Mendenhall River

Auke Bay, Alaska

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The Mendenhall, with incredible views of the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield, is a popular spot for Juneau residents to hone their whitewater technique in the spring and summer and for cruise ship passengers visiting Juneau. Originating in Mendenhall Lake about 10 miles west of Juneau, the Mendenhall River flows southward about 5 miles, emptying into the Gastineau Channel. Mendenhall Glacier sits at the head of the lake and, with a 7,000-foot-high spine of Mountains and the Jillleau Icefield rising steeply above, offers a dramatic backdrop to the lake and river.

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"The Mendenhall, with incredible views of the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield, is a popular spot for Juneau residents to hone their whitewater technique in the spring and summer and for cruise ship passengers visiting Juneau.

Originating in Mendenhall Lake about 10 miles west of Juneau, the Mendenhall River flows southward about 5 miles, emptying into the Gastineau Channel. Mendenhall Glacier sits at the head of the lake and, with a 7,000-foot-high spine of Mountains and the Jillleau Icefield rising steeply above, offers a dramatic backdrop to the lake and river."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Auke Bay
Distance: 5
Duration: 1-2 hours
Class: Class II-III
Season: April through October
Local Contacts: Tongass National Forest; private.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mendenhall River

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May 2018