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Mendenhall Lake Kayak And Salmon Bake

Kayak into the breathtaking glacial waters of Mendenhall Lake and allow your senses to absorb the beauty this majestic place has to offer.

Mendenhall Lake Kayak and Salmon Bake

Be one of the lucky few to experience the majestic Mendenhall Glacier up close, as you travel by kayak, under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit and enjoy an all-you-can-eat Salmon Bake feast to refuel from your adventure.

Upon arrival at Mendenhall Lake, your experienced, friendly guide will help you with life jackets and rain gear before teaching you kayaking techniques. Then you will board the two-person kayaks, with either a new friend or traveling companion, and set off on your Alaskan adventure.

Don't worry if this is your first-time paddling; your experienced guide will group you into like abilities so that you can travel at a comfortable pace while ensuring that your adventure is safe and enjoyable.

Navigate the iceberg-studded pristine waters of Mendenhall Lake while taking in the breathtaking nature surrounding you. Along the way, your guide will point out native wildlife and surely fascinate you with the area's history and ecology of this spectacular glacier. You will venture within a safe distance of this massive, awe-inspiring face of the glacier and skirt the base of the beautiful Nugget Falls. After paddling back across the lake and taking in the last views of this extraordinary glacier, head to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake to refuel and reminisce about the experience that is sure to be a highlight of your Alaska vacation.

The Gold Creek Salmon Bake has something for everyone. This sumptuous all you can eat feast features the Alderwood-grilled wild Alaska salmon, Cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, hot chowder, a selection of sides, salads, beverages, and homemade blueberry cake for dessert. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Make sure you leave some room for the roasted marshmallows over the campfire after your meal. You can also take a short walk along Salmon Creek - a salmon spawning stream - to a breathtaking waterfall where you can also explore the remains of the historic Wagner Mine and try your hand at gold panning.

Buses depart regularly to the pier so you may return at your leisure. Don't miss out on this opportunity and experience Juneau on this once in a lifetime trip.

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Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Small
 
Activity Type(s)
Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
 
Tour Duration
5 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 25 minute walk, or an approximately 5 minute shuttle ride (not included, approximately $5 US per person) is required to reach your departure location.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Gold Creek Salmon Bake
 
Special Instructions
We Recommend dressing in layers (relevant to the day's forecast) and wear comfortable clothing. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Bring an extra pair of warm socks. All necessary equipment, including rain gear, is provided.
 
Restrictions
No prior experience necessary; however moderate to good physical health is recommended as guests must paddle for approximately 2 hours and climb in/out of the kayak with limited assistance. Maximum weight is approximately 275 pounds and is dependent on waist size to fit into the kayak cockpit. Children must weigh at least 40 pounds in order to fit into required life jackets. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian.
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About Shore Excursions Group
ABOUT US
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.

Our Tours
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.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
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.

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