Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Haines
Treat yourself to a small group rafting and scenic driving tour through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
After meeting your expert guide, you will experience an enjoyable riverside drive along the Haines Highway. The drive is incredibly scenic: glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colorful wildflowers line the road, green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear and trumpeter swans. The highway was declared a National Scenic Byway in 2009. Arrive at the river in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, approximately 45 minutes away.
After boarding your raft, you'll enjoy a scenic raft trip down the Chilkat River through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home of the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles. You are immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating the silent river. As there are no rapids (white water) on the river, it makes for a very relaxing float. Depending on the flow of the river, the float portion lasts about 1 1/2 hours.
Along the way, your professional guide will inform and entertain you with the natural history of the area, Chilkat Indian Heritage, and Alaskan stories. The number of eagles you will see is very dependent on the food available to the eagles (i.e. the fish runs). During the early months of the summer season you will often see parent eagles sitting on nests, eaglets in nests and the parent eagles flying to the nest with food for their young. Thousands of bald eagles travel here to feed on salmon in the fall and winter. During very warm days, the eagles are often seen catching the thermals and soaring above the mountain peaks.
Paddling is not required, as your expert guide will push the raft along, explaining the intricate balance of nature that makes this a unique and special place. As they are experts in spotting wildlife, and you may observe brown bears, black bears, wolves, otters, trumpeter swans and moose. Don't leave your camera behind for this adventure!
After rafting, your guide will select a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to Haines.
We even saw a bear, even if they told us it’s not the usual it was amazing. We saw him befor we went on the raft. On the raft we saw a few bald eagles. The cruise was relaxing but it was very windy. So bring a few layers and gloves!
Reviewer: Patti Swoboda
The guide and the raft ride was wonderful. However, we only saw a handful of eagles high up in the sky. If I were to do this tour again, it would have to be during the salmon run.
Wonderful rafting trip. Smooth waters. Very scenic. Knowledgeable guide. Worth the time and great value.
Reviewer: Margaret Farthing
Wonderful 30 yr. old guide who rowed pontoon boat. He was an inspiration to my 13 year old grandson. What a life story. Accountant in Bellingham , Washington in winter; guide in Alaska during summer. Very knowledgeable about eagles. Well worth the money
Reviewer: David Guerin
We had a nice afternoon rafting down the river near Haines, Alaska. Our guide, Ashley, was an excellent ambassador for the area and was both friendly and well-informed. All tour organizers were friendly and made it an enjoyable time. Water is very calm, this is not a white water rapids excursion. We did spot some bald eagles, though from a bit of a distance. Come more for the relaxing journey in nature.