Scenic Skagway Float
Scenic Rafting Float Trip on Taiya River in Skagway, Alaska
Setting out from the downtown area on your family-friendly Scenic Skagway Float excursion, enjoy a 10-mile drive along the coast to the beautiful Dyea Valley, home to an old gold rush settlement, which has now returned to nature. On the drive to the float tour, you may spot seals and eagles, and your driver will share some information on the area's history and nature. See the start of the famous Chilkoot Trail where thousands journeyed in pursuit of gold.
Upon arrival at the put-in location, you will get your flotation vest and your rubber boots before boarding the rubber raft with your captain/guide. Along with your group of at most 11 guests, you will sit back and let your guide do the paddling. On this Skagway cruise excursion, your guide will point out wildlife and native plants, and tell stories of the area's fascinating history as you float down the gentle Taiya River. Float time is approximately 40 to 45 minutes on the river, depending on the current. After the rafting, enjoy a riverside snack.
Time permitting, you will also stop at the Skagway scenic overlook for a panoramic view of the town after the float tour.
Please Note: Rubber boots are provided on this tour as there will be a few inches of wading in water required to board the raft.
We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. My mother-in-law is 75 and not in great shape, so I was concerned that she might have difficulty with the tour or not enjoy it. She LOVED it! It was a little challenging getting her in and out of the raft, but the guys on the tour helped her and she managed just fine. The float down the river was positively dreamy and required zero effort from us. The scenery was spectacular. The guys on the tour were really friendly and kind. My only desire was that it would have lasted a bit longer. The snacks at the end of the tour were a nice touch.
Skagway River Float The float itself was okay, but slightly underwhelming. Getting there: Our tour guide met us right at the end of dock so that was easy. Based on other floats that we’ve done, I think we expected it to be a little more scenic considering that it was in the Alaskan wilderness. We did see a seal & a bald eagle while we were on the river, but overall it felt like we were on a generic river. Not particularly scenic. We had good weather for our float. The tour provided boots for getting in & out of the river & we remained dry throughout our journey. Our guide Sam was very nice and knowledgeable. He saved what could have been a disappointing excursion. He not only a knew a lot about the river, but also the town and the local history. The rest of the support staff was also very nice.
Reviewer: Jan Howell-Spiesman
Perfect way to enjoy Skagway. Our tour guide was very informative and the scenery was beautiful!
Reviewer: Chris Golden
I would highly recommend this trip and booking through shore excursions. We will always remember this trip as great.
Our float trip on Sep 8 was one of the highlights of our Alaska trip. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and expert when operating the craft. He and his associate made sure that our trip was all we wanted it to be.