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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Skagway

Price: $237.00
This tour operates from May through September.
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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting Tour

Treat yourself to a small group rafting and scenic driving tour through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. This Skagway day trip begins with a 45 - minute ferry ride along the steep-walled fjords connecting Skagway to Haines. Over a dozen unnamed waterfalls drop hundreds of feet from the cliff sides on both sides of the boat. During this Skagway excursion, Marvel at the scenery and look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and a variety of seabirds.

Upon arrival in Haines, meet your expert guide and enjoy a 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 on the Alaska cruise excursion 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. Board the Fast Ferry to Skagway and return to your ship with memories of an unforgettable Skagway shore excursion adventure.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours 30 Minutes
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Turkey sandwich with a bottled water and snack.
Dress 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.
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 is over uneven ground. Children under 7, and guests over 300 pounds cannot participate. For raft assignment, please indicate if there is anyone in your party that weighs between 250 and 300 pounds. All guests are required to sign a waiver before departing Skagway.
5 Stars5Based On 10 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsWhat an awesome experienceJuly 30, 2018

Reviewer: Merle and Sweitzer
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.

5 StarsChilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from SkagwayJuly 22, 2017

Reviewer: Yao-Chi Chen
The tour guide was nice. We didn't see other animals except the bald eagle this time. It's a little bit disappointing.

5 StarsUpdateNovember 07, 2016

Reviewer: Cheryl Kieth
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

5 StarsBeautiful seneryNovember 01, 2016

Reviewer: Serena Nyikes
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.

5 StarsVery relaxing tripJune 10, 2015

Reviewer: Shore Tripper
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

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