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Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Tour

Price: $135.00
This tour operates from May through September.
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Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Tour

After disembarking your cruise ship in Haines, your small group will meet your expert naturalist guide for a drive to 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.

In May, June and July, the wildflowers are at their peak and bald eagles are busy caring for their young on the nest.

Beginning in late July, the river fills with migrating salmon, while brown bears come down to the river's edge to feed. As the number of salmon in the river increases, the likelihood of seeing bears down along the river increases, with a good probability of bear sightings from mid-August through late September.

As you drive through the park, your guide knows the best places to stop for scenery and the possibility of wildlife spotting. Your guide is equipped with a powerful spotting scope to bring the wildlife in close, and your guide will help interpret the behavior of the various wildlife and explain how the animals fit into the Chilkoot's complex ecosystem. Make sure you bring your camera to take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
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.
5 Stars5Based On 5 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsWonderful tourJuly 09, 2018

Reviewer: George Farley
Our guide narrated our trip very well. We were able to see bald eagles, and a brown bear close up. Loved Lake Chilkoot-serene. Enjoyed being in a small van with great fellow travelers.

5 StarsGreat excursionSeptember 22, 2017

Reviewer: Joni Plourd
We had a great time with our excursion, despite rainy weather on our way there on the ferry. The guide for our special trip Nate was really great and we loved his enthusiasm and knowledge. We saw eagles, bears and salmon. Would highly recommend!

4 StarsChilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing TourDecember 06, 2016

Reviewer: John
My wife and I were the only ones on the tour, so we really did get special treatment. In the short period with our guide, we saw bear, salmon, eagles and a glacier. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very laid back and very intent on making sure we got the best from our tour. At the same time, she was very keen to not interfere with nature. Though we did get very close to some bear, we did so in such a way that we did not impact their normal activities or give them any cause for alarm. A VERY enjoyable day!

5 StarsEnjoyed this tourOctober 03, 2016

Reviewer: Bonnie Marcus
This was a nice tour. We saw bear, salmon, eagles and beautiful scenery. They provided a box lunch of a good sandwich, apple and cookie and a bottle of water. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

5 StarsRainbow Glacier AdventuresJuly 14, 2016

Reviewer: E. Fleming
Our tour was wonderful! Our driver/narrator/naturalist was Carolyn, a gentle and appealing woman who had a flexible agenda for the 16 of us on her little bus. The 3 kids gradually began to stick right near her, and she was happy to answer questions and point out wild flowers and the many bald eagles fishing or sitting in the trees. We all loved this tour.

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