Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Skagway

Chilkat River Rafting Excursion through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve from Skagway, Alaska
Price: $263.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Active
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? If you are arriving by cruise ship, this tour departs from the cruise ship pier. If you are staying in a hotel in Haines, custom pick-up is provided from hotels (within a 3-mile radius of downtown Haines). 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 For all tours in Alaska, we recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible walking shoes that may get wet are also suggested. 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 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.

Raft Skagway on the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve 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 cliffs 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 eagle preserve float adventure.

4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  13 ReviewsReview This Tour
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