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Skagway Tour: Rafting Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Skagway Shore Excursion


This 6.5 Hour Private Shore Excursion Includes:
  • Meeting at the Port in Skagway
  • Private Licensed Naturalist-Guide
  • Ferry (public) from Skagway to Haines
  • Private Rafting Trip thru Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • 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

The highlight of this Skagway shore trip is rafting the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. This is a scenic float trip (no whitewater) through the home of the largest bald eagle congregation in the world.

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.

When you arrive in Haines, 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.

When you reach the river in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, you don your life jackets, listen to your guideā€™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. Thousands of bald eagles travel here to feed on salmon in the fall and winter. 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 1.5 hours floating the river. After rafting, your guide will select a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch.

After lunch you say goodbye to your guide and take the ferry back to Skagway.

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 Ferry from Skagway to Haines: 45 Minutes
  • Meet Local Guide: 15 Minutes
  • Scenic Tour Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve: 40 Minutes
  • Safety talk / gear distribution: 15 Minutes
  • Rafting through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve: 1.5 Hours
  • Lunch: 30 Minutes
  • Scenic drive returning to Haines: 40 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