Leave the crowds of Skagway behind and visit Chilkoot Lake State Park in Haines. Your Skagway port tour begins with a high-speed catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords which connect Skagway to Haines. Over a dozen unnamed waterfalls drop hundreds of feet from both sides of the boat. Upon arrival in Haines, you will meet your expert naturalist guide for a drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park.
This park has it all: a turquoise lake surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and important Tlingit cultural sights. Bald eagles, harbor seals, and brown bears are often seen here.
Beginning in late July, the river fills with migrating salmon, while brown bears come down to the river's edge to feed. As the number of salmon in the river increases, the likelihood of seeing bears down along the river increases, with a good probability of bear sightings from mid-August through late September.
As you drive through the park, your guide knows the best places to stop for scenery and the possibility of wildlife spotting. Your guide is equipped with a powerful spotting scope to bring the wildlife in close, and your guide will help interpret the behavior of the various wildlife and explain how the animals fit into the Chilkoot's complex ecosystem. Make sure you bring your camera to take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities.
PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the ferry schedule between Haines and Skagway, you may also have some extra time to explore the quaint downtown area of Haines. Round-trip fast ferry cost is included in the price of all departures of this tour.
This tour requires a minimum of two to operate.
Good excursion. Learned a lot from the guide about living in the wilderness in Alaska and how harsh the winters can be. Didn't see any bears, but lots of Bald Eagles, Salmon and water foul. Nice scenery!!
Reviewer: John A. Griffith
Great experience got to see bears and eagles the the wild, luncheons was a little disappointing, but still a great excursion.
Reviewer: mark rabin
Oh my, where do I begin!! BEST excursion ever. Our guide was friendly, knowledgable, accommodating--everything you would want for a perfect excursion.
We had a fantastic time on this excursion! The ferry to Haines would have been very scenic but the weather was terrible so we could not really see the scenery. When we got to Haines we were met by our guide, Sheryl, who was extremely personable and informative. She told us details of the life she leads subsistence fishing and hunting and growing things and how she stores things for the winter. She took us to see some interesting areas with eagles' nests and had a spotting scope so that we could view the juvenile eagles closely. She explained the habits of a mother bear and her two cubs who live in the area, and after driving to some of their favorite spots, we were able to see them! We were able to watch them cavorting on the side of the river and in the forest and were able to drive to different spots to view them for long periods of time. It was thrilling! She was a great guide and we had a wonderful time despite the rain!!