Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Tour - Haines
Leave the crowds of Skagway behind and visit Chilkoot Lake State Park in Haines. Your Skagway port tour begins with a high-speed catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords which connect Skagway to Haines. Over a dozen unnamed waterfalls drop hundreds of feet from both sides of the boat. Upon arrival in Haines, you 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.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the ferry schedule between Haines and Skagway, you may also have some extra time to explore the quaint downtown area of Haines. Round-trip fast ferry cost is included in the price of all departures of this tour.
This tour requires a minimum of two to operate.
Reviewer: Charlotte Scroggs
We docked in Skagway and a SEG representative was at the pier to direct us to the fast ferry to Haines. The ferry ride through the Lynn Canal was beautiful. Once docked in Haines, we met our guide to go into the Chilkoot wilderness where we saw eagles and other birds but the highlight was a momma brown bear with 3 cubs. We watched them eat and play for 30-45 minutes as they wandered up the river. We left to see other sights and eat a box lunch at the beautiful lake. Then we returned revisit the bears who had wandered up the river close to our new viewing location. We were close enough to get great pictures - even with cell phones. After watching them there for another 30-40 minutes, we left for a quick drive through Haines and another photo op before having to head back to the fast ferry and back to Skagway. It was a beautiful, warm day and a great excursion.
Reviewer: Ray Rumsey
Great private wildlife viewing tour, up close to salmon spawning and bear feeding in river. Scenic ferry ride to Haines from Skagway.
Reviewer: Natalie Paridy
While everyone was scurrying for the train tour (which was cancelled due to landslides), we were comfortable in our touring bus, stopping along the way to view and photograph grizzlies, spawning salmon and bald eagles with a tour through off beat areas of Skagway. The guide was great, box lunch was provided and the town of Skagway is amazing with wooden sidewalks...much less 'touristy' than Juneau.
Reviewer: Joni Plourd
We had a great time with Nate on our excursion, despite the rainy day on the way over on the ferry. Nate was a local and was knowledgable and we loved his style! We saw bears, eagles, trout swimming upstream and loved the scenery. Nate went out of his way to make sure all 4 of us had a great time!
Good excursion. Learned a lot from the guide about living in the wilderness in Alaska and how harsh the winters can be. Didn't see any bears, but lots of Bald Eagles, Salmon and water foul. Nice scenery!!