This beautiful glacier, lake and valley is one Alaska’s most visited tourist attractions. Once it used to cover the entire valley; now only a number of remnant glaciers remain. These are the Explorer, Middle, Byron, Burns, and Shakespeare glaciers.
It is located about an hour’s drive from Anchorage. The glacier is at the southeast end of the lake; you will be approaching from the north east, past the extant village of Portage. The access road will take you to Boggs Visitor Center. There are two ways to get to the glacier - by an hour long lake cruise, or by hiking along the lake.
- Portage: Not much is left of this ghost town apart from the husks of dead trees. A 1964 earthquake caused the land to drop six feet, flooding the village. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is near the village. It takes care of sick or abandoned wild animals.
- Begich Boggs Visitor Center: Though you can no longer see the glacier from the center it is still worth visiting. The telescopes still have some nice views, there is simulated ice cave.
- Byron Glacier Trail Head: An easy hike taking you along Byron Creek to views of the Byron Glacier, and upon return, great views of Portage Lake and Valley
- Portage Glacier Cafe and Gallery
- Trail of Blue Ice: Nice and wide path for hiking and biking with mountains all around but very little elevation gain.
- Portage Pass Trail: If instead of stopping at lake, you continue on the Portage Glacier Road, close to Whittier is the Portage Pass Trailhead. The day long hike will take you to an elevation with incredible views of the Portage Glacier.
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Portage Glacier Travel Tips
- Bring rain gear.
- Check out the Portage Glacier Cafe and Gallery.
Entrance Ticket Details For Portage Glacier
- Prices depend on the cruise.
Portage Glacier Hours
Begich Boggs Visitor Center:
- 9:00am - 6:00pm in the summer, daily.
- 9:00am - 6:00pm in the winter, weekends only.
How to Reach Portage Glacier
- Drive to here.
- Take a cruise or hike to the glacier.
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30.18% of people who visit Anchorage include Portage Glacier in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
63.54% of people start their Portage Glacier visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Portage Glacier
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Portage Glacier
Portage Glacier Reviews & Ratings
When we were there in 1994, It didn't calve, it 'COWED' We were on a boat, the water was clear and then I started to hear a small noise which got louder and louder then a huge chunk of ice came off the glacier and there was ice all around the boat , which the captain expertly had moved away from the glacier. Thrilling experience!
A boat tour to Portage Glacier near Anchorage, Alaska can be a memorable experience - especially when a huge calving block of ice sends your tour boat rocking!
In the early 60's my dad was stationed in Alaska. Some of the best memories are of our parents and their friends gathering at Portage Glacier! Beautiful!!!!!
I have been there 2 weeks ago , you can find one of the most unique blue color out there .
Beautiful!! Nice, not too difficult trail to get there :) and the view worth it :)