Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
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Tom K
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A great adventure on the Tsirku & Chilkat Rivers led by Wiley and Jess who took four rafts with 20 nervous tourists down the Tsirku to the Chilkat where we missed our take out point and had a bonus ride down the Chilkat. Beautiful place, many eagles, ravens, and mountains. We lucked out with a sunny day, cool and breezy. Once in a lifetime. Special thanks to Jess and Sven who guided us down river and entertained us with tales of rafting trips and wildlife.
Written August 3, 2023
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DavidT04
Southend-on-Sea, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Brilliant trip on a raft, I was anxious at first but the water is shallow. Saw lots of eagles and great fun paddling the raft down the river. Probably the best cruise excursion I have ever been on.
Written July 12, 2023
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Stephanie S
Charlotte, NC456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My family visited in summer time, just as the salmon were days away from their great migration from the salt water to the fresh water. The mountains, the glacial waters, the trees, the eagles... this is where wild bears wander out of the forest to catch the salmon. Eagles fly overhead, and the water is the most amazing blue/gray color from the melting glacier ice and the silt. This was one of our favorite places that we visited in Alaska, and the backdrop makes for some incredible family portraits. Just don't bring any food with you - you don't want to attract any bears! They are all around you, even if you can't see them.

Our guides pointed out narrow dirt pathways scarred into the hills, and told us that the bears love to "slide" down the mountain into the water. Along the way, they open their jaws and collect berries and other yummy bear-delicacies before landing in the water and catching a juicy fish! If you're lucky, you might see this behavior when you visit. During the main salmon spawning season, the bears get so full that they will catch a fish, just eat its head (apparently, this is the best part to a bear) and then throw the rest of the body back into the river. Then, the Bald Eagles swoop down and take the rest of the body for their own supper.

There were many people fishing in the water, and we saw lots of tents and camper vans. This seems to be a popular place for people to stop and camp while traveling through Alaska. The water is peaceful, and the whole environment is soothing to the soul.
Written July 31, 2022
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Betty49
Boston40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We took the fast ferry from Skagway to Haines which is about 45 minutes, then a terrible bus ride on a dirt road due to construction, which will be ongoing for a few years. The bus was an old school bus and the ride was another 45 minutes (awful). The jet boat ride down the river was nice, but they advertised the area as an Eagle Preserve and we only saw one Eagle sitting in a tree. This excursion is overpriced in my opinion. The lunch was delicious, a chicken wrap, chips and a brownie.
Written July 19, 2022
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jane h
Shrewsbury, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Just back from river float through the preserve with Tom and colleagues as an optional excursion from Hurtigruten expedition cruise. Scenic bus drive from Haines to drop off point was informative and entertaining with Tom, our guide.
Boots and life jackets supplied along with safety talk before setting off down the amazing Chilkat river through the Bald Eagle preserve.
Our river guide provided information about the surrounding country, the river, wildlife and history as well as skillfully steering us along the river to get good views of wildlife.Float ended with road/ river side picnic with choice of sandwiches and hot drinks before bus drive back to Haines. Overall a great half day experience. Thank you Tom and team.
Written June 19, 2022
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Paula S
Greensboro, NC30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Beautiful area! We had great weather and enjoyed our float down the river. Saw a couple of eagles on the trip. Great view of the mountains.
Written June 16, 2022
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,906 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
You can drive through the area, and it's a nice drive. Right now, the road is under construction, and it takes forever. We did see eagles and moose.
Written June 10, 2022
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Cruiser209
South Lake Tahoe, CA17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We booked this trip through the company’s website on April 14, 2022 which was a month before our trip. We were confirmed by the company and paid in full. Our friends from Maine booked with us to do this trip. The night before, the company asked us to meet them earlier than originally schedules. We reconfirmed and met them the next working at the agreed time. We were ready to go. The company reps were all confused, had no paperwork and were completely unorganized and overwhelmed. The company had overbooked the guests on the trip and had no clue how many they had and who was supposed to be on the trip. It was a complete amateur operation with panic, lack of communication and major confusion. After numerous phone calls, passenger counts and other BS, we were told that Princess Cruises had overbooked and we would not be allowed on the trip. We did not book through Princess but we were told all the Princess Cruise passengers had to be placed on the trip. Every raft was overbooked . We were there for this day only so they couldn’t and wouldn’t help us. We went back to Princess Cruise and told them what happened and they claim they did not overbook. This company is not to be trusted as it is a complete flight by night operation with no regard for booked guests.
Written May 31, 2022
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Barbara C
Denton, TX90 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We were there to photograph bald eagles at the Preserve. They are mostly congregating at mile marker 21. You can stop at mile 19, 20, and 21. The weather was warmer than normal, and the river seems to be flowing differently than in past years. The eagles were hanging out farther away than we would have liked. One of the locals stated that the water behind the tree line hadn’t frozen yet to force the eagles closer to us. Also, the eagles seemed to have plenty of fish to eat, so they weren’t fighting for food. It would have been nice to see more interaction between the eagles.

I had thought that we would be closer to the eagles. We got some photos, but since there wasn’t snow on the ground, themphotos were a little disappointing.

If I were to return, I would try to try to see what the weather was doing before booking my trip. We had dreary, rainy weather almost every day.
Written December 1, 2019
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Susan T
New Brighton, MN94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We took this excursion off of our NCL cruise ship. We took the same excursion in Sept 2018 and it was a nice sunny day. The views surrounding the river were stunning and and we saw many eagles. I got several nice shots of the mountains surrounding the river and several eagle pics. This year was a rainy day, so that limited the number of pictures I could take, but it was still a great trip. They provided us with rain ponchos and boots, so we were able to stay mostly dry. I’m guessing we saw 75 eagles! There were so many we quit counting. Our guide provided information about the eagles so we could roughly identify their age. Because of the rain, we ate our shore lunch in the bus. Even with the rain, it was a fun trip!
Written October 21, 2019
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