Haines, Alaska, US
Eagle Preserve Float & Native Culture Experience
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Approximately 5 Hours
Watch for eagles and other wildlife and experience the native culture of the Tlingit people on this spectacular combination of a river float trip and cultural experience.
Travel by bus to historic Fort Seward in the picturesque village of Haines and head up the highway and into the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. There, you meet a naturalist guide and board a heavy-duty 18-foot raft to float quietly through the heart of the preserve. The preserve boasts the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world. Eagles frequent the region and bears and wolves occasionally make an appearance, coming here to feed on the plentiful salmon making their way upstream to their spawning beds.
Visit the Native village of Klukwan -- the mother village of the Tlingit Nation, located at the confluence of three rivers. This historic village has seen a multitude of generations, making it an excellent place to experience the fascinating culture and history of the Tlingit people.
Step into the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center. This state-of-the-art, museum-quality center houses an array of cultural treasures of the Chilkat Tlingits. A guided tour through the facility highlights unique cultural art pieces and local Tlingit history. Walk through the exhibit hall to learn the stories behind some of the most famous pieces of Pacific Northwest Coast Native art in the world. The highly prized Whale House Collection, on loan from the Gaanaxteidi clan of Klukwan, was created more than 200 years ago by Kaajísdu.axtch -- a Tlingit master artist of genius level. This much-coveted collection has never been available for public viewing before its placement in this facility.
Enjoy a picnic lunch with views of the Chilkat River, and some afterwards time to visit the gift shop. Local Native arts and crafts can be purchased here or you can use the on-site spotting scopes to watch for eagles fishing for salmon in the Chilkat River.
Minimum age is 7 years.