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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Haines, AK
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Haines
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: To get to the Chilkat Preserve, you must take the fast ferry back down the canal to Haines and book a tour to the preserve. You can also fly one of... more »
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Metuchen, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Eagles and more Eagles rafting with Andy of Haines Rafting Company was well worth it. Andy was great with his knowledge of the area and wild life was very impressive. He was on time with excellent equipment. Don’t miss the Eagles

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Umina Beach, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We hired a car in Haines and this was one place we went to see. There were so many Eagles and I got heaps of great photos. If you want to see Eagles this is the place to go.

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Houston, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We tried to visit the preserve, but found the staff very unhelpful. It took them 10 days to answer an e-mail requesting basic information about the preserve. By that time, we made other plans to visit the Chilkoot River where we saw dozens of bald eagles.

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Southern California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were here in August and I wish we could have been here in November when ALL the eagles come in for the season! We saw a few eagles, but not as many as I would have liked

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Mount Laurel
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Eight people on a rubber raft on a shallow glacial river rowed by a young, strong, experienced woman. Instead of seeing eagles at a distance in the tops of trees, the eagles were on little spits of land also in the middle of the river. The eagles paid no attention to us as they watched for salmon. The sandwiches and... More

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Barstow, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I saw many more bald eagles this trip than last even though we were technically too early for their arrival. The greatest "show" is in November as we learned, but still worth looking for them.

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New York City, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

After taking the fast ferry from Skagway to Haines, we boarded a bus and rode along the river. First stop was lunch at an overlook with fantastic views. A short ride later we were boarding our rubber raft for a float through eagle country. We saw eagles flying and landing in trees, sitting on logs or the riverbank, and one... More

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New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Spent a few hours in a raft floating down the Chilkat River (8 miles) and enjoyed seeing many Bald Eagles soaring over my head or sitting on logs watching us as we went by. Absolutely incredible!!! They are so beautiful and graceful.

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

From our NCL Pearl Cruise excursions, we took a ferry to Haines and a bus ride to the Chillkat River for a float down the Chillkat River. We were lucky to have a very nice day and we saw sights that are hard to put into words...just beautiful. We saw 40-50 eagles, both adults and children, some very close to... More

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New York, NY
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We weren't there at the right time of year. Nice little nature walk but not many eagles to be seen during mid-August. Eaten alive by the mosquitos and other biting bugs - not sure it's worth the pain unless it's "high season" for the eagles (November, I believe)

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