Portage Glacier

Q: I’m interested in visit the Portage Glacier on our way to Seward from Anchorage, Alaska. What can you tell me about fees, directions, parking, reservations? Do tourists actually get on a boat for a tour of it?

A: Portage makes a nice stop on the drive to Seward from Anchorage. The turn off to Portage is about 50 miles south of Anchorage on the left side of the Seward Highway. The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Glacier is located about 5 miles down Portage Valley Road. The visitor center is free of charge and offers interactive exhibits and an award-winning film titled “Voices From The Ice”. The glacier has receded dramatically and can no longer be seen from the visitor center although there are often glacial icebergs floating in Portage Lake. To view the glacier we recommend a one hour boat tour with Portage Glacier Cruises. Parking is free and the cruise runs $29 per adult. Reservations are recommended but not required.


  1. J Neff
    July 3rd, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    We recently visited the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center and were so pleased. It is set up beautifully with many interactive areas for both adults and children. We were fascinated with the video, “Voices From the Ice,” especially the surprise ending! The restrooms were very clean and the staff members were more than helpful. Well worth a stop if you’re driving from Anchorage to Whittier.

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