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Eagle Preserve Float

Eagle Preserve Float

Float through the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Enjoy a scenic float trip through the Chilkat Valley with great photo opportunities for Eagles and other wildlife amidst the grandeur of glaciated snow-capped peaks.

Tour Photos

  • Floating the Chilkat River through the Bald Eagle Preserve Floating the Chilkat River through the Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Abundant Bald Eagles feed on Salmon in the rivers. Abundant Bald Eagles feed on Salmon in the rivers.
  • Guide gives a safety talk before loading the rafts. Guide gives a safety talk before loading the rafts.
  • Professional & knowledgeable Guides Professional & knowledgeable Guides
  • Scenic Views of glaciated snow-capped peaks. Scenic Views of glaciated snow-capped peaks.
  • Great wildlife sightings & photo opportunities Great wildlife sightings & photo opportunities
  • Fun for the whole family! Fun for the whole family!
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 4 hours
Activity Level: Easy. Guests must be able to walk over loose gravel and dry river delta to board the rafts.
Min. Age: 7 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 350 lbs.
Food: Picnic style lunch.
Provided Equipment: Life jacket, rubber boots and ponchos
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear and an extra pair of socks.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: No expectant mothers past 20 weeks. Guests must be in good health.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

Your tour begins as you board a motorcoach for a relaxing 40-minute drive up the Haines Highway, a National Scenic Byway, to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You'll see historic Haines and Fort William H. Seward on this narrated drive. Watch for moose and swans in the marshlands as you head up the Chilkat River Valley.

At the preserve, experienced guides await to begin your rafting adventure (not whitewater). You'll float silently down the river aboard 18' inflatable rafts - the best way to observe eagles drawn to feed on the plentiful salmon. Bears and wolves are also frequent guests at the feast. Not only rich in wildlife, the preserve is also a place of incredible beauty, with towering mountains, hanging glaciers and lush forests. You will float past the Native village of Klukwan where the Tlingit people have lived for centuries on the bounty of this beautiful wilderness.

After your float, you'll enjoy a riverside picnic. Your tour concludes with a return ride to Haines, where you leave with a myriad of unforgettable memories.

Note: We are able accommodate dietary restrictions with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice, including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc.

(~15 minutes) -Your friendly guides will meet you near the Haines Cruise Ship Dock. Before hitting the road you will have the opportunity to get to know your guide and ask any questions that you might still have about your upcoming excursion.
(~45 minutes) -From here we’ll depart for a breathtaking drive up the Haines Scenic Byway to one of our rafting put-in’s.
(~20 minutes) - When you arrive at the put-in you’ll meet up the remainder of your guide team and swap out your shoes for rubber river boots. Your guides will provide you with a thorough safety briefing and you’ll don a PFD before boarding our stable 18’ rubber rafts for the float down the river.
(~90 minutes) - You’ll spend the next 90 minutes quietly exploring the scenic Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve by raft.
(~30 minutes) - Upon arrival at our river take-out you’ll be treated to a picnic style lunch with lemonade, hot cocoa and tea.
(~40 minutes) - A short drive back down the Haines Scenic Byway will bring you back to Haines where we’ll say goodbye to you and hope you’ll join us again on another adventure!
Where will I meet my guide?
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. You will meet your guide on the Southeast corner of the main cruise ship dock in Portage Cove. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my guides?
You guides are experts in the industry. They are fun, well-trained and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines and Skagway, Alaska with you! Our staff all go through extensive training and hold current first-aid (mostly WFR and WEMT) certification. Many of our guides also lead courses and guided expedition trips for us both in Alaska and throughout the world.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and non-flushing restrooms at the start/finish of your paddle or float.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What wildlife will I see?
Though wildlife can never be guaranteed, Bald Eagles, moose, all five types of Pacific salmon, brown and black bears frequent the area. Wildlife sightings depend on the time of the year and area within Haines where the excursion takes place. Your guides will choose the best locations to help you maximize your wildlife viewing opportunity.
Will there be any whitewater on the float?
No – there will be no whitewater or rapids on the float.
How much will I paddle?
None, you will enjoy your float aboard an 18’ oar rig raft. Your guides do all of the rowing which enables you to sit back and enjoy the float. The raft makes a very stable platform for photography and enjoying the views with your family. Is there a charge for infants (0-18 months)?
No, infants are not allowed. The minimum age to participate in the tour is 7 years old.

Booking Options

For increased availability and convenience, book through your cruise line today:


Or use our online booking system:

*Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.

Guest Comments


This float trip was as advertised. We had fun and saw so many eagles and even a Grizzly. The Guides were informative; helpful for the handicapped; good food. If you want to see our national bird and like gentle float trips---this is the one for you!!
- Stan

We had a fantastic time- all 3 generations of my family truly enjoyed the trip. Weather was beautiful, food was yummy, and we saw numerous Eagles. Our guide was knowledgeable and funny. Would recommend this to everyone!
- Mandy


Wilderness Kayak Adventure

Wilderness Kayak Adventure

Immerse yourself in the incredible beauty of wild Alaska on a kayaking adventure to Chilkoot Lake. This exciting paddle provides opportunities to see breathtaking glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife with knowledgeable guides.

