Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing from Haines

Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Tour from Haines (Chilkoot Lake State Park)
Price: $121.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration 2 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, 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 Not Included
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 wheelchair accessible. There is walking over uneven terrain, and steps to board transportation.

Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing from Haines

After disembarking your cruise ship in Haines, your small group will meet your expert naturalist guide for a small-group driving tour to scenic and wildlife-rich Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has it all: a turquoise lake surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and important Tlingit cultural sights. Bald eagles, harbor seals, and brown bears are often seen here.

As you drive through the park, your guide knows the best places to stop for scenery and the possibility of wildlife spotting.

Supplied with extra binoculars and a powerful spotting scope to bring the wildlife in close, your guide explains how the animals fit into the Chilkoot's complex ecosystem.

May, June, and July feature an explosion of wildflowers with bald eagles nesting along the lush river. Beginning in August, pink salmon-the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon varieties-begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. This is the best opportunity to see brown bear as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river.

Make sure to bring your camera to take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities!

Please Note: Brown bear sightings are unlikely to occur until the salmon begin running in August. Although this tour passes through excellent wildlife habitats sightings of wildlife, including brown bears cannot be guaranteed. This tour requires a minimum number of 4 guests to book and can accommodate 14 guests in total.

4.5 Stars4.5 / 5  |  2 ReviewsReview This Tour
Loved Haines
September 20, 2022
Our cruise was diverted from Skagway to Haines. Once we saw the smaller town, we were very glad. It seemed less "touristy" and more authentic. Our guide on the Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing tour was a delightful local man that was not only knowledgeable, but obviously involved in and proud of his community. We were fortunate to see lots of Eagles, seals and even a Mama bear with 4 cubs at the river. It was a wonderful experience!
Reviewer: Stacy Gestring
5 Stars
Great tour
June 16, 2022
Absolutely beautiful
Reviewer: Ramsey Naffa Naffa
4 Stars