Haines Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float Tour

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Excursion Overview

Journey on a scenic float trip at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Meet you guides in Haines, Alaska to get acquainted and begin your float trip adventure. Start your excursion with a scenic drive up the astounding, Haines Scenic Byway. Experienced guides excitedly await your arrival so they can safely guide you through stunning scenery.

The backdrop of your float trip ranges from lush forests to towering snow capped mountains and hanging glaciers. The preserve encompasses 48,000 acres of some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery; dedicated to preserving the habitat of the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. The river is plentiful with salmon which makes it a prime lunch spot for eagles and other Alaskan wildlife. Gently float along in your 18' inflatable raft and soak in the beautiful wilderness. Float past the Native village of Klukwan where the Tlingit people have lived for centuries.

After your scenic float, it's time for a riverside picnic lunch with lemonade, hot cocoa, and tea. Conclude your adventure with a ride back to Haines and new Alaskan memories you'll want to share with family and friends.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • All safety equipment and gear (life jacket, rubber boots and ponchos)
  • A picnic-style lunch is provided after the rafting portion and before the return journey.


  • Minimum age: 7 years old
  • Maximum weight: 350 lbs
  • Liability Waiver
  • Dress in warm, comfortable layers. Rain gear and an extra pair of socks are recommended.
  • Activity level is easy. Guests must be able to walk over loose gravel and a dry river delta to board the raft
  • No expectant mothers past 20 weeks are permitted on this excursion

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. )

  • 15 minutes - meet your guide at the Haines Cruise Ship Dock
  • 45 minutes - Transportation to the rafting sight by way of the Haines Scenic Byway
  • 20 minutes - Safety briefing and gear-up
  • 90 minutes - Explore the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve by raft
  • 30 minutes - Picnic style lunch with lemonade, hot cocoa, and tea
  • 40 minutes - Short drive back to Haines

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the end of the pier where your cruise ship is docked. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Experts in the industry, your guides are fun, well-trained, and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines. The guides go through extensive training and hold current first-aid certifications.

Layers for warmth, rain gear and an extra pair of socks.

The minimum age to participate in this tour is 8 years old. Children younger and infants are not allowed.

A picnic-style lunch is provided after the paddling portion and before the return journey.

At the end of checkout, there will be a comments section provided to supply us and the operator with this information. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with alternative lunch options with advanced notice.

Yes, restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour.

This tour is set up to embrace Southeast Alaska's unpredictable weather and typically runs rain or shine. In the rare instance weather does cause a cancellation, guests are refunded in full and provided assistance with finding alternative activities for the day.

The maximum weight for participants is 350 lbs. There is no minimum weight requirement.

The river float is mild with no whitewater splashing over the side of the raft. Rain ponchos are provided for protection if needed.

Though wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed, bald eagles, moose, all five types of Pacific salmon, brown and black bears frequent the area. Your guides will choose the best locations to maximize your wildlife viewing opportunity.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.


Guest Reviews


1 total


David B

On Jun 2024

SJ was our tour guide, and a great tour guide / raft captain at that. Lots of beautiful scenery and some good laughs. The bus guide was so passionate and fun but a little too loud. Overall, it was a great experience!


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Duration: 4 hours

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Duration: 4 hours

Adult (12+): $165.00

Child (7-11): $123.75