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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

#7 of 38 things to do in Haines Features Animals
Miles 8 Thru 31 Haines Highway, Haines, AK
+1 907-314-0340
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One of the best places to view the bald eagle.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“float trip” (15 reviews)
Miles 8 Thru 31 Haines Highway, Haines, AK
+1 907-314-0340
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is unique! Thank goodness it is preserved. Pristine beauty and nature at its best! The river is beautiful, the trees are superb and the mountains are breathtaking !

Thank 1957Paul1957
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the rafting trip right before the salmon runs. We still saw quit a few eagles. There where gorgeous views and the guides were extremely knowledgeable. It was a low key slow float. It should be on your must do list.

Thank Wayne G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Relaxing float down the Chilkat. Tom Evans was outstanding as our guide. He worked hard rowing us down river, told good stories about the river, the Preserve, Alaska history, pointed out the huge eagle nests & of course eagles perched in the trees. Tom &...More

Thank shnola
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did see some eagles, but not as many as we had hoped for. But the area was wild and beautiful and we did see bears and moose

Thank Lonny53
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful work done here. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is my aversion to seeing the huge eagles penned. It's a large enclosure and were told the birds have issues that would NOT allow them to survive in the wild, but my anthropomorphic...More

Thank MarJeaNic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An early start for the trip from Skagway to Haines to visit the eagle preserve, but well worth it. It was cold out on the river so take up the offer of extra layers and waterproofs! Really enjoyed this trip and whilst we didn't see...More

1  Thank Curtiscymraeg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to take a leisurely raft float and take in beautiful scenery then take this trip. Saw a few eagles and learned a little about the area. Glad we went.

1  Thank Bob C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were perhaps a little early in the season - so no bears, but eagles, swans, the sound of the river, and great views. Great weather made a difference.

Thank Saley69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was phenomenal. Tom Lang met us at the dock in Haines with his warmth and inviting personality which was just the prelude to an awesome tour. We saw bald eagles and mountain goats. View were inspiring and staff was wonderful. This is a must...More

Thank 999happytraveler2015
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This place was wonderful place to see animals of all types. We saw bear 7 moose eagles and other animals.

Thank Howard H
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Please let me know the tour company that provided this tour. Also, did you book it through a cruise ship co or, through a land tour operator, or with someone else? Thanks, Ken
17 September 2016|
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Response from Paula A | Reviewed this property |
Holland American
Are eagles seen in late July? What else could you see on this trip at that time of year?
3 July 2016|
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Response from YukonStef | Reviewed this property |
There will be some eagles in the area in July but the massive gathering of 4000+ is in late fall. Seeing the eagles from the water on a boat makes some sense but I have seen large numbers of eagles from pullouts along the... More
Dan M
What is the best time to see Eagles am or pm?
17 June 2016|
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Response from Stokiekev2014 | Reviewed this property |
Hi We were there about midday early September 2015 and there was no problems seeing eagles. As the guide said, if you see a golfball in a tree in the distance, it's an eagle!