful blue ice and feel the katabatic winds rolling directly off the glacier.

Steep cliffs carved by the glacier will surround you as you paddled towards the front row views of the Mendenhall Glacier. With time to soak it all in and explore, make sure to keep your eyes open for wildlife, Arctic terns, and the giant thundering waterfall.

Upon returning from your adventure on the lake, you will be welcomed by a delicious hot beverage as you de-gear from your equipment. After a short drive back to the cruise ship docks, your adventure may be ending but you will leave with the most astounding memories and pictures of a day that will last a lifetime.

Please Note: Guests need full use of all limbs for the canoe tour. This tour does NOT walk on the glacier. Canoes available for this tour require groups of at least 4 guests, up to 10 guests maximum, in order to successfully operate the canoe. Please take this information into consideration when booking.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

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Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$206.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
Tour Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
The Mount Roberts Tramway
Food/Beverage Provided
Snack, Beverages
Special Instructions
For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. Paddling gloves are provided to keep hands warm, but if it is cold out, please bring a hat and warm socks.
Moderate to good physical health is required to participate in this excursion. Minimum age of 12 years, and weight requirements are between 90 lbs. (minimum) to 240 lbs. (maximum). The full use of all limbs and being able to paddle for up to 2 hours is required. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.