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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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Jet Boat Adventure and Raptor Expedition - Skagway Departure

This jet boat adventure immerses you in the wilderness of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You’ll take a ferry ride to Haines for a small-group tour of town with a guide, followed by coach travel along the Haines Scenic Byway. Then set off through the braided tributaries of the Chilkat River. Wildlife opportunities abound with eagles and moose often being the highlights. Lunch and transport from Skagway included.
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Jet Boat Adventure and Raptor Expedition - Haines Departure

Get access to a private property on the Chilkat River and remote areas of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve on this jet boat adventure from Haines. Spend a half-day in the company of a guide following a curated itinerary designed to ensure you don't miss a thing in this pristine wilderness. With warm outerwear provided, you'll be equipped to fight the chill on the boat ride down the river, listening to narration from the captain while looking out for eagles, moose, bears, and other wildlife.
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4 hours
from $155.00
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jody e wrote a review Oct 2019
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We booked this tour seperately from the cruise ship and were glad for it. Our tour was able to go longer than the regular tour because of this. Our guide Rustin was extremely knowledgable and did everything possible to get us views of wildlife while pointing out many interesting things about Alaska. We were not able to see bears but this trip was very worthwhile and I recommend it. We had the benefit of great weather but I would plan on dressing warmly as the boats are open air and the tours take a couple hours or so. My family loved it!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Russ W wrote a review Sep 2019
Chatham, Canada237 contributions18 helpful votes
The whole crew from Cheryl who picked us up in Haines to Sierra who shared her puppy with the group to Javier our boat captain we had a great time. The sights were amazing. We saw a number of birds (including bald eagles and trumpeter swans) but alas no bear or moose. Thanks for the hospitality.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures
Responded Sep 14, 2019
RussW146, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Cheers, Chilkat River Adventures
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Sheryl V wrote a review Sep 2019
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This trip was by far my favorite - I loved our guide Javier- so knowledgeable and very quick to stop the boat when someone spotted wildlife. We got to see Bald Eagles and a Moose! But even if we didn't see any animals I would have enjoyed the ride and the beautiful scenery
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded Sep 14, 2019
Sheryl V, We are so glad that you got to enjoy Alaska's beautiful scenery, sounds like you got the bonus tour and saw wildlife. Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. Best Regards, Chilkat River Adventures
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JillDW wrote a review Sep 2019
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This trip was well worth the effort. One of the best shore excursions I've been on. The guide, Rustin (I hope that's the correct spelling!) drove the bus and piloted the boat. He was very entertaining and tried very hard to find us some moose or bears. However, since this is the wild and not an animal park, there's no guarantee of seeing animals. We DID see eagles, including one juvenile who hadn't left the nest and the parent eagle who was no doubt giving us the Evil Eye. We saw a harrier and a couple of trumpeter swans. There were also salmon lurking about. The best part was when Rustin took us to a wide area (maybe an actual lake?) where the water was so smooth that it reflected the mountains. So beautiful! I got some nice pictures of that! Thanks!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures
Responded Sep 14, 2019
JillDW, We appreciate your informative review, the beauty of the Alaskas land is always impressive but seeing the wildlife is a bonus! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Best Regards, Chilkat River Adventures
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robert h wrote a review Sep 2019
Morristown, New Jersey266 contributions102 helpful votes
An easy way to penetrate into remote area to see bald and golden eagles.. Probably a 40-minute ride by bus to the jet boats. Fortunately these people know that guests don't show up with sufficient cold weather clothing. Jet boats at speed on a river of 38-degree water is a cold location. However, your guides can provide gloves, ear covers additional parkas and best of all blankets for your legs. The boats are WIDE open so there is no shelter from wind, the cold or bad weather. You are on the water about an hour and forty-five minutes so another tip is - use the toilets before you embark. Scenery is great and wildlife is on and off as they so decide to be around when you are. Our guide, Javier, was excellent. Javier was Aa very knowledgeable, and engaging person. Upon our return they had small wraps, chips and coffee or tea to help warm the bones. Given any day with reasonable weather this is a nice tour.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures
Responded Sep 9, 2019
Robert H, Thank you for taking the time to leave an informative review, we appreciate our guests feedback. Reviews like yours provides information for future guests. Providing adequate gear is important when you are in changing climates. We want our guests as comfortable and focused on spotting wildlife and enjoying the Alaskan scenery. Best Regards, Chilkat River Adventures
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