Alaska Wilderness River Adventure (Haines)

  • Port

    Skagway, Alaska, US

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Cost


    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 6¼ Hours

  • Meals Included


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Board the fast catamaran ferry for a 45-minute cruise down Lynn Canal to the town of Haines -- a great opportunity to visit two ports in one day. Keep a watchful eye for marine life and bald eagles dotted along the shoreline. Mountain peaks rise from the ocean to heights of 6,000 feet, with cascading waterfalls making for unforgettable photos of Alaska and its rugged terrain.

Soon after your arrival into Haines, you will board a bus for a 30-minute, narrated ride on the Haines Scenic Byway. You're headed to a dock on the Chilkat River, where your journey into the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve begins.

Part company with civilization as you board the boat for the river portion of your outing today. You will traverse many different channels of the silt-laden Chilkat River. Travel at least 20 miles into the wilderness to view bald eagles and their massive nests in completely natural habitat. This roadless area of the Bald Eagle Preserve boasts the best moose habitat in the valley and your chances of spotting moose or bear are very good.

The Hess family started their mom and pop tour 27 years ago with their specially-designed, flat-bottom, open river boats, and the intimate feel of this family-run business persists even today. They have thought of everything -- from preparing your hot dogs on the barbecue grill, to offering extra outerwear to keep you warm and comfortable. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and will entertain you with tales of their backcountry lifestyle and some 'real Alaska' stories. The barbecue meal will be served either before or after your time on the river, depending upon the departure time from Skagway.


Restrooms are available on board the m/v Fairweather Express catamaran, at the river dock and at the pier in Haines. Tidal conditions can make ramp to dock very steep, guests with limited mobility not recommended. Wheelchairs and electric scooters cannot be accommodated. The barbecue meal consists of hot dogs, chips, chili, cookies, lemonade, hot chocolate, coffee, tea or hot apple cider.