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Skagway Tour: Chilkoot Lake Wilderness & Wildlife
Skagway Shore Excursion


This 6.5 Hour Private Shore Excursion Includes:
  • Meeting at the Port in Skagway
  • Private Licensed Naturalist-Guide
  • Round trip Ferry (public) to / from Skagway & Haines
  • Private Chilkoot Lake State Park Driving Tour
  • Picnic-style Lunch
Please see: special notes at the end of the tour description.

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2 People - $1098 Per Person (Private Tour)
3 People - $732 Per Person (Private Tour)
4 People - $548 Per Person (Private Tour)
5 People - $548 Per Person (Private Tour)
6 People - $548 Per Person (Private Tour)
7 People - $548 Per Person (Private Tour)
8 People - $547 Per Person (Private Tour)
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Skagway Shore Excursion

This Skagway shore trip explores the Chilkoot Lake State Park with a private guide and vehicle. During the excursion you will see and learn about Tlingit Indian cultural sites, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

When you disembark from your ship you will meet a local representative who will walk with you to the ferry landing where you take a high-speed catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords which connect Skagway to Haines. Over a dozen unnamed waterfalls drop hundreds of feet from both sides of the boat. Upon arrival in Haines, you will meet your wilderness guide and set out on a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park.

In May, June, and July, the wildflowers are at their peak and bald eagles are busy caring for their young in the nest. Beginning in late July, the Chilkoot River fills with migrating salmon, while brown bears come down to the river's edge to feed. As the number of salmon in the river increases, the likelihood of seeing bears down along the river increases, with a good probability of bear sightings from mid-August through late September.

As you drive through the park, your guide knows the best places to stop for scenery and the possibility of wildlife spotting. Your guide is equipped with a powerful spotting scope to bring the wildlife in close, and your they will help interpret wildlife behavior and explain how the animals fit into the Chilkoot's complex ecosystem.

After departing Chilkoot Lake, your guide will select a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to Haines. Make sure you bring your camera to take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities.

At the end of the excursion you say goodbye to the guide and return to Skagway on the ferry.

Dates of Operation
: May 2 - September 27
Walking: Moderate
Mobility: Folding wheelchairs OK (advance notice required)
Recommended Clothing: Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, rain jacket
Weather: This tour operates in all weather conditions

Please contact us with any questions or to receive a customized quote for your upcoming Skagway shore excursion.
Shore Trip Timing is approximate based on your interests & traffic
  • Meet local representative and transfer to the ferry: 30 Minutes
  • Meet Guide: 15 Minutes
  • Ferry from Skagway to Haines: 45 Minutes
  • Scenic drive through Chilkoot Lake State Park: 3 Hours and 15 Minutes
  • Lunch: 30 Minutes
  • Transfer to the ferry dock in Haines: 15 Minutes
  • Ferry from Haines to Skagway: 45 Minutes
  • Transfer back to the cruise ship: 15 Minutes