After taking the scenic fast ferry from Skagway to Haines, you will be met on the pier and begin a 40 minute nature drive through the "Valley of the Eagles" along the banks of the Chilkat River to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The preserve is 48,000 acres, dedicated by the state of Alaska, to the preservation of the Bald Eagle Habitat.
After boarding your raft, you will enjoy a scenic raft trip down the Chilkat River through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles. As there are no rapids (white water) on the river, it makes for a very relaxing float. Depending on the flow of the river, the float portion takes between 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Along the way, your professional guide will inform and entertain you with the natural history of the area, Chilkat Indian Heritage, and Alaskan stories. The number of eagles you will see is very dependent on the food available to the eagles i.e., the fish runs. During the early months of the summer season you will often see parent eagles sitting on nests, eaglets in nests and the parent eagles flying to the nest with food for their young. As the fish runs increase, the numbers of eagles increase in that area. During very warm days, the eagles are often seen catching the thermals and soaring above the mountain peaks. Your guide is an expert in spotting wildlife and you may observe brown bears, black bears, wolves, trumpeter swans and moose. Don't leave your camera behind for this adventure!
After the float, you will drive back to Haines where, depending on the ferry schedule, you may have a short time to explore this quaint little Alaskan town.
Please note: Tour requires a minimum of two guests to operate.