SKG-277 – Chilkat Bald Eagle Raft Trip

A Family Friendly Tour
raft_3Chilkat River through the world famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. This exciting adventure takes you through the site of the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagles.

Your trip begins with a high speed catamaran cruise across Lynn Canal (really a fjord, not a canal at all, but unfortunately misnamed). You’ll enjoy a Nature tour through the “Valley of the Eagles” to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve where you’ll meet your river guide. The preserve is 48,000 acres dedicated to the preservation of the Bald Eagle Habitat by the state of Alaska. Your experienced & enthusiastic river guide will then take you on your adventure of discovery through the Alaskan wilderness of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve on one of our safe inflatable rafts.

Along the way your professional guide will inform and entertain you about the natural history of the area, Chilkat Indian Heritage, and Alaskan stories. Each fall thousands of Bald Eagles gather along the Chilkat Valley to feast on late runs of spawning salmon, however there are numerous summer residents as well and you will be able to observe them in their natural habitat. Your guide is an expert in spotting wildlife and you may observe brown bears, black bears, wolves, trumpeter swans and moose. Don’t leave your camera behind for this adventure!

Be prepared to see the natural wonders of the magnificent Chilkat Valley of the Eagles with its stunning mountain peaks and icy blue glaciers. The Chilkat Natives have lived here for thousands of years and you will learn to appreciate their way of life and their concern to preserve this bountiful river valley.
Be prepared to see the natural wonders of the magnificent Chilkat Valley of the Eagles with its stunning mountain peaks and icy blue glaciers. The Chilkat Natives have lived here for thousands of years and you will learn to appreciate their way of life and their concern to preserve this bountiful river valley.
Since there is no white water, this float trip can be experienced by everyone. raft2The entire trip takes approximately 5.5 hours from Skagway. Bring your camera and sense of adventure! We supply rubber boots & life jackets and rain ponchos when necessary. Please bring an extra pair of socks, gloves and wear layers of clothing. You may want to bring rain gear or waterproof jackets.

At the conclusion of your trip, we’ll see that you have a brief time to shop in some of our excellent shops and galleries before your departure back to Skagway.

See New York Times Travel Section article about Haines listing this excursion

Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Visitors Comments

Aloha from Hawaii………I wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much we enjoyed the raft trip that we tookRafting Chilkat in Haines, Alaska that we had booked thru you. The people we met from the raft operation were incredibly professional and by the end of our trip we felt like part of their family. Once we had re-boarded our cruise ship in Skagway and compared notes with those that had booked their raft trip thru the ship’s shore excursion desk, it was clear that we had made a wise choice in booking our trip directly with you and your Haines’ tour operator. The personal touch provide by the Haines operator was great and we will recommend them to any friends we know making a trip to Alaska. In the future if we have a need for further excursions within Alaska or the Northwest, we will certainly make a call to Dolly Varden. I realize that you are only as good as the tour operators with whom you are associated and hope that the others you work with are as good as the Haines’ group.

Aloha and Mahalo,

Paul and Patti Robinson, HI


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