Tour Photos

  • Incredible mountain views & waterfalls Incredible mountain views & waterfalls
  • Paddle fun, stable 3-person kayaks Paddle fun, stable 3-person kayaks
  • Guide loads guests into a triple kayak at our private dock Guide loads guests into a triple kayak at our private dock
  • Great opportunities for Bald Eagle sightings Great opportunities for Bald Eagle sightings
  • Glacier views on Chilkoot Lake Glacier views on Chilkoot Lake
  • Chilkoot Lake & River area offers frequent bear sightings during the summer Chilkoot Lake & River area offers frequent bear sightings during the summer
  • After kayaking, we'll stop off on a private ocean beach for a picnic lunch After kayaking, we'll stop off on a private ocean beach for a picnic lunch
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 4 hours
Activity Level: Moderate.
Modes of Travel: Van or bus, light walking, kayak
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 300 lbs.*
*Guests over 6'6" or 275 lbs. may not fit comfortably inside the kayaks.
Food: Picnic style lunch included.
Provided Equipment: Stable 3-person kayaks, paddles, life jackets, spray skirts, rain jackets
Recommended clothing: Rain gear and dress in layers for warmth.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Any pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guides.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

his spectacular kayaking adventure immerses you in the incredible beauty of wild Alaska! You will have the opportunity to see amazing blue glaciers, breathtaking waterfalls, and extraordinary wildlife and fauna!

Join professional kayak guides for an exciting paddling adventure on the gorgeous Chilkoot Lake. This is a fantastic paddle for all abilities and no experience is necessary.

Once you have arrived at the water you will receive a brief safety orientation, be outfitted with flotation vest and rubber boots, and get familiarized with your sea kayak. At least the next 1.5 hours will be spent enjoying the breath-taking scenery that Alaska is famous for!

You will be surrounded with towering mountains, glaciers, rivers, and fabulous wildlife. There are frequent sightings of whales, otters, eagles, bears, an more. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the incredible scenery, take pictures of of the astounding wildlife and enjoy the delicious picnic lunch! This is a great family experience and kids are welcome. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Trip includes transportation, all equipment including sea-kayak, paddles, flotation vest & rubber boots, expert guides & a picnic style lunch! The exact kayaking location may vary with weather conditions.

Note: We are able accommodate dietary restrictions with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice, including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc.

(~ 45 minutes) – Your friendly guides will meet you near the Port Chilkoot Cruise Ship Dock in Haines. Before departing you’ll be able to ask any questions that you might still have about your upcoming excursion and use the restrooms before you embark on the breathtaking interpretive drive by the historic Fort Seward on our way to Chilkoot Lake. Along the way to the lake we’ll drive along the Lynn Fjord and the Chilkoot River which hosts a salmon run that takes place from mid-summer thru fall.
(~ 15 minutes) – When we arrive at Chilkoot Lake you’ll have the opportunity to meet your other guides and take in the stunning views of the pristine lake. Your guides will help you get fit with a PFD (life jacket), spray skirt and paddle. You’ll then receive a thorough safety briefing and become familiar with your kayak and equipment before boarding your stable 3-person fiberglass kayak.
(~ 90 minutes) – We will then take off on a paddle exploration of Chilkoot Lake. Chilkoot Lake is surrounded by mountains and numerous waterfalls. Salmon also end their journey from the ocean here to spawn on the sandy bottom in late-summer. The lake is well-sheltered from the wind and makes for excellent kayaking regardless of the weather conditions.
(~ 50 minutes) – once we’ve paddled back to our dock you’ll have some free time to use the spotting scopes on our private deck to take in the views from a different perspective. We’ll then board our transportation and head down to the ocean for lunch.
(~ 30 minutes) – Our private ocean side picnic area, where you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch provides great views of the Lynn Fjord in a private setting.
(~ 10 minutes) – Once we wrap up with lunch we’ll head back over to our meeting point at the Port Chilkoot Dock which is a short walk from downtown and nearby shops and restaurants.
Where will I meet my guide?
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. You will meet your guide on the Southeast corner of the main cruise ship dock in Portage Cove. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my guides?
You guides are experts in the industry. They are fun, well-trained and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines and Skagway, Alaska with you! Our staff all go through extensive training and hold current first-aid (mostly WFR and WEMT) certification. Many of our guides also lead courses and guided expedition trips for us both in Alaska and throughout the world.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and non-flushing restrooms at the start/finish of your paddle or float.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?
Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative lunch options to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge.
Is there a charge for infants (0-18 months)?
No, infants are not allowed. The minimum age to participate in tour is 8 years old.

Booking Options

For increased availability and convenience, book through your cruise line today:


Or use our online booking system:

*Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included. See tour details for child pricing and further details.

Guest Comments


Even though I was nervous at the beginning, these guides made the experience fantastic. They were so much fun and knew a lot of information about Chilkoot Lake and Haines. This was my favorite tour so far! Thank you!
- Patrick M.

Hello! Just took a tour last week with your company. My daughters and I did a shore excursion to Haines, AK from our cruise ship. Our guide was Farid and I just wanted to let you all know that he was fantastic. We had the best time and took home family memories we will never forget. He also makes a mean Salmon snack!
- Deb, Jessica & Diana C.

This experience was just wonderful! Paul gave very informative information about the geology and bird and animal life in the area. Kylie and the other guide were very helpful in getting the safety gear on and operating the kayaks. Excellent pace and quantity of information along with time and quietness to enjoy nature. Ronnie added 'local living' information and gave a great tour or the town. Questions were encouraged and thoroughly answered. Very personable and genuine interest by all!
- Beverly C.

Oh My God, This trip was awesome! We were in awe. Corey was great. He had loads of information to share with us. You can tell he loves his job. We saw salmon, bear, eagles, and tons of beautiful scenery. We couldn't have chosen a better tour. We want to thank you for everything!!!
- Susie, John & Joe S.

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