For those wishing to see Alaskan wildlife up close and hear why they are valuable to the world around us, you would love this tour. Steve & Mario present the animals as their friends, explaining their habits and what makes them unique.
Well worth visiting for the views of the river and lake. Saw eagles and fish but no bears. Must be in vehicle to enter bear territory.
A must when the salmon are running. You can drive along the river toward Chilkoot Lake and the state park. We stayed in the campground there and were never bored. We saw eagles and bears going eating the salmon. We fished, hiked and just watched the activity. The views changed every day with the cloud cover. It would be a beautiful spot any time of year, but there is a lot going on when the salmon start to run in late July.
To get to the Chilkat Preserve, you must take the fast ferry back down the canal to Haines and book a tour to the preserve. You can also fly one of the three small airlines back to Haines, but first book a tour to the preserve as taxis in Haines are expensive. Most of the Bald Eagles arrive in September and October to take advantage of the spawning salmon on the mud flats near Haines.
If you ever use a hammer you will be surprised how many other uses there are, and how many hammers there are for each purpose.
After a long drive, the Hammer Museum was our first stop in Haines. Kids (5,10&12) all had an interesting story to tell about something they saw. Great value as attractions go. They got the kids to do a scavenger hunt to get them engaged. Fun and informative!
If you have a rainy day while in Haines, take the time to explore this wonderful library. It is a newer building with much to offer anyone. There is a great children's area for families to enjoy. The books, movies, and free internet is a great help to someone who is in the middle of a vacation. The ability to check in on your emails is so helpful.
There are dedicated reading areas with tables and chairs, so you can spread out if you have work to do. It is open in the evenings as well as having hours on weekends. It is a beautiful area to enjoy a book, discover more about Haines on the internet, and get some work accomplished. Take the time to walk and enjoy!
We got to see a live owl and falcon as well as two bald eagles. This place is small but the guides enthusiastic. It (and most of the town) is within easy walking distance of the port. We were glad to get out and do the local thing, and have coffee at a 'drive-in' coffee place with picnic tables down the street. Note that you will see eagles flying overhead in the town of Haines.
Haines honors the Tlingit history of the area, after being in Skagway which seemed to present history as dating to the first European. Highlight was watching the totem pole carvers at work. A trip to Haines is not complete without a visit to this museum where you will find great examples of native American handicraft and art, interesting artifacts and a fascinating collection of photographs. Do talk to the staff and ask them questions. They are quite knowledgeable and have the time to really answer your questions. The cost is only $5 which is quite a deal!
Offering custom and exclusive tours throughout Haines and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve since 1987. Tours Include: photography, gold-panning, wildlife-viewing, kayaking, scenic flight/nature combination, and hiking with experienced local naturalist-guides.
A scenic all day cruise to Juneau from Haines and Skagway with whale watching on every trip.
Drive yourself on a guided ATV "Mule" tour and experience some of the most pristine wilderness of Southeast Alaska. Enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of Lynn Canal and the Chilkat River Valley as you ride through beautiful Alaskan flora. Wildlife abounds in this area so your viewing opportunities with us include eagles, moose, the occasional bear and more!All tours are family-friendly and include a halibut and BBQ chicken meal. Treat yourself to a different kind of Alaska adventure and drive our world!
Glacier Bay Flightseeing for 20 years. Newest Aircraft, Largest Windows, Best Maintenance. From Haines & Skagway Alaska. Remote Flying & Landing options. We Love what we do! New bigger plane in 2013 a rugged DH Beaver, will seat up to 7 all with large windows.
Float peacefully through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve!! The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float/Rafting adventure will take into the heart of the Famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the largest congregation of Bald Eagles in the world! Float silently on our 18ft long, 8 passenger ore framed rafts, as your guide navigates you through the braided rivers of the Preserve. You will be surrounded by breath taking views of the Chilkat Mountain Range, Bald Eagles, and keep a look out for Moose, Bear and Wolves that come to the river to feed on the spawning Salomon. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Chilkat River after your float. There is NO WHITE WATER on this adventure
Glacier Bay Flightseeing, skiing service, charters, complete ski plane services for mountain climbers, skiiers and snowboarders. World class mountain access in Southeast Alaska including Haines, Skagway, Juneau, Gustavus, Yakutat, Dry Bay, and Mount Fairweather.
They met us at the port and then we took the ferry for a nice ride to Haines. Our guides met us at the pier and we entered the vans for a drive to the lake we would kayak. We stopped along the way to see a lot of bald eagles resting on large rocks in a stream. We then continued on to our site. We were outfitted and given a kayaking lesson. We then headed out onto the lake. The lake was like a mirror and the reflections of the snow topped mountains on the water were beautiful! The lake was quiet and calm and peaceful. The guides were very helpful and were more than happy to take our picture on the lake w/ the mountains and waterfalls in the background and no one else. It was as if we had the lake to ourselves. At the end of the tour, they served us lunch and we enjoyed the wildlife around us. When we got home, everyone loved the beautiful pictures of the scenery. We were on vacation to get away and relax and this is one of the best places for that..
Nature Tours: Explore six wildlife habitats (ocean, estuary, river, lake, muskeg, rain forest) with knowledgeable and experienced naturalists. Bald eagles and brown bears are commonly viewed.Guided Hikes: Explore the temperate rainforest with a naturalist by hiking through coastal zones or by hiking through alpine meadows to a summit.Bald Eagle Excursions: Experience, with a naturalist, a fall/winter gathering of thousands of bald eagles as they fish along the river banks below snowy mountain peaks.
I wanted to pan for gold in Alaska so we did the Gold Rush Tour to Porcupine Creek with our guide Holly Jo. We took the 45 minute trip on the Fast Ferry from the port in Skagway to Haines. Holly Jo knew the history of the area very well and had several photo books with historical images. Best of all, she knows all of the miners in the area and can get you special access.
We went to the mine and Melody and Dustin Hurt took valuable time from their mine to help us pan pay-dirt. We all found gold (and, yes, you keep what you find). We also ran into Dakota Fred on the way back to Haines. Everyone at the mine was amazing and super friendly.
There is a lot of land without gold claims on it. You can pan for gold in many areas but I would check with locals about the best places to avoid trespassing issues
The thing about wild animals is they don't "perform" on schedule -- yes, we were lucky enough to see eagles, both perched and soaring yet the fabulous scenery and the delightfully quirky, informative guides would have made the day worthwhile even if we hadn't. We were met at our ferry for the bus ride to the river by Rachelle, a full-time Alaska resident who delighted us with stories of living in Alaska ranging from stocking the freezer for winter to encounters with bears while educating us about types of salmon and eagle behavior-- imagine if Erma Bombeck and Ellen DeGeneres had a baby and named Bill Nye, the Science Guy, Godfather, that's Rachelle. We learned so much, got some great insight into living in the "real" Alaska and were totally entertained. We met our jet boat captain Seagra at the dock and enjoyed a wonderful tour through some of the most beautiful scenery one can imagine. I felt as if we were getting access to something very precious and remote, it's a bit like the Florida Everglades, a major surprise to me. Seagra is well-informed and charming and she made sure we had the best possible views possible. We met both Duck and Karen, the owners of this enterprise -- they are both warm and welcoming. This was a delightful tour which I'd highly recommend -- go in with the expectation that the wildlife you see are a bonus, focus on the beauty of it all -- you'll have a blast.