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“Great Day on the Chilkat River”

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Ranked #4 of 43 things to do in Haines
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the best places to view the bald eagle.
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I was staying in Haines and saw that many excursions were being offered to cruise passengers, so I asked if I could join the float down the Chilkat River to see eagles in the Eagle preserve. When we arrived we were given rubber boots and life jackets and told how to safely enter the boat. Fortunately it was a beautiful day and there were many eagles flying or nesting or just sitting and looking at us as our boat flowed past. Nicole our guide displayed a lot of strength getting us off the gravel when we occasionally got grounded and we all had to bounce to help lift the rubber boat off the gravel. Nicole gave us some interesting information about the life and habits of eagles. Sadly we did not see any other wild life- they must have heard us coming- but I was happy just to see the eagles.
On reaching the end of our trip we were given sandwiches, hot drinks, cookies and oranges and driven back to the Dock at Haines. All the staff were friendly, personable and willing to help in any way they could. Highly recommended

Thank Ann1943
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We took an excursion off an Island Princess cruise, fast ferry to Haines and joined up with Ckilkat tours. Short and fun bus ride. We joined 5 raft guides and floated down the river. Saw 20 or more bald eagles and took fantastic pictures. My best picture of two weeks in Alaska was a bald eagle tearing apart a salmon on this trip. The guides were fun. We had a blast. They gave us hot cocoa, great sandwiches and great education about the preserve. If you are ever in Skagway and have time to take the ferry ride and eagle preserv, do it. One recommendation....wear gloves if it is in late August. Brrrrr. .

Thank Jeff A
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

It was pouring rain. Surely they would cancel the rafting trip. But they didn't and it was a fun adventure. Our guides were so amazing. I am 68 and get cold easily. Our guides took such good care of all of us. They even helped us get into our gear on in the pouring rain. We saw so many eagles in all stages of development. They were ready for the salmon buffet headed their way. And I got to see the salmon actually running up stream. The trip ended with hot drinks and delicious homemade sandwiches. I called our young guide Dad, because he cared for us old guys like we were kids. The funniest thing he said was if we didn't follow the instructions that hat he wouldn't be mad, just disappointed. So cute. And he got us through the water safely while pointing out the eagle sightings while keeping us off the rocks. It's a great trip for young and old alike. Chilkat Guides were fantastic!

Thank dineandcook
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

We had a fabulous trip here and saw many bald eagles and their nests. The area is serene - no cars, planes, etc for most of the trip. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet among the wildlife.

Thank Theresa H
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We toured the preserve with a guide service on 8 person floats. There was an incredible concentration of eagles in the 7-8 stretch of river that we floated. Other animals are possible but we didn't see them this trip. The views would be incredible but it was very cloudy on our trip.

The river is fast flowing but shallow. No rapids. In fact the bed changes often so it's not uncommon to beach a bit on silt and rocks.

Thank bannerarab
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