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: Amy Hale
First, let me start by saying that Chilkoot lake is gorgeous, so peaceful and a great way to escape the cruise crowds. The process was easy for meeting the tour company and getting to the lake. Unfortunately, a guide can make or break a trip and our guide, though thorough and safety conscious, wasn't very charismatic or accommodating when we wanted to take photos of the many eagles on the creek. We had to ask for information instead of her offering it up, like most guides do. We just feel like for the amount of money we spent and based on the reviews here, we were underwhelmed.
Reviewer: SHERI SIRMANS
Our experience with the kayak tour was amazing. Our tour guide was very personable and informing. This was one of our favorite parts of the trip
Reviewer: Jitinard Wongwaiwit
That day the place was for only our group of 4 people. All view were unforgettable.
Reviewer: Ashley Berning
I loved this excursion, it was remote and the scenery was breathtaking! The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and personable. If you are looking to get away from the crowd and see the beauty of what Alaska has to offer, this excursion is for you!
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.