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Chilkat River Adventures

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Haines, AK, USA
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About Chilkat River Adventures
Where the road ends, your adventure begins! Experience the true wilderness that Alaska is famous for on our narrated river tour in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which explores miles tributaries of the stunning glacially carved, braided Chilkat River system. The boats are powered by quiet four stroke outboard jet motors and are uncovered for the best wildlife, scenery, and photography opportunities. Moose are often the highlight of the tour along with bald eagles and their massive nests that are dotted along the river banks. The private property for the jet boat landing, is owned by the Hess family, providing visitors with all the amenities such as modern clean bathrooms and a covered heated pavilion. This tour offers everything, extra outerwear to stay warm and dry, customer service at the highest level, warm and friendly staff, experienced Coast Guard licensed captains and plenty of fun. The Hess family started their business in 1991, taking guests from afar.
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Nan J wrote a review Jun 2022
Noblesville, Indiana3 contributions
This was an amazing excursion booked through Regent cruise line. Our guide on the Chilkat river jet boat tour, CJ, was fun, knowledgeable and professionally proficient. The river is absolutely gorgeous with breath-taking views all around. The ride itself is relaxing as we slowly wound our way through river channels looking for wildlife. The boat rides low so you feel very close to the nature all around you. Mary drove our bus ("box" style like a school bus) from Haines to the jet boat dock and told such great stories about the area. We were thoroughly entertained - not cheesy at all - like a good history teacher! The bus ride is partly along a paved road and partly on a gravel road. There is no sugar-coating it, the gravel road was bumpy! But the jet boat tour with CJ was well-worth the rough ride. After our jet boat ride we had a terrific chicken wrap sandwich with a homemade cookie! I was so pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was - not just a store-bought boring lunch!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Jamison M wrote a review Jun 2022
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This was the best part of our 7 day cruise to Alaska. We took the ferry from Skagway and a 30 min bus ride up the highway to the chilkat river. We didn’t see any moose or bears but the scenery was unbelievable and it was a great experience to feel like you were in a more wild part of Alaska away from cruise ports and cities. Mary who drive our bus too and from the river location was the best tour guide we encountered on our several stop trip. She was informative and passionate about Haines and Alaska. She was excellent. Overall I would highly recommend this for those on a cruise that want to get away from some of the tourist trap areas
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Marissa wrote a review Dec 2021
Appleton, Wisconsin1 contribution
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We had the best time even though we didn’t see much wildlife - the centers and hospitality was well worth it all! Our group had so much fun exploring it all and would definitely book a trip again. 🤍
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Response from KAREN H, Owner at Chilkat River Adventures
Responded Dec 19, 2021
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We love hearing from our guests. Merry Christmas.
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Tina B wrote a review Jul 2021
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Our Haines adventure was the highlight of our Alaska vacation! Karen was absolutely incredible during the entire planning process - we can't thank her enough for the time and effort she put in to scheduling the whole visit. From transportation to hotel reservations and working with us to make the most of our Jetboat Adventure, Kroschel Wildlife Tour, and Raptor Center visit - she took care of everything so we could just relax and enjoy ourselves. Jan, our bus driver was so friendly, full of information and accommodating! Our Jetboat captain CJ was great and tried hard to find wildlife (can't control mother nature!). And Steve Kroschel was SO ENTERTAINING!! It's obvious how much he cares for the animals and they have bonded with him as well. Our high-functioning autistic son was totally engaged every moment of the tour (so unusual!) and tells everyone how much he loved that day of our vacation the most!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from Karen H, Owner at Chilkat River Adventures
Responded Aug 1, 2021
Tina, thank you so much for the wonderful review. We greatly appreciate you letting others know that we helped you throughout your process. I'm just sorry I didn't get to meet you in person.
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Markus H wrote a review Jun 2021
Santa Clarita, California39 contributions19 helpful votes
We did the Jet Boat Tour through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Great Tour with lot's of things to see. Afterwards we had lunch there and finished the tour with a visit at the Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines. Transport, the Tour, Lunch and the museum were great!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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