Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Skagway

Outstanding Experience
September 15, 2023
We did this as part of our cruise in late August. What a fabulous experience we had. We saw about half a dozen eagles while on the float and another half a dozen to and from the river. Everything was top notch. We had a very nice weather day which helped our situation. Our group had 6 rafts and the rowers were very, very good going down the river. Highly recommend and best of luck for your sightings.
Reviewer: Eric Bush
5 Stars
Chilkat Bald Eagle rafting—-fabulous
September 04, 2023
This was a really great excursion. The ferry to Haines was gorgeous and fun. We were picked up at ferry dock and toured the area on our way to rafting start point. Driver and raft guide were both excellent and informative. The raft trip is very mellow surrounded by beautiful scenery and many eagles of all ages. Everything was seamless and we had a very enjoyable day.
Reviewer: Joan Watt
5 Stars
Fantastic trip
August 20, 2023
My wife and I had the best time. The operation was well run. We took the ferry to Haines and the company was there to meet us. Our guide was great. Lots of good stories. Underpins bald eagles, some less than 30 feet away. The views of the mountains were incredible. The raft was smooth. No rough water
Reviewer: Jeffrey Meyers
5 Stars
Eagle tour
August 14, 2022
My husband enjoyed this trip. I wasn't feeling well and stayed on the ship. He enjoyed the rafting portion. Was hoping to have seen more bald eagles but obviously this is out of your hands. He was disappointed that there were mechanical issues that delayed him getting back to the ship. He did appreciate that the people were helpful in getting him back before the time the ship departed.
Reviewer: Michelle Sauder
3 Stars
chilkat bald eagle preserve rafting from skagway
June 15, 2022
from the time i was met at the pier to the time i was dropped off at the ferry for return, the entire day was FANTASTIC! all personnel from rainbow glacier adventures were knowledgeable, friendly and very experienced. loved stopping along the way on the river to search for animal tracks. i highly recommend this alaskan adventure.
Reviewer: cynthia b luce
5 Stars
Raft float
August 26, 2019
This was a fantastic float down the river. Day was beautiful, saw many eagles and the scenery was awesome. Our guides on the ferry to Haines, the bus ride to the raft drop, and most certainly the rafting trip were terrific. They made the entire trip a fun experience. I’d recommend this to everyone. Great time.
Reviewer: Dave Gillo
5 Stars
What an awesome experience
July 30, 2018
It was a lovely day for a raft ride. Dave was an excellent guide. Was very informative, felt very comfortable and safe. Got to see several eagles and nests and enjoy the beauty of the river even though it was still merkey from the snow and glaciers. Our driver Jen was also very kind and informative.
Reviewer: Merle and Sweitzer
5 Stars
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Skagway
July 22, 2017
The tour guide was nice. We didn't see other animals except the bald eagle this time. It's a little bit disappointing.
Reviewer: Yao-Chi Chen
5 Stars
November 07, 2016
Thankful to say my excursion I couldn't take due issues was refunded. Jamie was very nice and most helpful with my situation. Thank you
Reviewer: Cheryl Kieth
5 Stars
Beautiful senery
November 01, 2016
Although we did not see any wildlife on our rafting trip my family thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The ferry ride over from Skagway was beautiful. Our guide on the river ride was very knowledgeable about the river and it's history.
Reviewer: Serena Nyikes
5 Stars
Very relaxing trip
June 10, 2015
We enjoyed our trip to Chilkat preserve. We were the only people in the raft that held 8. We knew it was not eagle season, but however we saw a few eagles in nests and had the most relaxing time we have had in a long time and we would recommend it to anyone
Reviewer: Shore Tripper
5 Stars
What a tour!!
September 28, 2014
Andy and his Dad were fantastic guides! The raft tour was unbelievable with the sighting of more than 40 eagles, we saw a brown bear on the side of the creek and even saw young eagles in their nest along the creekside. We learned quite a bit about Alaska from Andy. He was warm and felt like we already knew him. He was a very skilled tour guide and rafter and would love to take this tour again!
Reviewer: Mark and Di
5 Stars
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting Tour
August 02, 2014
We were so lucky to be able to get in on this rafting tour (with Rainbow Glacier Adventures) on our recent cruise to Alaska. We met Eric Kocher our guide and Jim Wilson on the dock in Haines and right off we knew we were in for a true Alasaka experience. We were the only two on the tour so it was certainly quiet and personal. I had been a rafting guide in the interior of Alaska over twenty years ago so I knew what to expect, but I had forgotten how remote you can get when you get away from the crowds (which can be sort of hard to do on a cruise trip). But our driver Jim filled us in on some of the local history and Eric introduced us to the preserve and talked about the wildlife. The real treat was just to sit back and absorb the character, sights, sounds, and fresh air of this wonderful place. The guides were very personable and friendly and told us all kinds of stories about Haines. We even got to see the Hammer Museum. All in all, five star service and a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks Eric, Jim, and Barbara
Reviewer: smjr
5 Stars
Great adventure, even in a downpour
July 31, 2014
Guides were very skilled and knowledgeable, and gear supplied was high quality. Saw several eagles despite the inclement weather. This was the 3rd or 4th day of rain and the rivers were swollen and very fast. Would love to repeat this on a warm, sunny day in August!
Reviewer: Foxybirder
4 Stars
Great adventure!!
July 31, 2014
It is great ! But it is luck what you see out there.
Reviewer: Lore
4 Stars
Do the ""Chilkat shuffle""!
July 21, 2014
Our river trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was a great excursion. Our guide was an expert not only on Eagles, but on the river system, navigating the shallow flows & changing currents, all-season living in Alaska, and relating to all ages & types of people. It was nice to be in a 2-raft group rather than a larger group of 4-5 rafts... more personal and relaxing. And the ""Chilkat shuffle""? When the water's shallow and the river rocks are holding the raft... everybody bounces up & down on their seat for a bit and it frees-up the raft. Fun!
Reviewer: All-Spartan Crew
5 Stars