After disembarking your cruise ship in Haines, you and your small group 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 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 filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.
Reviewer: Kirk Antes
Allison took us out on Chilkoot lake, located about 15 minutes north of town. It was WELL worth the $. We were graced with a crystal clear sky and there were only about 4 other boats doing catch/release salmon fishing. We skirted the edge of the 3.5x1.5 mile lake then crossed across to the other side to check out a stream where the salmon were running. The most relaxed I have been in a very long time. A lot of fun and Allison was a very knowledgeable tour guide. Lunch was provided after the kayak tour and all was perfect! A highlight of our cruise/tour.
Reviewer: Leona Frost
Love it! The tour guides did not tell us how to work the rudder in the kayaks but after we figured that out we really enjoyed all of the time on the water.
Reviewer: Daniel Lueck
Miriam and Greg were great A lot of good information and fun
Reviewer: Todd Howell
This was our favorite excursion on our week long Alaskan Cruise. Our guides were year round residents of Haines and amazingly knowledgable on the wildlife and living year round in Alaska. We started having wildlife spottings (a porpoise in the bay, and mother bear fishing with her cub in the river) before we even got to the lake. Chilkoot Lake was beautiful and kayaking was exhilarating. Can't recommend this excursion and company highly enough. The town and fort are are also nice to stroll throw...especially the fort area.
Reviewer: Looking for adventure
Very pleased with tour. A tour guide was very knowledgeable & pleasant. Even tho we didn't see any bears during this experience kayaking around the lake it was nice to be part of a smaller group than the ones organised by the cruise ships. Sure we had a more relaxing & serine experience. We got to paddle further & for longer. Would recommend this small local company as a better experience than the big crowded cruise organised ones.