• MGRA Fact
    Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in the U.S. It provides a great educational opportunity for describing glacial processes.
  • MGRA Fact
    The Mendenhall Glacier is just one of 38 glaciers flowing from the Juneau Ice Field
  • MGRA Fact
    The Mendenhall Glacier and other glaciers are depositing 1/2 inch of silt a year in the channel between Juneau and Douglas Island. Within a few decades, it may be possible to walk from Juneau to Douglas Island across the channel.
  • MGRA Fact
    Since 1958, the year Mendenhall Lake came into being, the glacier has receded 1.75 miles.
  • MGRA Fact
    The Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area (MGRA) Visitor Center was the first visitor center built by the Forest Service in the United States.
  • MGRA Fact
    The Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area (MGRA) consists of 5,815 acres.

Welcome to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Commercial Use Analysis ProjectUS Forest Service Juneau Ranger District

The U.S. Forest Service is planning to modify the 1996 management plan for the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area (MGRA) specific to visitor use capacity and commercial use. This analysis excludes the Dredge Lakes Unit. (A separate Dredge Lakes Unit Management plan will be prepared in the future). There is a need to revisit capacity and commercial use in the Recreation Area because significant change has occurred since 1996.

First, the visitor season in Alaska has expanded so that it now extends from May 1 through the end of September. The season was previously identified as May 15 through September 15.

A second reason for revisiting capacity and commercial use in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area is simply the volume of visitors. Since 1999, visitation to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center alone has more than doubled, from 200,000 visitors to more than 400,000 each year.

Finally, increasing commercial allocation can provide expanded opportunities for local businesses and a better experience for visitors while maintaining the qualities identified as important in the 1996 plan.

Click here for maps of existing and proposed capacity use.

 

 

Click here to view comments submitted through 10/20/13

 

Recent Meetings

September 19, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Public Scoping Meeting

Juneau District Ranger Office Conference Room
8510 Mendenhall Loop Road
Juneau, Alaska
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

August 29, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Public Scoping Meeting

Juneau District Ranger Office Conference Room
8510 Mendenhall Loop Road
Juneau, Alaska
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.