Skagway Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Viewing Tour to Haines

Your tour begins with a high-speed catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords that connect Skagway to Haines. Over a dozen unnamed waterfalls drop hundreds of feet from both sides of the boat. Bald eagles and harbor seals are often seen on this journey.

Upon arrival in Haines, meet your expert naturalist guide for a drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has it all: a turquoise lake surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and important Tlingit cultural sights. Bald eagles, harbor seals, and brown bears are often seen here.

May, June, and July feature wildflowers and eagles. Beginning in August, pink salmon - the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon varieties - begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. This is the best opportunity to see brown bear as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river. When bears are present, every effort will be made to give you safe bear viewing.

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 explain how the animals fit into the Chilkoot's complex ecosystem.

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.

Inclusions: Roundtrip transportation to Haines. Lunch.

Please note: Minimum of 2 passengers required to book. Child prices for ages under 12.

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


  • 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.
  • Use of spotting scope.


  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book

Duration: 6.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 45 minutes fast ferry to Haines 
  • 4-5 hours nature tour through Haines, Chilkat Valley and Chilkoot State Park including lunch at picnic location
  • 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 limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb 4 steps into and out of the bus and they need to be able to walk up and down gangways that vary depending on the tide. Guests can choose to remain in the vehicle at all stops during this tour. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. The ferry to and from Haines is NOT wheelchair accessible. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Is there a minimum number of guests?

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

What time does the tour run?

Our tours typically leave in the morning but vary due to the Fast Ferry schedule.

Do you meet us at our ship?

Yes, a representative will meet the guests just past security.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

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

What should I wear while on tour?

We recommend that you dress in layers. It can be cold enough where 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.

What size groups are on your tours?

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

What kinds of vehicles do you use?

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.

What are your lunches like? What if I have a special diet?

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

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Customer Reviews
Jul 2019 - Maree M.

This was an amazing experience. We saw a bear, lots of eagles, ducks and salmon in the river. Our guide, Ashley was great. She was very knowledgeable and entertaining, we had a really good day.

Sep 2018 - Hawkee N.

We saw bears, bald eagles and mountain goat in the tour. The tour guide is local, so she is very knowledgable about Haines and its history, recent developments, neighborhoods, lifestyle.

Aug 2018 - Carol S.

Fantastic! Our guide worked very hard to make sure we saw wildlife. We saw bears, eagles, salmon, and beautiful picnic lunch with breathtaking scenery

Aug 2018 - George O.

Our guide, Jen, was just terrific. Spunky, happy, very engaging. The tour itself was a little disappointing. There just wasn't much to see. That could have been in part, due to the weather, but Haines itself is very, very small and we covered the same ground at least three times looking for wildlife, including eagles. Jen stopped several times and had us looking through a scope to see nests, etc. We had debated between this excursion and the one on the river. I think next time we'd choose that one just because there would have been more variation in what we'd be doing and seeing.

Jul 2018 - Tommy W.

Had a great tour guide that was extremely knowledgeable about the area.

Jul 2018 - Anne J.

When we arrived in Haines we were met by Dena and we had the tour to ourselves. Dena was fantastic. Knowledgeable, informative, and made the trip exceptional. Wonderful tour, wonderful day. Thank you Dena.

Jun 2018 - Michael H.

Byrne was an awesome guide. In addition to leading us to an area in which we viewed about 15 eagles, he also showed us local flora and explained uses for the plants and flowers. He showed us the town of Haines and the surrounding area, giving our the insider scoop!

Sep 2017 - Linda T.

Really enjoyed this trip. Our guide Jen was informative, pleasant, helpful and amusing. Really good day.

Sep 2017 - Alison T.

Very good guide. Enjoyed the tour

Jun 2016 - Debra T.

This is an excellent tour! Jen, our guide, is knowledgeable and friendly. The scenery is beautiful and Jen shared lots of information that helped us connect with this incredible area. I highly recommend this tour.

May 2016 - Susan S.

Jan, the tour guide was fabulous! Jan tailored the tour to three senior citizens. Her knowledge of the area was superior.

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Duration: 6.5 hours

Number of Passengers *

Adult: $193.75

Child (2-12): $168.75

Infant (Under 2): $0.00


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