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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Haines, AK
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Ranked #4 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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New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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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
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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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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

AWESOME! Beautiful scenery, numerous eagles, great guides. See my review under Eagle Preserve Float excursion.

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Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

From our Regent Seven Seas Navigator Cruise excursions, we took a ferry to Haines and a bus ride to the Chillkat River for out hour and half float down the Chillkat River. We were fortunate to have bright sunny blue skies and CP, our guide was informative and knowledable about the eagles and salmon. A must see and to do... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Luckily we had a beautiful day to be out. The preserve is really nice, it's not exciting but it is a leisurely way to pass the day. Our guide was nice and made it a good experience.

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Yuma, Arizona
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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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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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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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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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