Round-trip transportation from your Haines cruise ship terminal!
English-speaking certified guide!
Guided visit to Chilkoot Lake State Park!
Keep your eyes open and camera ready for local wildlife sightings!
Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Haines and Alaska!
You will meet your expert naturalist guide right at the end of 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, and 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: a turquoise lake surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and important Tlingit cultural sites. Bald eagles, harbor seals, and brown bears are often seen here. In May, June, and July, the wildflowers are at their peak and eagles are busy caring for their young in the nest. Beginning in late July, the river fills with migrating salmon, while brown bears come down to the river's edge to feed. As the number of salmon in the river increases, the likelihood of seeing bears down along the river increases, with a good probability of bear sightings from early August through late September.
As you drive through the park, your guide knows the best places to stop for scenery and the possibility of wildlife spotting. Your guide is equipped with a powerful spotting scope to bring the wildlife in close and will help interpret the behavior of the local various animals and explain how the animals fit into the Chilkoot's complex ecosystem. Make sure you bring your camera to take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities.
From here, you will return to downtown Haines along the scenic inlet road. Although wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, keep your eyes open as some animals can be spotted along the road and marine life in the nearby inlet.
What is included?
Round-trip transportation from your Haines cruise ship dock.
Scenic drive and walk through the Chilkoot Lake State Park.
Experienced Haines Nature and Wildlife Excursion guide.
Stops for photos at several scenic lookouts.
Potential wildlife spotting.
Driver/guide who will introduce you to the history and breathtaking scenery of this area in Haines, Alaska.
This excursion is done by van, allowing stops at sites large buses cannot enter.
The restrooms are located in the park. They are limited and basic.
Please pay attention to the restrictions and requirements for this excursion, no refund will be granted if the requirements are not met.
We recommend wearing layers with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible walking shoes are also suggested.
We suggest you have cash on hand for refreshments, excursion staff gratuities, shopping, etc.
Where we meet
For this Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion, you will meet your local excursion guide right at the Haines cruise pier area. All necessary details will be printed on your Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket.
This excursion is not wheelchair accessible.
The minimum participation age is 2 years old.
Guests must be able to step in/out of the van.
There is some walking over uneven terrain and slopes in the park.
Pregnant women up to 10 weeks should check with their doctor before booking this excursion. Pregnant women 10 weeks or more should not participate.
This Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion may involve risks. We suggest you check with your elected person of choice to see if these possible risks might affect you.
Will they cancel the Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion if it is raining?
The Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion operates rain or shine, within safety guidelines. The local cruise excursion operator will decide at the time of departure, to postpone or cancel the excursion.
Will I see wildlife on this Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion?
Although there is no guarantee of wildlife sightings, the further you go from civilization, the stronger your chances become. This area in Alaska is known for sightings.
Is Chilkoot Lake fresh water or salt?
The lake is freshwater, much of it runs off from the snow and glaciers in the adjacent mountains.
Do I need to take my passport with me on the Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion to show with my Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket?
No, it is not necessary to take along your passport unless noted by your cruise line or listed in the Restrictions or Notes tab for the excursion. Your local operator has your booking noted. Please arrive with a printed copy of your eticket or digital copy if applicable.
For the Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion, we issue full refund for your deposit or full payment to us if: Canceled by client prior to excursion date with a minimum of 48 hours prior notice by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For cancellation reasons below, you must contact us via email within 14 days after your excursion:
Your ship arrives into port late and you cannot make it in time to the meeting location (we will verify with the tour operator).
Your ship skips/misses the port.
Weather conditions or equipment failure prevents the operator from running the excursion.
A medical problem prevents you from safely participating in the excursion (we will verify with the excursion operator and the guest may send doctor's note). This applies to individuals only and not the remainder of the group.
Cancellations/deposit refund requests that do not comply with the above may not be subject to refund.
Refunds may be subject to a service charge fee as determined by the payment processor, please refer to Terms and Conditions for more information.
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Get away from the crowd and join a small group with your expert naturalist sightseeing excursion guide who will show you the spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife of Chilkoot Lake State Park Alaska!
We really enjoyed our experience while cruising in Alaska. Our guide was amazing and very patient. But the scenery...OMG it was gorgeous. We got to stop to see bears along the way which was an incredible experience. Well run tour and super staff.Show Management Response
Management Response: Hi Patsy. Thank you very much for sharing your review and comments about your recent Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion. It sounds like you and your family got to enjoy the ultimate Alaskan experience and we are happy to hear that you enjoy every moment of it. We hope that we can assist you again for future shore excursion needs.
Your Shore Excursioneer Team 2019
5/5 (Visited on September 2019)
I had this tour during our last cruise to Alaska. The guide was very informative and he knew exactly the best places to go to spot the animals. The views of Alaska nature are simply indescribable. I liked this tour alot.Show Management Response
Management Response: Hello Robert. Thank you for posting your comments and review of the Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion. This excursion allows guests to experience and enjoy a great variety of Alaskan wilderness highlights. We are glad you got to experience nature at its finest! We hope that we can assist you again for future shore excursions.
Your Shore Excursioneer Team 2019
Adriana BeckmannMexico City
what an experience..
5/5 (Visited on July 2017)
It was just so beautiful to come across so much wildlife in natural environment and enjoy nature. It's a refreshing experience, to beautiful to describe with words. We will be coming for a second visit in August. Deb was our guide, we hope to get her as a guide again. The amount of wildlife we saw was great!Show Management Response
Management Response: Hello Adriana Beckmann.
Thank you for posting your comments and review of the Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion.
This excursion allows guests to experience and enjoy a great variety of nature's highlights. We are happy to know what a great job Deb did showing you the area and keeping you informed. It's great to know you will be visiting again and truly look forward to your next visit.
We hope that we can assist you again for future shore excursions.
Your Shore Excursioneer Team 2017
Highly recommended for nature lovers
5/5 (Visited on August 2016)
We had such an amazing time while on this tour, Alaska has such beautiful places... Thank you to all of the staff, they were very nice, hope to be back in the near future. Show Management Response
Management Response: Hi Ismael,
Thank you very much for sharing your review and comments about your recent Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion. We are very glad to read you and your family enjoyed this excursion especially since we just started working on these ports, so you experienced one of our newest excursions. Alaska has some mesmerizing landscapes that you won't find anywhere else and is home to many beautiful animals such as bald eagles and bears.
We hope that we can assist you again for future shore excursion needs, we offer multiple options all around the world.
Your Shore Excursioneer Team 2016
Spencer H.San Francisco
A place beyond belief
5/5 (Visited on August 2015)
Me and my family took the Golden Princess cruise ship last year to go to Alaska. We thought this was the perfect excursion for us to enjoy our day in Haines, our guide did his best to takes us where the last bear sightings have occurred. We all were mesmerized when a momma bear and her cub were spotted, took several pictures so we could treasure such a beautiful moment. Thank you Jimmy for this amazing excursion!Show Management Response
Management Response: Hi Spencer,
Thank you very much for sharing your review and comments about your recent Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion. We are very glad to read you and your family enjoyed your day out in Haines, the landscapes that you get to see are something out of this world. Our local Haines operator will go above and beyond to guarantee wildlife sightings, we have passed along your review to our operator so he can congratulate your excursion guide for the perfect job he is doing. We would appreciate if you shared some pictures of your excursion.
We hope that we can assist you again for future shore excursion needs.
Your Shore Excursioneer Team 2016
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