Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing from Haines

Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Tour from Haines (Chilkoot Lake State Park)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience Chilkoot Lake State Park, home to snowy peaks, turquoise waters, and diverse wildlife on your small-group drive from Haines.
  • Get expert guidance from a professional naturalist for the best wildlife-spotting locations and understand the intricate Chilkoot ecosystem.
  • Be mesmerized by bursts of wildflowers in May-July, spot nesting bald eagles, and witness brown bears during the August salmon run.
  • Equipped with binoculars and spotting scopes, get a closer look at harbor seals, bald eagles, and possibly even brown bears.
  • Limited spots available! Secure your booking now to experience Alaska's breathtaking landscapes and wildlife.
Price: $125.00
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. Guest are recommended to bring an extra pair of socks, a hat and gloves. Consider bringing a waterproof bag to safeguard cameras and other items you prefer to keep dry during the excursion. Please bring a reusable water bottle as water refills will be provided periodically throughout the tour.
Restrictions This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk over uneven terrain, and steps to board transportation. Children under 7 and guests over 300 pounds may not participate. For raft assignment, please indicate if there is anyone in your party that weighs between 250 and 300 pounds.

Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing from Haines

Join your naturalist guide for an intimate small-group driving tour, limited to a maximum of 14 guests, to explore the picturesque and wildlife-abundant Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park boasts a stunning combination of elements- from a turquoise lake embraced by snow-capped mountain peaks to a river brimming with salmon that merges into the sea, all complemented by significant Tlingit cultural sites. Depending on the season, you may have the chance to spot bald eagles, harbor seals, and brown bears in this captivating locale.

Upon arriving in Haines, rendezvous with your guide and board a comfortable vehicle for a scenic half-hour drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. If your visit falls in May, June, or July, relish the sight of wildflowers in full bloom, while eagles diligently attend to their young in nests. Transitioning into late July, witness the river teem with migrating salmon, drawing harbor seals upstream for spawning. As the salmon numbers increase, so does the likelihood of spotting bears along the river, particularly from early August through late September. Your guide, well-versed in optimal scenic stops and safe wildlife viewing locations, ensures a memorable experience. Additional binoculars are provided for your convenience throughout the tour.

In the event of wildlife sightings, the guide will promptly stop the vehicle and set up a powerful spotting scope for everyone to use. During these encounters, the guide takes the opportunity to explain the behavior of the animal, prioritizing the safety of all participants. While the area boasts scenic and pristine nature, it's essential to note that wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, emphasizing the unpredictable and natural aspect of the surroundings. Even if wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, your guide remains committed to enhancing your experience. Your guide will assist in identifying the vegetation and flowers, discuss the area's Ice Age geology, and explain the interconnectedness within the Chilkoot's rainforest ecosystem. This ensures a comprehensive understanding of the natural environment, offering valuable insights regardless of wildlife encounters.

Don't forget to bring your camera to seize the multitude of photo opportunities during the tour.

Please Note: Brown bear sightings are not expected before the salmon run begins in August. While this tour goes through prime wildlife habitat, it's important to note that wildlife sightings, including brown bears, cannot be guaranteed.