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- Round trip transportation from your Haines cruise ship terminal!
- English speaking certified kayaking guide!
- All safety instructions and necessary kayak gear provided!
- Complimentary sack lunch!
- Visit famous Chilkoot Lake State Park!
Break away from the cruise ship crowds of Haines for this kayaking shore excursion in a true naturalist's paradise - Chilkoot Lake. Upon arrival in Haines, you will meet your kayak cruise excursion guide at the cruise pier and set out along the Lutak Inlet on a drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. The drive is very scenic: on one side, you have glacier-clad mountains scraping the sky, splashes of colorful wildflowers along the road. On the other side, you have the Lutak Inlet, which is home to many types of marine life.
This park has it all-important Tlingit cultural sites, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We will keep an eye out for wildlife; bald eagles, brown bear, and migratory birds that stop here seasonally.
Upon arrival at the lake, you will have a quick kayaking orientation, safety briefing and take in the scenery while you board your 2 people, easy-rider sea kayak. Sea kayaking is easy to learn and your expert excursion guide will show you the basics of paddling. Outfitted with the proper gear, you will soon be gliding silently along the shores of Chilkoot lake. This pristine lake is uncrowded and the scenery is spectacular. Huge waterfalls spill off the cliffs surrounding the lake, lush green forests crowd the shoreline, and wildlife abounds. Pause at the base of one of these waterfalls where your kayak cruise excursion guide will reveal the secret workings of the rainforest. Beginning in July, sockeye salmon spawn in one of the clear streams that feed into the lake. Eagle and bear are often attracted to this spot, and you will be able to view all the activity from your kayak.
Paddle back to shore and enjoy a complimentary snack before driving back to Haines. The scenery is constantly changing and there is always the potential of marine and wildlife sightings, so keep your eyes open. Return to your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable kayaking shore excursion adventure in Haines, Alaska!
We learned that we were right in time for season change so wildlife sightings were guaranteed but I didn't think we would see so many! It was such an amazing experience. I was just expecting an easy going kayak experience and figured we would see an eagle here and there but my heart nearly fell off my chest with so much excitement! We got to see how the eagles would swoop down and catch some salmon in a blink of an eye. We also saw how the other eagles would steal their food in mid-air! We saw 5 grown bears and 3 small cubs feeding on salmon but we had to keep a safe distance. It was incredible. We had a great guide the whole time, Jen, who went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and gave us so much info about the area and also took some awesome pictures for us with her cool iPhone.
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Can't say enough about this experience
My family and I agree that this is a marvelous excursion!! Personally, I knew very little about Alaska, I would have never imagined that it could offer such beautiful locations... Our guide (who was born and raised there) made sure we knew everything there is to know about Alaska by telling us lots of stories and fun facts. The kayaking in the lake is a unique moment that we will never forget. Thank you Shore Excursioneer for recommending this excursion to us!!!
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