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Mendenhall Glacier and the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Juneau, Alaska, USA
- Macaulay Salmon Hatchery: Ladd Macaulay's vision comes alive on your tour of the hatchery's awesome aquarium and touch tanks featuring over 100 local species. Learn how the hatchery enhances stocks of wild Alaskan salmon.
- Mendenhall Glacier: Stretching 12 miles tall, this mammoth block of ice is one of Juneau's most popular attractions. Nestled among jagged peaks, rushing water and the lush rain forest, this river of ice terminates on the far side of Mendenhall Lake. Spend your time at the glacier watching for bears during the salmon spawning season, talking to National Park Service Rangers inside the visitor's center, viewing informative exhibits or walking out to the photo point.
- Gastineau Channel: Your return drive back to town travels along along the Gastineau channel where you might see Alaska's Bald Eagles in flight searching for salmon.
About this Juneau, Alaska tour
It was gold that spurred the birth of Juneau, named after one of the pioneers that came searching for Juneau's treasures at the end of the 19th century. Joe Juneau didn't quite know where to find his gold, but luckily a benevolent Chieftain pointed him in the right direction.
He set off with his partner along the Gastineau Channel, striking it rich with a mine on its shore. And while Joe Juneau's mine has long been shuttered, another Alaskan great struck some gold of his own here, too – Ladd Macaulay discovered a new way to breed salmon out of Juneau's old mineshaft, revitalizing Alaska's salmon fishing economy and creating a new "gold rush" in the process.
And while the literal gold may be gone from Gastineau today, Mendenhall Glacier shines bright like a diamond: it towers 12 miles high over a prehistoric ice field, with a majestic beauty you'll want to see with your own eyes.
This behemoth is moving at a glacial pace - the ice edges carefully forward just a few feet every day. A 3,000-year old remnant of Alaska's chilly past, Mendenhall will probably be around for a while longer, but you might want to hurry to explore her icy world. Roam freely in the Mendenhall Glacier visitor's center, and do make sure you take your time.
While salmon is the main attraction at Macaulay, be prepared to see over 100 species of local marine life in the hatchery's massive aquarium and touch-tank displays, where you'll have a chance to interact with these colorful sea creatures.
Please make your way to Mount Roberts Tramway at 490 S Franklin St..
The US Forest Service is available throughout the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center complex to answer your questions.
A minimal amount of walking is needed. Wheelchair users must be able to transfer from chair & climb some steps. Bring a companion for assistance. Folding wheelchairs only. Advance notice is required for lift-equipped transportation.
Adventure, Cultural, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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