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ALASKAN EXPLORATION

JUST THREE OF MANY SHORE EXCURSIONS

Mendenhall Glacier & Salmon Bake

 

Enjoy a narrated journey to the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier and its adjacent Visitors Center. Your time here is self-guided, so you can explore the area as you wish. Roam the grounds, snap photos, take in the interactive exhibits or turn to the on-duty ranger who can satisfy your curiosity about the natural wonders of this glacier.

From Mendenhall Glacier, continue on to the famous salmon bake in Juneau. In a beautiful setting nestled in the rainforest, you’ll arrive at the aroma of wild Alaskan salmon grilling over an open alder wood fire.

The salmon, which you will see spawning on every river from mid-June through September, is fresh, thick, and delicious. For those of you who prefer other choices, you'll also find BBQ chicken (menu subject to change).

The entrees are accompanied by a host of sides, including Caesar salad, cole slaw, rice pilaf, and BBQ beans with reindeer sausage, as well as dessert, and, as this is all-you-can-eat, you may try everything more than once. You will be outdoors, but in a protected area, which will allow you to roast marshmallows over an open fire.

Music will accompany your meal whether you dine at lunch or dinner. And you will be able to explore a little before or after your meal, as the salmon waterfalls and the Wagner mine are right nearby.

Tongass Rainforest Hiking Expedition

 

The Forest Service only allows 12 people per day to visit this site, and, since Tongass is a National Forest, if you are a US citizen, you are part owner of this special place. Why not see a beautiful way in which your tax dollars are being spent?

During a short 10-minute drive from the cruise ship dock, you'll be transported from the hustle and bustle of town and into the quiet of the Tongass National Forest. Once at the scenic and remote Ward Creek Trail, you'll begin your 2-hour exploration of this unique temperate rainforest.

The Ward Creek Trail, which is groomed to high US Forest Service standards, is moderately rolling and climbs to an elevation of about 500 feet over 3 miles, traversing a gentle mountain slope. Along the way, you'll be treated to a variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, woodpeckers, and, occasionally, Sitka black tail deer and black bear foraging salmon in the stream.

The trail is pristine, lined by old growth spruce and hemlock, and you can hear the rushing waters of Ward Creek. Berries, flowers, and skunk cabbage are abundant in season. While on the trail, your experienced local guide will help you become more closely acquainted with the issues in the Tongass, including resource management, wildlife management, and the local economy.

Half Day Fishing
in Icy Strait

 

This comfortable boat has a spacious heated inside cabin with seating for 6.

For some of you, fishing isn't anything more than a brief memory of your Snoopy fishing pole and a can of corn as bait. For others, it is one of your favorite hobbies and the perfect reason to get up for an early morning. Either way, no matter if you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, most people will agree that Alaska is home to some of the best fishing in the world.

With everything you need already prepared, your local captain will take you to the best fishing spots off the shores of Icy Strait. Whether you are looking for Salmon or Halibut, this is the perfect opportunity to live the authentic Alaskan fishing experience. Grab a pole!

You are able to have your catch cleaned, processed and shipped through a local fish company. Feel free to discuss this with your captain on the day of the charter.