Magical Spencer Mornings – RAFT or KAYAK


Starting in 2018, the AK Railroad will be stopping the early morning Coastal Classic at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop 5 + days per week (Sunday – Thursday).

Capture some Alaskan magic on a morning tour and have options to go kayaking & rafting all in the same day, plus enjoy a scenic train ride to Grandview – the most scenic portion of the AK Railroad.  Spot an eagle on an iceberg, witness a calving glacier, touch an iceberg or see a once in a lifetime glacier archway.

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




Your guide will cater your tour to your group’s desires and ambitions.  You will have watercraft options available with both kayaks, rafts, & canoes to provide the most amazing day possible for your party.  We recommend an extended kayak tour for more active groups and a scenic rafting trip for guests that want to sit back and relax.  We can offer both kayaking & rafting for your trip with high water in the river, and your guide will let you know your options to experience as much as possible.

This trip is available on Sunday – Thursday for the Summer of 2018.  The trip is NOT AVAILABLE on Fridays & Saturdays of 2018.

This trip is limited to only 12 guests per outing, with a max guide to guest ratio of 1 to 6.  This trip is often private per booking party.

RIDE Both Glacier Discovery & Coastal Classic AK Railroad Trains:

This tour utilizes 2 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 after a scenic train ride to Grandview, the most scenic portion of the AK Railroad.

Magical Morning Tour Itinerary: Coastal Classic with Glacier Discovery Return (select dates only see above.)

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 or Rafting Trip 7 River Miles Down the Placer River.

2 – 5 PM – Scenic Train Ride to Grandview thru the Upper Placer River Gorge Canyon

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

5:45 PM – Arrival to Girdwood

6:45 PM – Arrival to 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 if needed 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 on the rafting/canoe/kayak tours.
  • Spencer Lake Distances:   1.5 miles one way to 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 originating from Spencer Lake to our River Takeout at Luebner Lake is approximately 7 River Miles.
  • Young Children–Minimum age for  Kayak is 6 years old.  All children will participate in tandem kayaks with a parent or most experienced paddler in your group.
  • Maximum weight for kayaks is 230 lbs.  Maximum height is 6’5″.
  • 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.

Chugach Adventures / AK Railroad Cancellation Policy
Any cancellation made up to 7 days in advance will receive a 50% refund.  For cancellations within 48 hours, NO refund will be given.  Cancellations made 8 days or more in advance will receive a full refund minus a 5% transaction fee.