The Stikine River is considered one of the last truly wild rivers in North America. Famed American naturalist, John Muir, described it as a Yosemite 100 miles (160 kilometers) long. This wonderful tour allows you to Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the world's largest temperate rain forest. Add to this the excitement of an exhilarating jet-boat ride, gold rush history, world renowned scenery, a tasty snack in the wilderness, and the most experienced energetic captains, and you have an unforgettable excursion.
On the pier you will meet your Stikine River Jet Boat Association Alaskan Host and Alaska Cultural Interpreter guide captain and embark your custom, purpose built, heated and covered, jet-boat to begin your adventure. As you leave the pier behind, you will begin your navigation of the ever changing river delta, meandering through side sloughs, exploring the banks of the river, and being at the ready to help your captain look for passing moose, bear or deer. As you travel along, enjoy spectacular views of distant mountain peaks, spy on spawning salmon and listen to thundering waterfalls.
Your journey culminates at Shakes Lake with its sparkling blue and crystal clear icebergs. If accessible, you may be able to venture in farther for a view of Shakes Glacier and the ancient ice from which it was created. Coming ashore at a wilderness location on the banks of the Stikine, you will experience the wilderness up close and watch the peaceful river as it rolls by. Re-boarding your jet boat, a delightful snack of wine and cheese awaits you. All too soon, you'll be heading back to Wrangell and your waiting ship.
Please note: This is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition and have a full range of motion in order to get in and out of the boat. During certain tidal conditions, the access ramp to the vessels can be very steep. Due to the nature of boating in the wilderness on the Stikine River, which sometimes requires travel in shallow water, you may experience quick or sudden stops, starts and turns while underway. Therefore, the tour is not considered suitable for those guests with heart or back problems, pregnant women or those who suffer from motion sickness. It is suggested that participants dress in layers and be prepared for rain and cool temperatures, along with wearing comfortable, water-resistant flat walking shoes. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Facilities are basic at the wilderness location, consisting primarily of outhouses. Although wildlife is seen on the majority of outings, their sightings cannot be guaranteed. The tour routing and sights may vary due to weather, nature and water conditions.