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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure

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    What to Expect
    The trip begins with a 45-minute catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords, which connect Skagway to Haines. Upon arrival in Haines, you will  meet your expert guide and enjoy 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.

    Arrive at the 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.

    In the summer months, a healthy resident population of bald eagles lives along the river. 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, brown and black bear, and even wolves, call this Preserve their home.

    You will spend approximately one and one half hours floating the river. After rafting, your guide will select a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to Haines and/or back to your ship in Skagway.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Departs from Skagway, AK
    Departure Time

    Tour time varies depending on the catamaran departure time to Haines. Tour operator will contact you with exact times.

    6h 30m
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Driver/guide
    • Local guide
    • Port pickup
    • Entry/Admission - Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age 7 years
    • Maximum weight 250 lbs.
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name. Hotel guests, please provide name of hotel for pick-up.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed September 1, 2019

    Had a great time with our guide Liz. We saw over 20 Bald Eagles on a very relaxing river float. Highly recommend!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank LSseetheworld
    Reviewed August 21, 2019 via mobile

    In general we had nice weather but we saw only a dozen or so eagles. the scenery was beautiful. The raft guide, Liz, was an enthusiastic and competent naturalist who made the raft trip itself enjoyable. It is necessary to walk in water and Rainbow...More

    Thank adflanagan13
    Joe O, Owner at Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2019

    Thanks for your review. I'm glad you mentioned that the scenery was beautiful and that Liz is a qualified naturalist. We are very fortunate to have her on our team. As far as the number of eagles, a dozen is actually a pretty good number....More

    Reviewed June 21, 2019 via mobile

    I selected this for the opportunity to see eagles close up but we only saw 2 all trip and they were barely visible in the trees. I had much better sightings just on the bus Anchorage to Portage and then at Kenai. There was a...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Diane R
    RGAowner, Owner at Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2019

    I'm sorry to hear that our trip did not meet your expectations. This is a rafting trip in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The birds are wild and so the quality and number of eagle sightings vary with each trip. We do not advertise that...More

    Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the eagle preserve on the Chillikat river. Our guide, Dave, really made our time on the raft enjoyable! He was was humorous and educational at the same time. We both highly recommend this adventure; well worth...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Kilraen
    Joe O, Owner at Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2019

    I love that you said that Dave was both educational and humerous. We understand that folks like you are on vacation, not taking a college course, but that you want some good solid information about the Eagle Preserve. But its also important to present the...More

    Reviewed January 16, 2019

    I havre been traveling to Skagway for decades to visit family. This past summer we decided to take a tour to see the Eagle Preserve. What an amazing, fun, educational tour! We enjoyed every moment.

    Date of experience: July 2018
    Thank Christopher N
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    January 17, 2019|
    Response from Christopher N | Reviewed this property |
    Hello, Transportation was included. I was not on a cruise so do not know the time table. I would check with the cruise line.
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