Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayak Tour - Haines
Chilkoot Lake State Park Kayaking & Wildlife Trip from Skagway AK
Break away from the crowds of Skagway for some unforgettable kayaking in a true naturalist's paradise: Haines, Alaska.
From Skagway, you will take a 45 minute trip on a motorized catamaran to Haines, where you will meet your wilderness guide. You will set out on a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has many highlights including Tlingit Indian cultural sites, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. During this Skagway cruise tour, keep an eye out for bald eagles, brown bears, and migratory birds.
Once you arrive at Chilkoot Lake State Park, take in the scenery as you board your Easy Rider Beluga two-person sea kayaks. The kayaks hold up to 500 pounds total and are easy to learn to handle. Your expert guide will show you the basics of paddling. Outfitted with the proper gear, you will soon be gliding silently along the shores of the lake. This pristine lake is uncrowded, and the scenery is spectacular. Huge waterfalls spill off of the cliffs surrounding the lake, lush green forests crowd the shoreline, and wildlife abounds. Pause at the base of one of these waterfalls, where your guide will reveal the secret workings of the rainforest. Beginning in July, sockeye salmon spawn in one of the clear streams that feed into the lake. Eagles and bears are often attracted to this spot, and you will be able to view all the activity from your kayak. Total time on the lake is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Paddle back to shore and enjoy a box lunch before driving back to Haines. Once back in Haines, board the high-speed catamaran for your journey back to Skagway. Return to your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure Skagway cruise excursion.
Reviewer: Lynn Schrum
The guide was knowledgeable and very personable. We had perfect weather and due to low booking got some one on one kayaking instructions. Great scenery but little in the way of wildlife sightings, overall we enjoyed this excursion and would consider going again.
Reviewer: Jan Bramble
This was an exceptional excursion. Being an actual Alaskan our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and very patient. We saw bear scat frequently on the road and path but did not get to see a bear. Interesting information about the salmon in the river and how they are counted. Going in the morning was perfect because it was only one other couple on the lake. The waterfalls are beautiful and the peacefulness was just what we needed. I would highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Liz Young
This trip was fantastic. The guides, gear and sights were exceptional. Highly recommend to take this trip.
Reviewer: Theresa Bergman
Great excursion.... weather and scenery didn't disappoint.
Reviewer: mark rabin