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Skagway River Float

Your river float journey begins on the scenic coastal drive to Dyea Valley, once an old gold rush settlement now returned to nature. Watch for Harbor seals and Bald Eagles along the way.

Enjoy relaxation combined with a fascinating history and magnificent beauty as you float gently down the Taiya River on your professionally equipped raft for approximately 40 minutes on the river.

This tour operates in rainy weather so please dress in layers for your comfort. Life jackets, rain ponchos, and rubber boots (in place of your shoes) are provided.

Please note: This tour is only available from Monday to Friday. There is no whitewater on this float trip. All participants must sign a visitor's acknowledgment of risk before participating in this tour. Children under 18 will be required to have a parent or legal guardian sign this form.

Included: Light snacks and beverages. Life jackets, rain ponchos, and rubber boots (in place of your shoes) are provided.

Duration: 2.25-2.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Float time: 40 minutes.)


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Rain poncho rubber boots, life jackets
  • Beverages and a light snack


  • Minimum age: 2 years old

Duration: 2.25 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 1.5 hours - roundtrip guide narrated transportation
  • 40 minutes - guide navigated river float trip

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. Additionally, guests must be able to sit unsupported on the sides of the inflatable raft for 40 minutes during the float portion of the tour. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Will we get wet on the raft ride?

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

How many people fit in a raft?

The river float rafts each holds a maximum of 11 passengers and 1 guide.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

Yes, guests must be at least 2 years old to participate in this tour. 

Can I bring a backpack?

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

Can I bring my own food or drink?

Non-alcoholic beverages in closeable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.

Are food and drink included?

Beverages and a light snack are included.

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Customer Reviews
Sep 2022 - Alex G.

Every was helpful and informative. Such a great experience with beautiful views.

Sep 2022 - Erich R.

We had the opportunity to ride along with a veteran river float guide who was very thorough with safety precautions and very knowledgeable of the surrounding area. Aside from a pretty relaxing and beautiful trip on the river we also saw some Bald Eagles and Bald Eagles nests and learned about the ever changing river. It was a great tour!

Jul 2022 - Sandy F.

Our guide was very accommodating as we shot photos! Really enjoyed the river float!

Jul 2022 - Marco G.

It was fun and interesting, got to see beautiful scenery. I thought it was supposed to be longer but we definitely enjoyed it. One of the tour guides was very professional, kind and had good explanations of the whole tour.

Jul 2022 - Linda H.

This was a beautiful slow float down the river. Short but enjoyable!

Jun 2022 - Victoria C.

This was a very nice scenic and serene river ride. We enjoyed it very much!

Jun 2022 - Charlotte S.

We really had a great time doing this. Highly recommended! Joe, our guide was so accommodating and knowledgeable enough for you to feel safe on the water. And the views, breath taking! We were also lucky to have spotted a brown bear on the side of the road on our way to the drop off point. We stopped and took pictures until it ran away to the woods.

Jun 2022 - Melissa M.

I thoroughly enjoyed this float down the river. While we did not see much wildlife, it was the perfect relaxing and fun experience. Our guide was incredible and made the trip all the better. He provided us with lots of information during the drive to the river and during the float. After all the whale watching and hiking, this was a much-needed break.

May 2022 - Jazelle Z.

We had the best time. Learned a lot and also super relaxing. Thomas was super fun and very knowledgeable about the area. Will was a fantastic boat driver?...Not sure if that s the right term but he was great. We didn t get stuck anywhere. Also learned a lot. No one fell out of the boat. One of our favorite excursions for sure!

May 2022 - Jaycyn S.

Our tour guide, Bob, was the best!! He focused on everyone's safety, was pleasant, attentive to everyone's needs, engaging, and knew A LOT about A LOT of different things, from the Gold Rush, to Dyea, to the river, to dog sledding!! He truly is a man who knew Alaska! We would recommend this excursion to family/friends; and we would recommend your company as well. (We are repeat customers...we took a helicopter tour to the glaciers with your company in August 2021.)

May 2022 - Keith R.

This tour ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide, Owen, was excellent, and we saw dozens of bald eagles. The float also had a remote feeling, giving us a taste of Alaska's wild qualities, which contrasted nicely with Skagway's shops and historic park.

Sep 2019 - Raymond C.

Fantastic way to see local nature close-up! Better than tours by coach or seaplane and also great value.

Sep 2019 - Lori I.

We booked this excursion for our NCL Cruise through Alaska. Saved a bunch of money going outside the cruise line. We had our reservations for first thing in the morning and it was the most relaxing and best way to start our day in Skagway. Our tour guide was fantastic, personable and very knowledgeable. Would book this again if we were back in Skagway.

Sep 2019 - Mary S.

