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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 of tributaries of the stunning glacially carved, braided Chilkat River system. Your tour starts with a glacial fjord ferry ride to the town of Haines, known as the adventure capital of Alaska. Meet your guide and embark on a short tour of this quaint town with a stop at “Picture Point” for your memorable photo of Historic Fort William H. Seward with the Chilkat Mountains in the backdrop. Then it is off to the adventure part of your tour as your guide drives you up the Haines Scenic Byway to the private property of River Adventures. This is where you prepare for your jet boat tour and your journey through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The boat is powered by very quiet four stroke outboard jet motors, and is uncovered for the best wildlife, scenery, and photography opportunities. Moose are often the highlight of the tour along with bald eagles with their massive nests that are dotted along the river banks. If you encounter a moose, bear or any other wildlife, your captain can stop the boat so you can get your Alaska photo of a lifetime!

This excursion offers everything in a small group setting of up to 24 guests maximum. Warm and friendly staff provide customer service at the highest level. Extra outerwear to stay warm and dry is provided as well as lunch in a covered, heated pavilion with modern facilities. So bring a smile and you will leave with memories, photos, and a greater appreciation for the Alaskan wilderness and the people who call it their home!
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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Chilkat River Adventures
Experience the true wilderness of Alaska via jet boat tour in the heart of the Eagle Preserve! Explore miles of the stunning Chilkat River System. Your small group tour starts with a ferry ride to Haines. Then up the scenic byway to where your boat awaits you. Wildlife and scenery opportunities abound with eagles and moose often being the highlights. Your captain can stop the boat so you can get your Alaska photo of a lifetime! Return to Skagway with memories, photos, and an appreciation for the Alaskan wilderness!
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Family friendly
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Lunch included
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic time on the Chilkat River

This was our second time taking this tour. We booked it 3 years ago on Regent and this time on Oceania . Javi was our captain and he was wonderful ! You could tell he loved his job. We saw Moose and all kinds of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great wilderness viewing off the beaten path

This was one of the shore excursions I was most looking forward to, we took the fast ferry from Skagway to Haines (45 minutes) where we met our bus driver (Cheryl ?) she did a great job narrating our 1/2 hour ride to the river...More

Thank Keith F
JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Keith F. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, we are pleased that you enjoyed your tour! Best Regards~ Chilkat River Adventures

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Beautiful scenery but no wildlife!

Beautiful scenery but no wildlife. We enjoyed the boat ride from Skagway to Haines and our bus driver was a hoot. The jet boat ran flawlessly and the multilayered clothing was helpful. We expected wildlife and other than a distant bald eagle in a tree...More

Thank Cavydad
JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Cavydad, Thank you for your review, it is our policy to inform all of our guests that there is a likelihood of seeing wildlife but we are at the mercy of the wild animals. We understand that not all tours will get to see wildlife...More

Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

We booked this pricey excursion through princess cruise lines. The five hour excursion was primarily spent on the ferry from and to Skagway and a bus from and to the river. We spent very little time in a jet boat on the river (30 minutes...More

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JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

tlmstew, I am sorry you were disappointed in your tour. You are right, our rivers are glacial fed and at times present themselves with debris due to the glacial melt. Our river can fluctuate it's levels by 3' overnight so the flow and debris that...More

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Haines Chilkat River Jet Boat adventure

We took this excursion when docked at Skagway on a Holland America cruise in early June 2018. Our coach driver from Haines, Rochelle, supplied loads of interesting information and stories about everyday life in Alaska. We had a light meal and took some amazing photos...More

Thank Cassalba
JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Cassalba, Your review is accurate in so many ways, thank you for sharing your experience! We were lucky to have you.

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15 April 2018|
Response from Karen S | Reviewed this property |
You shouldn't have any issues. You take a bus to the river, a few steps to the river bank, step onto the boat, sit down and enjoy the journey. The staff are fantastic, and I had a great time. The scenery is AMAZING, so even... More
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