Skagway Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting Tour to Haines | Same Day

Excursion Overview

Raft through the famous Bald Eagle habitat: Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Your trip begins with a 45-minute ferry ride along the steep-walled fjords connecting Skagway to Haines. Over a dozen unnamed waterfalls drop hundreds of feet from the cliff sides on both sides of the boat. Marvel at the scenery and look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles.

Upon arrival in Haines, meet your expert guide and enjoy 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. Arrive at the river in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, approximately 40 minutes away.

After boarding your raft, enjoy a scenic float down the Chilkat River through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home of the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles. You are immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating the silent river. As there are no rapids (white water) on the river, it makes for a very relaxing float. Depending on the flow of the river, the float portion lasts about 1 1/2 hours.

Along the way, your professional guide will explain the natural history of the area, Chilkat Indian Heritage, and share some exciting stories from life in the Alaskan wilderness. The number of eagles you will see is dependent on the food available to the eagles (i.e. the fish runs). During the early months of the summer season, you will often see parent eagles sitting on nests, eaglets in nests, and the parent eagles flying to the nest with food for their young. Thousands of bald eagles travel here to feed on salmon in the fall and winter. During very warm days, the eagles are often seen catching the thermals and soaring above the mountain peaks.

Paddling is not required, as your expert guide will push the raft along, explaining the intricate balance of nature that makes this a unique and special place. Don't leave your camera behind for this adventure!

After rafting, enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to Haines. Board the Fast Ferry to Skagway and return to your ship with memories of an unforgettable adventure.

Things You Need to Know


  • Fast Ferry fare to and from Haines on public service Catamaran Ferry
  • A picnic-style lunch: turkey sandwich on organic whole wheat bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available with advance notice.
  • Gear: Personal Floatation Device, Ponchos (if needed), and 7 person 16ft raft


  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
  • Minimum age of 7 years old
  • Maximum weight of 250lbs

Duration: 6.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 45 minutes - fast ferry to Haines
  • 40 minutes - scenic tour to Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • 15 minutes - safety talk and equipment distribution
  • 90 minutes - guided rafting float trip
  • 30 minutes - lunch at the picnic location
  • 60 minutes - scenic tour and transfer to fast ferry
  • 45 minutes - fast ferry to Skagway

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets on the cruise ship dock. 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:

  • Same Day Tours are non-refundable unless the tour is canceled by the tour operator for any reason.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. There is a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 14 guests per departure.

Tours typically leave in the morning around 8 am but vary due to the Fast Ferry schedule.

The kayaking and rafting tours have a minimum age of 7. If a child requires a car seat, please provide advance notice.

Yes. The weight limit for the rafting and kayak trip is 250 lbs. The kayaking tour requires that guests can paddle for 1.5 hours and get themselves comfortably in and out of a kayak. Our rafts do not have a backrest, so guests must be able to sit for 1.5 hours.

Guests on the rafting tour need to be able to get in and out of an 8-person raft unassisted and be able to sit on the edge of the raft as it goes down the river. There is no rapid white water and guests will take a float trip down on a calm river. If the raft gets stuck on a sand bar, guests need to be able to get out of the raft onto a sand bar, which will enable our guide to move the raft off the sand bar.

We use a variety of 16ft. rafts, propelled by the guide utilizing an oar frame.

No. We do not have a wheelchair lift in any of our vehicles.

We recommend that you dress in layers. It can be cold enough that you want a wool cap, gloves, and a jacket, or it could be so warm you will be in a T-shirt with sunscreen and sunglasses. The weather can change quickly.

The maximum group size is 14. A typical tour has around 6-8 guests at one time. We can charter large buses for large groups with advance notice.

Depending on the size of the group and the tour, we utilize everything from an SUV like the Toyota Sequoia or Sienna to the 14-passenger Ford Econoline Van to the 14- passenger Airporter-style bus.

The tour includes a deli-style lunch. It consists of a turkey sandwich on freshly baked bread, fruit, freshly baked cookie, and bottled water. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with advance notice.

Please advise, car seats are required for children under 4, and boosters for children 4-7. Please indicate if you will need either during checkout.


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Duration: 6.5 hours

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Duration: 6.5 hours

Minimum of 2 Required to Book

Adult (13+): $261.25

Child (7-12): $227.50