Owen was an excellent guide and we had perfect weather. We saw so many eagles on a very beautiful peaceful float. Highly recommend this for everyone, all ages and abilities

Aug 2019 - Alice B.

Lovely way to see the river. The river float was a great experience. Very gentle, we floated down and round - sideways, backwards as well as forwards. Our guide / rower was very good at explaining what we were seeing and keeping us off the banks. The water is only just above freezing but he reassured us they have training in what to do someone falls in (no one ever has). We both enjoyed the experience very much.

Aug 2019 - Kelly H.

Wish the car ride had been shorter and the rafting longer.

Aug 2019 - Kermit S.

Great time and great guide!!

Jul 2019 - Barbara D.

Really loved our guide. He gave us a taste of what living in Skagway was truly like.

Jul 2019 - Mark Z.

Good time. Wonderful Scenery

Jun 2019 - Greg L.

This was a awesome trip! Relaxing, easy to navigate the web site and the employees running it were all top notch. Everything stated in the description was right on.

Sep 2018 - Tim P.

We had a great time and enjoyed our trip. My wife and I both are in our late 60's and had no problem getting in and out of the raft. Our guide was great and did all the work we just sat back and enjoyed the scenery. We saw 3 eagles on our way to the river and stopped for pictures.

Aug 2018 - Lorraine R.

We loved this excursion! We were with our 11 year old grandson and he really enjoyed taking in the beautiful scenery. Our guide was wonderful. She was energetic, enthusiastic and informative.

Aug 2018 - Lisa C.

Very nice, a wonderful guide, Sam was very knowledgeable But you will really not see wildlife, a few eagle nests and water is murky in the summer so you will not see anything in the water.

Aug 2018 - Connie B.

It was a gorgeous day and beautiful float. I wish we were given more history of the area before and after. And was sad the only wildlife we saw was a duck. But the kids running the float were really nice!

Jul 2018 - Shawn M.

We were fortunate to have sunny weather and wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. Our group of 23 was split into 3 different boats. Everyone was very happy with their guide. The process was very smooth as the guides met us when we came off the dock. Our guide, Bob, was very informative not only about the river, but also about the region, the wildlife, and the town of Skagway. We had lots of kids in our group and Bob was very patient with their questions. Though the float itself was rather short (less than an hour), this was an overall great experience and it allowed us time to do other things in the area. Almost forgot to mention the snacks and the kind girls who helped us when we came ashore. Definitely a 5-star rating for this experience.

Jun 2018 - Shauna C.

We had a party of 8 including 3 kids. This was a great way to enjoy Skagways beauty. I would recommend this excursion.

Jun 2018 - Christina B.

Relaxing and beautiful. It was cold and windy with light rain on our day in Skagway but this tour equipped us with the rain boots & ponchos to keep us dry. It was a nice way to take in the beauty of this party if Alaska. Our tour guide was very informative. Saw some eagles along the way.

Jun 2018 - Christina B.

Entire family enjoyed this excursion ( ages range from 9-71) Relaxing and beautiful even in the rain. Guide was very informative about the region and Alaska,

Jun 2018 - David B.

We wanted to do something that got us into Alaska but allowed for people with some physical limitations to participate. This was a perfect fit. The tour guide does all the rowing! Not only do you get taken to a place where no one else is playing in tourist but you get an awesome Skagway tour from a friendly laid back person. We went on excursions through the cruise line too but this one gave a real local feel. Not sure if Ryan does all the tours but he was great. The other people who worked with him were friendly, laid back and fantastic. Great Experience and highly recommend. BTW the ride down the river was beautiful, calm and worth the money.

Jun 2018 - Julie B.

The Skagway River Float was a wonderful experience. Ryan, our guide, was fun and very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. The entire crew made it a relaxing. The scenery was amazing and inspiring. If you have one excursion to do, I would encourage you to take the Skagway River Float. I would definitely do the float trip again!

Jun 2018 - Judy M.

Brook was the best. She was very interesting and so much fun. She made the river float a wonderful experience. Thanks for the opportunity to see this beautiful state.

Jun 2017 - Kim L.

Had a great experience! Easy float down the river surrounded by amazing views.

Aug 2016 - Michaline Y.

This is an easy, low impact excursion. Driver/oarsman was a very congenial young lady who gave us lots of information about Skagway and surrounding area on our way to the launch point. Float was comfortable and we saw a few bald eagles. Snacks at the end were excellent. .smoked salmon, crackers, cookies, drinks. We chose this float because we had children and we didn't want to spend half the day just getting to the launch point. This was perfect.

Aug 2016 - Eliot P.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We had a nice trip and saved money by using this service as compared to the ships pricing.

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Duration: 2.25-2.5 hours

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Adult: $94.50

under 2 not allowed

Child (2-12): $73.50

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