Magical Spencer Double – KAYAK & RAFT Trip


This is the ONLY day tour in Alaska where you can iceberg kayak & glacier raft in the same day.  Explore Spencer Glacier Lake by kayak in the morning–paddle 3 miles around icebergs and up close to the Glacier face.  In the afternoon, raft 7 scenic river miles down the Placer River to be picked up by train on the bank of the river.  This trip encompasses both a Glacier Blue Kayak (without Grandview) and a Spencer Iceberg & Placer River Float Tour

Magical Spencer Double – Glacier Blue Kayak – Video by the Rolling Van July 2017

2022 Available Dates: May 28 – September 17



This combo trip includes two of our most popular tours – a Glacier Blue Kayak Trip (without Grandview) and a Spencer Iceberg & Placer River Float Tour – Rafting Trip.

This trip requires a minimum of 2 guests to book.

RIDE Both Glacier Discovery & Coastal Classic AK Railroad Trains:

This tour utilizes two AK Railroad trains:  the Glacier Discovery & Coastal Classic.  Ride the Coastal Classic in the morning to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, and return via the Glacier Discovery Train.

*This trip is available departing from Anchorage or Girdwood on the Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic Train.

Spencer Double Tour Itinerary: Depart on Coastal Classic Train with Glacier Discovery Return

6:45 AM – Coastal Classic departs Anchorage

8:05 AM – Coastal Classic departs Girdwood

9 AM – Arrive at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

9:30 AM – 1:30 PM – KAYAK Tour on Spencer Lake.

2 – 5 PM – RAFTING – 7 Mile River Float Down the Placer River.

5:15 PM – Arrive in Portage and board motorcoach back to Anchorage or Chugach Adventures’ Shuttle to Girdwood

5:45 PM – Arrival at Girdwood

6:45 PM – Arrival in Anchorage


  • A catered sack lunch is provided (sandwich, fruit, dessert & bottled water).  Veggie or other dietary requests are welcome, please notify us ahead of time.
  • We provide splash tops, spray skirts & Personal Flotation Device (life vest) for all kayak tours.  Life vests & rain ponchos are provided for all raft trips.
  • Bring warm clothes & layers, warm socks to wear.
  • Most guests bring their cameras, we can’t guarantee that they won’t get wet, but you should get amazing photos.
  • We require all guests to sign a release of liability for all tours.
  • Spencer Lake Distances:   2 miles one way from the boat launch to Spencer Glacier.  It takes anywhere between 20 Minutes (With Calm Perfect weather) to 1 hour to paddle across the lake.
  • Spencer Lake & Placer River Float:  The Placer River Float starting from Spencer Lake to our river takeout at Luebner Lake is approximately 7 River Miles.
  • Young Children–Minimum age for Kayak Tours is 8 years old.  All children will participate in tandem kayaks with a parent or the most experienced paddler in your group.  Groups with children under 8 could join the tour by utilizing a raft instead of kayaks.  Please reach out directly if you have young children in your group.
  • The maximum weight for kayaks is 240 lbs.  The maximum height is 6’5″.  We can provide a raft lake tour for guests that don’t meet weight & height restrictions and provide a similar tour via raft.  
  • There are restrooms on the train and at the Spencer Whistle Stop.  There are no restrooms once we are on the river, backcountry options only

Weather and Trip Adjustments
Water levels, wind, and other natural factors beyond our control may cause us to alter your trip.  We do not operate kayaks or canoes on whitecap days on the lake for your safety and enjoyment.  In this situation (which is very rare in the mornings) we would offer an extended raft tour.  We have other options with hiking, rafting, and a shortened kayak tour to provide a safe and enjoyable tour alternative under inclement weather.  It is up to the guide’s discretion and safety experience to determine what is the most appropriate decision for the day based on weather.

Cancellation Policy for Day Tour Bookings:

Cancellations made 10 days or more in advance are 90% refundable.  

Cancellations within 10 days are nonrefundable.  

AK RAILROAD Cancellation Policy & Change Fee Information:  All paid bookings are subject to a 10% change fee for the Railroad portion of the trip cost, if a date change is requested within 30 days.

Gratuity / Tip:  Our guides are expected to go above and beyond for this trip and greatly appreciate any & all gratuities.