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Phone: (907) 745-1577
26326 Buck Shot Dr
Palmer, AK 99645
There’s no road to this unique glacier, which lies just 50 miles from Anchorage. But Knik Glacier Tours offers jet-boat rides up the Knik River to the face of the glacier. Drift by massive blue icebergs, cruise past the glacier’s five-mile wide face, and walk around on old glacier moraines. This company’s boat tours are the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to see the Knik Glacier.
The tour is four hours long and starts with four-mile jet-boat ride up the river. This area is prime moose habitat, and owner Tom Fawcet is a great naturalist. He’s lived here for 25 years and can share his vast knowledge on the river and glacier, as well as birds, geology, glaciation, and the Northern Lights. On this tour, you’ll learn how the glacier snakes out of the Chugach Range for 28 miles before dumping into an iceberg-filled lake and the Knik River. And due to a strange microclimate in the valley, the Knik Glacier gets less rainfall than Phoenix!
Once you get to the lake, you’ll cruise around for 30 minutes. The face of the glacier stretches up 400 feet in some places; you’ll travel past these towering ice walls and bobbing icebergs, snapping photos of the glacier. You’ll quickly see why this place has been featured in several Hollywood films. Then you’ll pull into shore for hot coffee and a snack. You can stretch your legs with short walks on the surrounding moraines, which lead to giant views of the surrounding valley and glacier. Or scan the hillsides with spotting scopes and binoculars, looking for black and grizzly bears, mountain goats, and Dall sheep.
There’s not a faster, easier, more affordable way to experience a wilderness glacier than with Knik River Tours. You can even overnight at the lake in tent cabins. They supply the food and gear, and you get a night in the wilderness—with a glacier out your front door!