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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure provided by Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Updated 03/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 03/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Important Information
Departure Point
Skagway Cruise Terminal, Skagway, AK 99840, USA
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Port pickup
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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LSseetheworld wrote a review Sep 2019
Venetia, Pennsylvania232 contributions100 helpful votes
Had a great time with our guide Liz. We saw over 20 Bald Eagles on a very relaxing river float. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2019
adflanagan13 wrote a review Aug 2019
Oamaru, New Zealand14 contributions2 helpful votes
In general we had nice weather but we saw only a dozen or so eagles. the scenery was beautiful. The raft guide, Liz, was an enthusiastic and competent naturalist who made the raft trip itself enjoyable. It is necessary to walk in water and Rainbow tours provided Rubber boots,
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Response from Joe O, Owner at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure
Responded 27 Aug 2019
Thanks for your review. I'm glad you mentioned that the scenery was beautiful and that Liz is a qualified naturalist. We are very fortunate to have her on our team. As far as the number of eagles, a dozen is actually a pretty good number. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve boats thousands of bald eagles in November. But in the summer, eagles are on the nest and are territorial, so you don't find large concentrations of bald eagles until they are off the nest beginning in September. The great thing about the trip is to see the eagles on and near their nests; the area where we float has a high concentration of nesting bald eagles because it is a rich and pristine environment. Another great aspect of our rafting trip is that it gets you completely away from the road and out in the wilderness where it is quiet and the air smells fresh and clean. I am sorry to hear that your boots leaked. Hopefully, you told our guide Liz about them. Our protocol is to replace or repair any and all leaky boots right away. Fortunately, most tours do not involve walking in the water- the boots are mainly to keep your feet dry in case there is some splashing water that gets into the raft. The nature of glacial rivers are that they are shallow, and occasionally a raft gets stuck on the gravel. If the guide can't get the raft floating again, participants may need to get out in the shallow water while the guide moves the raft from shallow to deeper water. This rarely happens but does happen now and again. As far as the transfer in Skagway, I am sorry if you misunderstood what we provide. At the beginning of the tour, we meet you in Skagway at the cruise ship dock just past security. We provide a meet and greet service and transfer to the Fast Ferry dock. At that time, our Skagway rep tells all guests about the return protocol. When you return to Skagway, there is a bus service that provides regular transport from the Fast Ferry back to the ship. My Skagway guides explain to all guests that this service is paid for by Rainbow Glacier Adventures- all you have to do is inform the bus driver that you are with our company and they do not charge you-they bill us. So our guests are never forced to walk back one half hour from the Fast Ferry back to their ship.I apologize if that was not make clear to you.
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dianedinky wrote a review Jun 2019
253 contributions24 helpful votes
I selected this for the opportunity to see eagles close up but we only saw 2 all trip and they were barely visible in the trees. I had much better sightings just on the bus Anchorage to Portage and then at Kenai. There was a centre with injured birds but we didn't visit it so
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from RGAowner, Owner at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure
Responded 23 Jun 2019
I'm sorry to hear that our trip did not meet your expectations. This is a rafting trip in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The birds are wild and so the quality and number of eagle sightings vary with each trip. We do not advertise that we go to the Center for Injured birds on this tour. If you had desired to see injured birds in captivity, there are opportunities in Haines, Sitka and Juneau. It is true that this is not a white water trip, nor do we advertise the trip as such. The emphasis is getting out in pristine nature and experiencing uniquely wild and beautiful place- The Chlkat Bald Eagle Preserve. There are five species of wild salmon that run up the Chilkat River and many active bald eagle's nest along our route. We often have great eagle sighting on our tour. I am also sorry to hear you say that there was no real educational element. Rainbow Glacier Adventures prides itself on offering a high quality educational experience in a small group setting. I am the author of the book Where Eagles Gather, the Story of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Haines, Alaska and i have 30 years guiding experience in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. I personally train all our river guides, and the vast majority of those who go with us are impressed with the quality of our guides.
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Kilraen wrote a review May 2019
San Antonio, Texas17 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the eagle preserve on the Chillikat river. Our guide, Dave, really made our time on the raft enjoyable! He was was humorous and educational at the same time. We both highly recommend this adventure; well worth the cost and time,
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Date of experience: May 2019
Response from Joe O, Owner at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure
Responded 28 May 2019
I love that you said that Dave was both educational and humerous. We understand that folks like you are on vacation, not taking a college course, but that you want some good solid information about the Eagle Preserve. But its also important to present the infomration in a way that easy to digest. Dave's easy-going style and Southern accent belie the fact that he is an expert river guide, always wathcing out for your safety. Dave loves rafting and the Preserve and his enthusiasm is contagious. We're glad to have Dave back with us for another season. Joe
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Family N wrote a review Jan 2019
14 contributions5 helpful votes
I havre been traveling to Skagway for decades to visit family. This past summer we decided to take a tour to see the Eagle Preserve. What an amazing, fun, educational tour! We enjoyed every moment.
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Date of experience: July 2018
About the operator

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By: Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC
All day tour while in Skagway
This is a fabulous tour company to work with. I booked this independently of the cruise line as we do not prefer th
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Ignacio F
half day photography tour near Skagway
Paul our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and took us to good spots to take beautiful landscape pictures
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John C
Two great experiences
We took this tour in September and it was a great experience. The bus ride up the White Pass gave an appreciation
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Chris W
Skagway Photography Tour
Rachael took a small group of enthusiastic photographers on a tour around Skagway. We were given individual attenti
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Worse photography tour ever
My friend and I went on the Skagway Photo Safari directly from our cruise ship. Paul was waiting for us and when th
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Rich B
Did not learn anything about my camera/settings
I was hoping to learn about my camera and photography as the information that I had promised - 'you don't have to
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White pass summit and Yukon suspension bridge.
Our guide Dana Sohm gave us a tour of a lifetime. He was very informed on the history of the Yukon railroad and gol
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amazing !!
It was a good experience, the excellent guide, with a great career as a photographer his name is Cindy Shultz, he t
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Great pair of activities
Through an excursion booked through our cruise ship, we rode the railway to the summit and then did the Yukon Suspe
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Excellent tour, wonderful tour guide
This tour is very scenic and recommended. Our tour guide, Ms.Rachel Deehan, was very knowledgeable and extremely h
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Nice Adventure in Haines
Cindy was our guide and photography coach. She did an excellent job helping all levels on us photographers get the
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David L
Great Excursion
Great excursion with Paul as our guide. Paul was very knowledgeable and had lots of information about the area. He
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Spent more time in the van than picture taking pictures
We spent more time in the van riding than taking pictures. When we did stop the "Expert" only helped once. As an a
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Veryl G
Everything They Could Do to Accommodate!
My husband and I booked a private float trip through the ChilkateEagle Preserve to get photos. We had a mishap the
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Photography tour in Skagway with Paul Cunningham
Enjoyed our photography tour with Paul Cunningham. He was very patient and had lots to share with a beginner.
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  • Duration: 6h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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