Kennicott Glacial Lake Kayak Tour – Half Day

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Kennicott Glacial Lake Kayak Tour – Half Day

per person

A Glacial Lake Inflatable Kayak Tour is the perfect way to get on the water, soak in the serenity, and enjoy some of the finest views that the Kennicott Valley has to offer. Your expert guide will provide expert paddling instruction while also entertaining you on a special interpretive tour of one of the newest geographical features of our beautiful valley. Take a walk on the glaciers rocky surface, listen to the glacier quietly cracking and tumbling while you scout for bears and other wildlife along the shore and even sometimes on the ICE!

Difficulty Level: Relaxed
The Kennicott Glacier Lake Kayak Tour is considered the only Relaxed Day Trip offered by McCarthy River Tours. This Lake Kayak Trip involves paddling in an inflatable kayak among icebergs and through the ice-lined channels of the terminal end of the Kennicott Glacier.


4 hours





  • Tours Launch the last weekend of May through the first weekend of September
  • Guest to Guide Ratio/price person
    • 1:1/$420
    • 2:1/$225
    • 3:1/$165
    • 4+:1/$125
  • Paddle among icebergs
  • Get up close to the glacier face
  • Hike on the glacier’s rocky surface
  • Enjoy the quiet
  • Incredible views & photo ops
  • Jump from an iceberg (or relax in your boat)

Kennicott Valley

June 6 to August 31st: 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, & 2 pm

  • Drysuit
  • Floatation device
  • Helmet
  • Paddle
  • River shoes
  • Expert guide
  • Warm base layers
  • Warm socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks/sack lunch
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide (10-20% of the trip cost is recommended)

Choose your own Launch time between 8 am and 2 pm daily

  • Make it a Kayak & Hike Package
  • Accommodation package
  • Fly-in/fly-out from Glennallen 1-day package
4 hours
8+ Age
Meet up 15 minutes prior to scheduled trip time
Time Frame
  • 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm or 2pm
  • Drysuit care and wear instruction
  • PFD fitting
  • Hike to the lake
3 hours - explore lake
  • Short walk from our office to lake
  • Safety equipment check & flat water boating safety talk
  • Explore the glacier face
  • Jump into an ice cold glacier lake in a drysuit
  • Explore the rocky surface of a 25 mile long valley glacier
Final 30 minutes
  • Walk back to office
  • De-suit
  • Enjoy some ice cream


  • Tera C.

    June 1, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Wonderful Kayak Trip With Glacier Jumping!
    This was a perfect adventure for our family. We love kayaking, and it was a beautiful day! Violet was super informative about the glaciers, the lake, and the surrounding mountains. It was also super fun to jump from the glacier and watch the rocks tumble down the glacier. I highly recommend this trip, and we will cherish the memory!

  • LeeAnn G.

    August 1, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Best Family Adventure in McCarthy
    This past weekend, we had the BEST time with Violet at McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters. The glacier kayaking trip was unbelievably beautiful and an overall epic experience. We brought our young daughter, and she had such a great time. Violet has vast experience in glacier science and is a very experienced guide. The whole trip was nothing short of amazing!