Break away from the crowds of Skagway for some unforgettable kayaking in a true naturalist's paradise: Haines, Alaska.
From Skagway, you will take a 45 minute trip on a motorized catamaran to Haines, where you will meet your wilderness guide. You will set out on a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has many highlights including Tlingit Indian cultural sites, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. During this Skagway cruise tour, keep an eye out for bald eagles, brown bears, and migratory birds.
Once you arrive at Chilkoot Lake State Park, take in the scenery as you board your Easy Rider Beluga two-person sea kayaks. The kayaks hold up to 500 pounds total and are easy to learn to handle. Your expert guide will show you the basics of paddling. Outfitted with the proper gear, you will soon be gliding silently along the shores of the lake. This pristine lake is uncrowded, and the scenery is spectacular. Huge waterfalls spill off of the cliffs surrounding the lake, lush green forests crowd the shoreline, and wildlife abounds. Pause at the base of one of these waterfalls, where your guide will reveal the secret workings of the rainforest. Beginning in July, sockeye salmon spawn in one of the clear streams that feed into the lake. Eagles and bears are often attracted to this spot, and you will be able to view all the activity from your kayak. Total time on the lake is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Paddle back to shore and enjoy a box lunch before driving back to Haines. Once back in Haines, board the high-speed catamaran for your journey back to Skagway. Return to your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.
Reviewer: Liz Young
This trip was fantastic. The guides, gear and sights were exceptional. Highly recommend to take this trip.
Reviewer: Theresa Bergman
Great excursion.... weather and scenery didn't disappoint.
Reviewer: mark rabin
Bree was awesome and really knows her kayaking stuff. It was lovely to get away from our the cruisers and have a peaceful and tranquil outing.
Brie, our guide, was experienced and our safety was addressed. Then we went out and had the most wonderful time on the lake. She showed us where to see Salmon fry and we even ate the tips of Sitka Spruces. It was exactly what we needed after a bit too many buses and crowds. I'd do it again in a minute. This excursion type and location was recommended to us by friends.