Rafting with Bald Eagles (from Skagway)

Raft Through Chiklat Bald Eagle Preserve

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Travel by ferry from Skagway to Haines, home to one of the largest bald eagle concentrations in the world, for a scenic rafting float trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.  In the summer months, a healthy resident population of bald eagles makes this their habitat as the begin feasting on salmon during the fall and winter.

Your cruise excursion adventure begins here...

Day 1

Arrive in Haines where you will meet your wilderness guide and set out on a riverside drive along the Haines Highway. The drive is incredibly scenic: glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colorful wildflowers line the road, green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear, and trumpeter swans. The highway was declared a National Scenic Byway in 2009.

Travel to a river in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, approximately 45-minutes away. Don your life jackets, listen to your guide’s safety talk, board the raft, and leave the road and civilization behind. You are immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating the silent river channels.

Your expert guide will push the raft along, explaining the intricate balance of nature that makes this a unique and special place. You do not have to paddle; your hands are free for your camera and binoculars. Keep an eye out for other wildlife besides bald eagles; moose, otters, bears, and even wolves call this preserve their home.

After spending approximately 1.5-hours floating down the river, your guide will select a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to Haines.  Return to Skagway by ferry to meet your ship for departure.

Amenities, nearby adventures and more...

  • Meet and greet at the cruise terminal
  • Roundtrip ferry passage between Skagway and Haines
  • Private roundtrip transportation in Haines
  • Services of a professional wilderness guide
  • Privately guided rafting tour with all necessary gear
  • Picnic lunch

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