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Half-Day Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting Float Tour - Haines Departure

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USD 137.00
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    What to Expect
    Meet your expert guide and enjoy a riverside drive along the Haines Highway. The drive is incredibly scenic: glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colorful wildflowers line the road, green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear and trumpeter swans. The highway was declared a National Scenic Byway in 2009.

    Arrive at the river in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, approximately 45 minutes away.  Don your life jackets, listen to your guide’s safety talk, board the raft and leave the road and civilization behind. You are immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating the silent river channels.

    This is a scenic float trip (no whitewater) through the home of the largest bald eagle congregation in the world. Thousands of bald eagles travel here to feed on salmon in the fall and winter. In the summer months, a healthy resident population of bald eagles lives along the river. Your expert guide will push the raft along, explaining the intricate balance of nature that makes this a unique and special place.  You do not have to paddle; your hands are free for your camera and binoculars. Keep an eye out for other wildlife besides bald eagles: moose, otters, brown and black bears, and even wolves, call this Preserve their home.

    You will spend approximately one and one half hours floating the river. After rafting, your guide will select a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to Haines.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Departs from Haines, AK
    Departure Time

     The tour meeting time varies daily. Tour operator will contact you with exact times.

    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Driver/guide
    • Local guide
    • Port pickup
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age 7 years
    • Maximum weight 250 lbs.
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name. Hotel guests, please provide name of hotel for pick-up.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 September 2019

    This tour was so much fun! I wasn't too excited about the hike but it wasn't bad at all it was super fun and our amazing tour guide Noah Stewart kept our whole group involved. He was personable, funny and had a great personality. Definitely...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank 13emjk
    Reviewed 24 July 2019

    While looking for excursions to do during out Alaskan cruise, my family and I were looking for an activity that would be exciting for the teens and grandparents in our party to do together. This eagle float tour did not disappoint! Our tour guide was...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank jordanket
    Joe O, Owner at Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2019

    Thanks for this great and extensive review. Steve has tons of experience here on the Chilkat River and we enjoy having him on the team. I appreciate that you mentioned our staff because we really do stress teamwork with Rainbow Glacier Adventures. Preston is a...More

    Reviewed 13 July 2019

    We had an excellent tour with multiple sightings of Bald Eagles and their nests. Special thanks to Preston Anderson for rafting and Barb & Jen for driving us to the river. Preston did a wonderful job.More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Narayan_Oregon
    Joe O, Owner at Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2019

    Thanks for the kind review of our rafting trip. Preston is a great river guide and Barb and Jen make the drive to the river enjoyable as well. There are lots of active bald eagle's nest along the section of river we float, and I'm...More

    Reviewed 5 July 2019 via mobile

    Absolutely a1 trip. Knowledgeable guides, top equipment and safe for reasonably fit and healthy people. All equipment provided, boots and lifejackets. Great lunch and hot drinks at the end. Only saw the fantastic eagle's.More

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    RGAowner, Owner at Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2019

    Thanks for your positive review. Yes the trip is safe for the reasonably fit. You do not need to paddle (like on our kayak trips) but you are out in the weather for 1.5 hours and there is no backrest. If you are up for...More

    Reviewed 4 July 2019

    We met our contact at the ship/cruise pier. Walked about a block to the outfitter shed to get water boots. Departed by bus up to the launch point on the Chilkat River. Sighted several eagles at first. Even four that were "sharing" a fish. After...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank rfreier
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