Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Haines

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting in Haines
Price: $169.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Custom pick-up is provided from hotels (must be within a 3-mile radius of downtown Haines) or the ship pier. Please enter your desired pick-up location above.
Food/Beverage Provided A turkey sandwich on organic whole wheat bread, fruit, and a freshly baked cookie are included. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
Recommended Dress We recommend dressing in layers appropriate for changing weather conditions and temperatures. The outside layer should be waterproof. Rubber boots will be provided, and rain ponchos will be available. Guests should bring an extra pair of socks, and it is helpful to have hats and light gloves. A waterproof bag is suggested for cameras and other items you do not want getting wet. Please bring a reusable water bottle as water refills will be provided periodically throughout the tour.
Restrictions This tour is not recommended for guests in wheelchairs. Guests must be able to step in and out of raft without a railing. To reach the river, guests must travel over uneven ground. Children under 7 and guests over 300 pounds may not participate. For raft assignment, please indicate if there is anyone in your party that weighs between 250 and 300 pounds.

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, and 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 40 minutes away.

After boarding your raft, you'll enjoy a scenic raft trip down the Chilkat River through the famous Haines Eagle Preserve, home of the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles. You are immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating in 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, or eaglets in nests as the parent eagles fly to the nests 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 lunch on your way back to Haines.

4.5 Stars4.5 / 5  |  11 ReviewsReview This Tour
Rafting with the eagles
September 09, 2019
A very pleasant trip with a great guide who was exceptionally knowledgeable about the area and the excursion.
Reviewer: Buster Bradberry
5 Stars
September 06, 2019
Good for anyone to partake , no paddling involved. the guide was interesting young man ,he did all the work . We saw a few eagles but nothing spectacular.
Reviewer: Fran Lewis
3 Stars
River rafting in Bald Eagle Preserve
September 04, 2019
I highly recommend doing this when you visit Haines, Alaska. Its a very beautiful river with lots of scenery around you. We saw eagle nests and bald eagles flying over us. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to take lots of photos. It was an enjoyable experience.
Reviewer: Janice Bradley
5 Stars
Windy but nice
July 30, 2018
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: Alexandra
4 Stars
Bald Eagle Preserve
June 29, 2018
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.
Reviewer: Patti Swoboda
3 Stars
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Haines
June 25, 2018
Wonderful rafting trip. Smooth waters. Very scenic. Knowledgeable guide. Worth the time and great value.
Reviewer: HP
5 Stars