On the drive between Anchorage and Seward, Alaska, travelers encounter Portage Glacier in the Chugach National Forest. The Portage Valley, home of this glacial feature, is an isthmus connecting the Kenai Peninsula to the rest of Alaska. The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Glacier is a perfect spot to view Portage Lake. The center is the hub of educational and interpretive activities at the glacier, and holds exhibits, shows the film “Retreat and Renewal: Stories from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest” and leads interpretive activities.
For a look at the glacier, Portage Glacier Cruises is the answer. These informative one-hour cruises aboard the 80-foot mv Ptarmigan are narrated by a US Forest Service guide. The vessel has a fully enclosed, heated cabin with expansive windows and topside, open-air view deck. With a design sensitive to wildlife and the environment, the vessel’s sound system cannot be heard from shore.
Portage Glacier is located about 60 miles from Anchorage. In the 2017 season, the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center will be open from May 27 to September 18. For more information about Portage Glacier Cruises, go to portageglaciercruises.com