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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure

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Skagway, United States
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Chilkat Preserve is one of the best places in the world to find American bald eagles—thousands congregate there to feed on salmon during the fall and winter. This tour takes you on a scenic rafting trip along the Chilkat River—where the eagles put up residence during the summer—and provides the wilderness knowhow to spot the birds and other animals while navigating the river’s channels.
  • Spot bald eagles along the Chilkat River in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Travel with a guide so you don’t get lost in the river channels of the Alaskan wilderness
  • Have a picnic lunch after your rafting trip is over
  • Round-trip transportation from Haines by catamaran
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Port pickup
High Speed Catamaran transfer between Skagway and Haines, Alaska
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Skagway Cruise Terminal , Skagway, AK 99840, USA

Cruise ship guests: Walk past dock security and look for your guide with the RGA Logo on a sign. Guests in lodgings: Our guide will meet you in the lobby. Watch for a vehicle with the RGA Logo. If you do not find the guide by 5 minutes after the meet time, please call our RGA office at 907-766-3576.

  • Westmark Inn Skagway , Third & Spring Street, Skagway, AK 99840-0515
  • Skagway Municipal Airport , Alaska St, Skagway, AK 99840
  • Skagway Cruise Terminal , Skagway, AK 99840, USA
  • After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

    This activity will end right where it started.Our tours begin at the Skagway Cruise Ship Docks, however our guides can also pick you up from local hotels as well as most bed-and-breakfasts in the town-site.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age 7 years
    • Maximum weight 250 lbs.
    • A minimum of 2 people is required to open the tour
    • Cruise Ship Passengers, please provide ship name for meeting location. Hotel guests, please provide name of hotel for pick-up.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Rainbow Glacier Adventures
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure.

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    star-4
    Nice experience overall but needs a few changes
    568debbie
    , Jul 2019
    Nice float in a beautiful valley and overall a very smooth experience. I was not aware that there was so much travel time involved just to get to the activity as I might not have booked this. But getting to see Haines was nice. My main critique is that our river guide dave took his raft down the river sideways 95% of the time which meant that my back was down river most of the time. So I had a terrible view and had a hard time viewing what he was talking about most of the time. The entire staff was nice and professional.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Thanks for the review and your comments. We take all comments seriously and appreciate the chance to respond. The tour from Skagway involves a 45 minute Fast Ferry ride between the two towns each direction. There is no direct road connection- as a matter of fact, to driver from Haines to Skagway is 350 miles one way! The end result of this is that Haines is not as crowded as Skagway- Skagway gets over 1 million visitors a year! So the fact that there is some expense and time involved to get between the two towns actually works in favor of those who want get off the main tourist track. Another factor that is affecting our travel time to the river is that there is some road construction taking place along the Haines Highway right now. Of course, this is out of our control and some trips get delayed along the road. The actual length of time on the river varies depending on current, wind and other factors- but the typical trip spends 4 hours in Haines with 1.5 hours on the river. As far as your comment about going sideways down the river, it is important to understand the type of watercraft we use and how they move down the river. We use rubber rafts that are steered by the guide using two oars. This allows our guests to have their hands free to take pictures or use their binoculars to look at the eagles and scenery. Guests are not expected to paddle or row. The power that propels the raft down the river is the current of the river. In order to maximize the efficiency of travel down the river, the guide turns the raft sideways to the current. The raft is constantly turning from one side to the others as it moves downstream. While it may seem that the guide could drive the raft as if he is driving a car and simply point downstream, this is simply not the case. The boat travels sideways most of the time. But it is easy for the guide to turn around 180 degrees. So if you had your back downstream most of the time, you could have talked to Dave about it. Dave is a great guide and I'm sure if you had asked him or talked to him about it he would have turned the raft around so you would be pointed downstream. We always want our guests to leave our trip happy, and so it helps to let us know if there is an issue during the trip instead of after.
    star-5
    Though the experience was really a...
    JOANNE F
    , Jul 2017
    Though the experience was really a float tour, our guide was amazing. We loved the beauty and the abundance of wildlife and local tales. A great trip but note you are not paddling- just relaxing... very nice.
    star-5
    This was a wonderful trip. The boat...
    Lane D
    , Jul 2017
    This was a wonderful trip. The boat ride to and from Haines from Skagway was beautiful and informative. Byrne did a great job of checking us in and driving us to and from the river. Ashley was amazing as our raft guide, giving us plenty of information about the nature. We saw many mature eagles, some babies and multiple nests. The views were spectacular even though the day was overcast. We loved having a boat for just the four of us! The tours booked through the ship had from twelve to sixteen on each boat. This was a far more personal experience!!!

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