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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Haines, AK
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Ranked #3 of 10 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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Yuma, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My family and I enjoyed a virtually calm rafting experience seeing bald eagles up close. I was uncertain about the rafting part, but everything went smoothly, life jackets were required and safety was important to the crew. The experience of witnessing bald eagles catch a fish and then eat it about 25-30 feet away from us was a sight I... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The raft trip was so much fun, and we saw 132 eagles. Wow. Our guide, Emma, was knowledgeable and fun and we had a great time. Added bonus: Bruno, the swimming dog!

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

To sum it up, how can seeing our majestic bald eagles in the wild not be worth it. It was a cool, early morning start, with a very light drizzle (make that 'a cold drizzle). The group of young people running this were energetic and nice. We had a Westchester County, NY ex-pat who was the real deal. Not a... More

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Sioux Falls, SD
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We did the float trip down the Chikat River through the Eagle Preserve. It was EXCELLENT. We saw so many bald eagles up close and in their natural habitat. This is a wide open natural area and you can drive to the rest stops to view eagles, but it was so much better to view them on the river catching... More

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I super appreciate the education work done here, but found the presentation "ok". We watched one on owls and an Eagle feeding. The facility itself has lots of stuffed animals which were interesting to see and helped you visualize the diversity of wildlife in Alaska. The presentations were decent but not as polished/professional as those I saw done by national... More

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Claymont, Delaware
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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We booked an excursion through our cruise, "Eagle Preserve Rafting & Wildlife Quest" and we were glad we did! We understood that this was not the prime season for eagles. However, the fast ferry from Skagway, the folks who met us and narrated on the bus up the river and guided us down the river on rafts were all great!... More

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Kansas City
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We chose this excursion as part of our cruise/tour. My wife and I are sure glad we did. After the boat ride from Skagway to Haines, we went out on the river with an excellent captain/guide. We saw eagles, moose, glaciers, all while on 9" of water in specially built boats. The hot dog roast after we got back wasn't... More

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

If you like Eagles, this is the place to be. Best trip ever!!!! Eagles abound, and there are not a lot of people. Preserve is about 30km out of town and the drive out everyday was breathtaking.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I'd sure love to come back here at the right time of year to see the 3,500 or so bald eagles that congregate every year. We were a month too early but it's a great drive along the river valley and we did see several eagles.

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Bend, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We booked the 6-hour Haines Eagle Preserve River Adventure with the Hess family through Holland America. Our goal was to leave the beaten path of most excursions and get out to the wilderness. This experience couldn't have made us happier. We were met at the cruise dock by the excursion company and taken to the nearby dock for the Fast... More

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