Explore the wildlife and pristine beauty of Chilkoot Lake in Haines, Alaska. The lake is in the Tlingit Indians region of Alaska and means “big fish”, it is also spelled Chilcoot Lake.
Meet your guide directly on the pier and depart by van for a short transfer to a small boat harbor. Catch a fast ferry from here and ride for approximately one hour to Haines, along the way be provided live presentations about local culture and natural history.
Once in Haines you will take a guided driving tour through the town and Fort Seward. After approximately 30-minutes, the drive leads you up the Lutak Inlet to the Chilkoot River Valley. The Chilkoot corridor offers incredible wildlife viewing. Brown Bears, eagles, mountain goats, and spawning salmon are commons sights. Your guides are expert naturalists and enjoy sharing their love and knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness.
Once at the Lake, receive a safety briefing and be provided the necessary equipment. Observe Chilkoot Lake in stable motor assisted voyageur canoes, the canoes are built using similar dimensions as the canoes used by trappers and gold miners at the turn of the century. Powered by either paddle or motor, this tour offers guests the opportunity to paddle in the serenity of Chilkoot Lake, while also having the advantage of relaxing and taking photographs when it’s time to take a break from paddling.
Explore for approximately 2-hours and see the inlets, coves, salmon spawning streams and numerous waterfalls that spill off the mountains into the lake.
After enjoying the beautiful views on the lake, drive back along the coast to a private beachside location for a picnic-style lunch.
From here it is only a short ride from the beach to return to the fast ferry dock. Make your way across the water returning to Skagway where your van will be waiting to take you to your ship.
Please Note: Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Maximum weight per person is 300 lbs. equipment provided is as follows: life vests, rubber boots, ponchos and paddles. Guests are encouraged to dress in layers for warmth and bring rain gear depending on weather conditions. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests should be in moderate physical condition to paddle the canoe when necessary.