Tour code: 5336PRTSGYFLOAT

While your ship is docked in Skagway, enjoy a 40 minute raft ride on the Taiya River. During this peaceful river float, a knowledgeable guide points out any wildlife, including possible bald eagles and even bears, depending on the time of year. Learn about Skagway’s history as you snap photos of spectacular mountain scenery. This family-friendly shore excursion comes with port transport.


  • Scenic coastal drive to Dyea Valley with beautiful views and stops for photographs
  • Journey down the Taiya River and possibly spot native wildife
  • Port pickup and drop off included
  • Choose between a morning and afternoon departure to suit your schedule
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Great soft adventure for families with varied ages

What You Can Expect

Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour

Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour

After port pickup from Skagway, take in stunning scenery during a 10-mile (16-km) drive along the coast to the Dyea Valley, an old Gold Rush settlement rich with history. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, eagles and other wildlife, and spot the beginning point of the famous Chilkoot Trail, where thousands traveled in search of gold in 1898.

Then, board your boat, an inflatable raft of maximum 11 passengers, for a tranquil, approximately 40-minute float down the Taiya River. Your knowledgeable guide on board provides insight into Skagway’s colorful past, and points out potential bald eagles and other native wildlife. Depending on when you visit, you might even see bears. (Note: Wildlife sightings though possible are not guaranteed)

After the float, settle on a riverbank for a snack break while admiring the beauty of your river and mountain surroundings.

You’ll be transported back to the Skagway cruise ship terminal. If time permits, your driver will make a stop at an overlook that gives you 360-degree views of Skagway and cruise ships in port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Brian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was our most favorite tour on our Alaska cruise. Was able to get my elderly mother on the raft along with my kids. All 9 of us took this slow gentle river ride, we saw 2 bald eagles on the tree where their nest was, another one was further up the river. This was as scenic as I imagined. A very worthwhile excursion. I highly recommend this one.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Bob, our guide, was wonderful. Scenery was beautiful, travels easy and informative, salmon snacks much appreciated.

Dan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

We had a great time -- beautiful day, Nate the guide was terrific, good bunch of people with us, and all very affordable. One of us has some difficulty with walking, but Nate and the others were very patient and helpful with getting in and out of the raft. We highly recommend it. Thanks, Nate! God bless.

Oh, and the recommendation to stop at the Skagway Brewery was right on target -- good food, good beer, nice place -- lots better than the Red Dog in Juneau.

John C

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

Guide was excellent. Pleasant and informed. Float was short but, fun. Not as much wild life as expected.

Ardith M

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

The only reason it wasn't a 5 is that we didn't see a bear! Nathan was a great guide and we learned a lot of history and loved the time floating on the river!

I recommend this trip!

Scott K

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2013

Nice van ride to the river with an informative guide. The river was beautiful. The actual float trip was quite short. It took longer to get to and from the river than actual time on the river..

Debbie D

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

Great trip. Fairly tame if you are worried about falling in. Scenery was moderate. Coffee and snacks at en good.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2013

The trip was nice, although we did not spend much time on the water. It seems we were in the van
longer than the boat. The guide was very informative and interesting but I don't think I would recommend the trip to anyone as we did not see much wildlife: one eagle, a few nests, and a sea otter.

Ron Z

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2013

Only wildlife were two eagles. Pleasant trip but not much wildlife.

Ron Z

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2013

The float was too short. We did a similar float near the Grand Tetons that was much longer which gave us more opportunity to see wildlife.

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