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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Bald eagles have a safe home at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Created in 1982, the huge park protects the world’s largest collection of bald eagles and their habitat.

Natural salmon runs are also protected in the preserve, where the Chilkat, Kleheni, and Tsirku Rivers meet.

For the best views of the eagles, head to the Haines Highway by the river flats surrounding the Chilkat River. To ensure the eagles aren’t spooked by your presence, stay off the river flats themselves and keep to the area near the highway.

From October to February, the eagles are attracted to the wetlands by the spawning salmon. During these months around 3,000 bald eagles have been known to stay at the preserve; the number of year-round inhabitants is between 200 and 400.

As well as eagle viewing, a visit to the preserve might take you river rafting on the Chilkat River to spot beavers, brown bears, moose and waterbirds.

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The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is north of Haines on the Chilkat River. The park extends over 48,000 acres (19,200 hectares) of river flats.
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Hours: Open daily
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Kayaking & Canoeing

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure

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.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Jet Boat Adventure and Haines Highlights - Skagway Departure

This jet boat adventure immerses you in the wilderness of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You’ll take a ferry ride to Haines for a small-group tour of town with a guide, followed by coach travel along the Haines Scenic Byway. Then set off through the braided tributaries of the Chilkat River. Wildlife opportunities abound with eagles and moose often being the highlights. Lunch and transport from Skagway included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Jet Boat Adventure and Haines Highlights - Haines Departure

Get access to a private property on the Chilkat River and remote areas of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve on this jet boat adventure from Haines. Spend a half-day in the company of a guide following a curated itinerary designed to ensure you don't miss a thing in this pristine wilderness. With warm outerwear provided, you'll be equipped to fight the chill on the boat ride down the river, listening to narration from the captain while looking out for eagles, moose, bears, and other wildlife.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Other Water Sports

Eagle Preserve Float Trip in Haines

This half-day float tour takes you into the heart of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the world’s densest concentration of bald eagles. Aboard an 8-person inflatable raft, watch eagles swoop down to catch salmon and nurture their young in the nests lining the riverbanks. Learn about the natural history of your surroundings, and finish this pleasant outing with a snack of locally caught salmon and warm beverages. Hotel transport from Haines is included on this family-friendly tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Kayaking & Canoeing

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

Experience the wildlife of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve on a half-day tour from Haines that features a 1.5-hour float trip aboard a sturdy raft. The preserve is known to have the world's largest concentration of bald eagles, and other native animals such as moose, otters, and bears. Learn about Alaska's pristine wilderness from your guide, and stop for lunch at a scenic spot before returning to Haines. Your tour includes lunch, guide, raft tour, and port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Day Trips

Cultural Heritage Half-Day Tour

Explore the route of the historic Dalton Trail up through the Chilkat Pass and learn about Tlingit history in the region with a tour of the Haines Sheldon Museum and Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center- Depart from the Port Chilkoot Cruise Ship Dock and Haines Visitor Center - Visit Fort Seward, the U.S. Army base in Haines from 1903 to 1945- Tour the Haines Sheldon Museum and its more than 4,000 artifacts- Travel through the Bald Eagle Preserve, en route to Klukwan - Learn the history of the Tlingit and their life on these lands at the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center- Climb the Chilkat Pass along the historic Dalton Trail and observe the parting of the glacier run-off waters flowing toward the Yukon and Alaska- Enjoy lunch atop of the Chilkat Pass amongst the breathtaking views above the tree line in the alpine tundra- Visit the Dalton Cache trading post built by Jack Dalton in the 1890’s Klondike Gold Rush- Return to Haines, Alaska
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

3.5 Hour Haines Travel Experience

This is a "one of a kind" excursion. No other company offers the unique travel itinerary cloaked with flexibility. Stop to take photographs when you want, stay a little longer here or there if desired, ask questions of your guide who lives in Haines, and learn about the areas amazing history. Visitors who have taken this excursion love it! Down to earth, not hurried, and no crowds. TWO PERSON MINIMUM.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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