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Anchorage, AK 99501
No roads lead to Spencer Glacier. Fortunately, the Alaska Railroad does. Combine a scenic rail trip with a gentle float tour led by Chugach Adventures. They'll guide you through the iceberg-choked Spencer Lake and down the Placer River, which shoots out from under the glacier.
For those who depart by rail from Anchorage on the Glacier Discovery, you'll travel south along Turnagain Arm for 50 miles, paralleling the Seward Highway-a national scenic byway. The train then heads up Turnagain Pass into the Kenai Mountains, where it hits one of the highest peaks on the way to Seward. Instead of the highway, you'll see glaciers, alpine meadows, wildflowers, and wildlife-really pristine wilderness. A 5-minute bus ride from the train drop-off puts you at the base of the Spencer Lake, where you'll enjoy a hearty snack.
Your rafting trip starts with a great view of the huge Spencer Glacier. Your guide will row a close (yet safe) distance from the icebergs floating in the lake before getting you on the river. The Placer offers Class I and II water, so this is a great alternative to wild whitewater rafting, perfect for children and older folks. You shouldn't get wet except for an occasional small splash.
With no road anywhere around, you'll enjoy the feel of a remote, wilderness experience. Watch for eagles, bear, wolves, beavers, moose, porcupines, ducks, and fish when they're running.
Tours departing from Anchorage include one-way rail and a motorcoach return transfer from the Portage stop-allowing you to get back hours earlier than if you went by train. Other departures are available; please contact the railroad if interested.
By Train: Guests can take the Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train out to the glacier then hop in a raft with Chugach Adventures for a scenic float tour back to the Seward Highway.
Life jacket, raingear, and rubber boots provided
Experienced river guides, trained extensively in swift water rescue techniques, first aid, and backcountry survival
Guides typically do the paddling; be a paddler by request
Lunch included: half sandwich (turkey, ham, or veggie), potato or pasta salad, brownie, fruit salad
8-passenger maximum per raft
Basic safety orientation before each float
Will float with just one passenger
Will accommodate large groups of up to about 64 people