Portage Glacier is a glacier on the Kenai Peninsula of the U.S. state of Alaska and is included within the Chugach National Forest. It is located south of Portage Lake and 6 km (4 mi) west of Whittier.To plan Anchorage vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
Portage Glacier was a local name first recorded in 1898 by Thomas Corwin Mendenhall of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, so called because it is on a portage route between Prince William Sound and Turnagain Arm. Hundreds of years ago the glacier filled the entire Portage Valley, a distance of, and was connected to what are now five separate glaciers.
The Begich/Boggs Visitor Center was built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1986. However, the glacier can no longer be viewed from there. A boat ride across the lake is required to view the glacier. Commercial boat tours are available.
Portage Glacier is located adjacent to Turnagain Arm, 50 miles southeast of downtown Anchorage. Road access is via the Seward Highway to the former town of Portage, which was flooded and subsequently vacated following the 1964 Alaska earthquake. The Portage Glacier Road runs, mostly past USFS campgrounds, to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. The main road used to end here, but now continues eastward, leading to the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and to Whittier
Portage Glacier Cruises reviews
This one hour cruise takes you on Portage Lake to the glacier which is an amazing sight. Note it's a lake and there is no wildlife / fish in it but people come to watch the glacier. Even if the... more »
I’ve written about Portage Glacier at some length in my review of, well, Portage Glacier on this site. As such, the focus of this review will be on the cruise aboard the MV Ptarmigan. Reflecting... more »
Very cool tour that we did! Got to see the glacier up close and made some terrific shots!! Captain and crew did a good job telling us all about it. Worth your time!!
Great chance to see and taste 😜 a glacier in alaska. Tours can be booked online but there were plenty of open seats when we went in August
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