Raft down the gently flowing Chilkat River through a bald eagle preserve known for its virgin wilderness and abundant wildlife.
Depart from the pier in by coach and commence a drive along the Haines Highway, a stretch of road so beautiful it has been designated a National Scenic Highway. The Highway follows the equally picturesque Chilkat River, the location of your rafting adventure. Upon arrival at the launch site, you will exchange your shoes for rubber boots and don a life jacket. Following a safety briefing, you will board an 18-foot raft and begin slowly floating down the river. Surrounded by the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, the world's largest concentration of bald eagles, you will no doubt be awed by the natural beauty and serenity.
The waters here are teeming with salmon that come here to spawn, and their sheer numbers provide an endless supply of food for the eagles. You will have a front-row seat to observe this annual rite of nature, which ensures a healthy and abundant eagle population. The Chilkat Valley is home to 200 to 400 bald eagles, and more than 80 nests have been spotted in the preserve alone. You may also see bears and wolves along the riverbank, feasting on salmon. Enormous moose, some weighing up to 1,600 pounds, also frequent the preserve to feed on the summer vegetation.
After approximately an hour and a half on the river, you will find yourself back at the launch site where you will disembark your raft and transfer back to the pier in Haines.
Please note: This moderate activity tour includes a limited amount of walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate casual clothing; a pair of socks (for the rubber boots); warm hat, gloves and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Rain ponchos are available in the event of rain. This tour is not available for children under 7 years of age and all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Dependent upon tour departure time, a light lunch may be offered riverside. Wildlife sightings are likely, but not guaranteed.