Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Tour

Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Tour in Haines (Chilkoot Lake State Park)
Price: $165.00
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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 A turkey sandwich on organic whole wheat bread, fruit, and a freshly baked cookie are included. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available with advance notice.
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 Tour is not wheelchair accessible. There is walking over uneven terrain, and steps to board transportation.

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 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 at Chilkoot State Park 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.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  8 ReviewsReview This Tour
Wildlife Viewing Tour
October 14, 2019
Amazing Beautiful country & wildlife Excellent guide
Reviewer: Bill Kostuk
5 Stars
Best wildlife viewing of our cruise
October 04, 2019
Bears and bald eagles
Reviewer: Jeri
5 Stars
Fantastic driver
September 27, 2019
What a wonderful trip. A very knowledgeable driver/escort. Saw a lot of wildlife with many stops for picture taking. I also have dietary restrictions and these were met when lunch was presented. A very enjoyable trip.
Reviewer: Carol Kinnear
5 Stars
Wonderful tour
July 09, 2018
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.
Reviewer: George Farley
5 Stars
Great excursion
September 22, 2017
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!
Reviewer: Joni Plourd
5 Stars
Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Tour
December 06, 2016
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!
Reviewer: John
4 Stars