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Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayak Tour

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This tour operates from May through September.
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Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayak Tour

After disembarking your cruise ship in Haines, you and your small group 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 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 filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
This tour departs from your hotel lobby (hotel must be within a 3-mile radius of downtown Haines) or the ship pier. Please enter the name of your hotel at the time of booking if you require hotel pick up services. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Turkey sandwich on organic whole wheat bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie and bottled water. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
Dress in layers appropriate for changing weather conditions and temperatures. The outside layer should be waterproof. Sensible waterproof walking shoes/boots with traction are highly recommended.
Tour is not wheelchair accessible. There is walking over uneven terrain, and steps to board transportation. Minimum age is seven years old.
5 Stars5Based On 10 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsKayak TripSeptember 01, 2019

Reviewer: Brenda Frahm
This was a fantastic excursion. We were in the kayaks very quickly and went quite a distance on the lake. The guides took us to a place where you could see thousands of salmon spawning. Very enjoyable. Would definitely reccomend this trip.

4 StarsChilkoot kayakingAugust 23, 2019

Reviewer: Anne
The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly and we felt safe the whole time. While we paddled a good bit to view different sights, it is a huge lake and we never left sight of the dock. It would've been nice to see what was around the bend.

5 StarsFantastic experience July 04, 2019

Reviewer: Vicky Hu
Our first Kayak experience in Alaska. The tour guides Paterson and Aly were very helpful. They led us to the beautiful scenic area and we saw many wild animals including bald eagles. The sandwich lunch was perfect after a great workout on the lake. Paterson is very knowledgeable about what he is doing. Great excursion and we are so happy that we had this memorable trip for our life.

5 StarsKayak tour chilkootAugust 27, 2018

Reviewer: Lauren Rich
The guides were terrific!

5 StarsGorgeous Day on the LakeJuly 16, 2018

Reviewer: Disaster Guy
We were very fortunate that it was an absolutely beautiful day in Haines upon our cruise ship arrival. The meet-up was close to the dock and the shore coordination was excellent; we were met by friendly team, signed in, and ready for short drive to the lake. Our guide, Zephyr, was cordial, very informative, ensured we were each safe, comfortable with equipment use, and felt included (no one was left to dawdle). Very good, not overly-worn safety equipment. Not too strenuous a day rowing in absence of wind or current. And my wife especially appreciated not being rushed -- this was, after all, a day far, far away from the office. Our guide did good job making up for absence of wild animal sitings -- 2 or 3 weeks prior to salmon running for bears and eagles to be on the lake. Still a great experience -- Thank you, Zephyr and team and our fellow kayakers.

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