Chilkoot Lake Kayak
Break away from the crowds of Skagway for some kayaking in a true naturalist’s paradise – Haines, Alaska. The trip begins with a 45-minute catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords, which connect Skagway to Haines.
Arrive in Haines and enjoy a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. 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’ll keep an eye out for wildlife; bald eagles, brown bears, and migratory birds are often seen here.
Arrive at the lake, take in the scenery, and board your sea kayak. Sea kayaking is easy to learn and your expert guide will show you the basics of paddling. Outfitted with the proper gear, you’ll soon be gliding silently along the shores of the 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 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. Eagles and bears are often attracted to this spot, and you’ll be able to view all the activity from your kayak.
Paddle to shore and enjoy a snack before driving back to Haines. Once there, enjoy a guided driving tour of downtown Haines and historic Fort William H. Seward. Board the high-speed catamaran for your journey back to Skagway. Return to your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.
Day on the Fjord
This is a great way to get out on the water and see the Lynn Canal at its best. Towering mountains and hanging glaciers are the backdrop for this guided wildlife extravaganza. This is a great option for a full-day trip. We will spend 5 to 6 hours exploring the waters of the Chilkat Peninsula and surrounding area. Take your choice of a double or single kayak and keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, seals, orcas, and humpback whales.
* Note – This trip can be influenced by wind and weather. If conditions exceed the ability of our guests or our safety protocols then the trip will be moved to Chilkoot Lake (see description above). All other details – except location – of our Day on the Fjord trip will not change.
Klehini River Packrafting
The day begins with a 45-minute van ride along the meandering Chilkat River, past the confluences with the Kicking Horse and Tsirku rivers. We skirt the village of Klukwan, a Tlinjkit settlement located on the same ground for thousands of years, eventually reaching the mouth of Porcupine Creek and the start of our paddle on the Klehini River. We can choose to paddle the upper section of the Klehini for a half-day adventure, or all the way to 20 Mile on the Haines Highway for a full-day adventure. Either way, we will let the current take us through unbridled wilderness as we follow the path down the Klehini. Along the way we may see some of the plentiful wildlife that lives along the banks such as brown or black bears, wolves, coyotes or moose grazing on alder along the side the river. We are sure to see bald eagles, plentiful throughout the valley.
The area around Haines is teeming with both on- and off-trail hiking opportunities. Whether you are looking for a coastal trail hike over rolling terrain, weaving in and out of the forest and onto the beaches of the Chilkat Peninsula, or a trip that will take you into the backcountry and true Alaskan wilderness, you will find it in Haines. Maybe you are looking to gain some elevation and experience truly unique views of the fjord around Haines. Our day trips up Mt. Ripinsky and Mt. Riley are great options. Their summits will offer unparalleled views of the fjord, the town of Haines, and, on a clear day, may let you get a peek of Mt. Fairweather nearly 80 miles away. If you are looking for a little less strenuous hike, the trails on Battery Point or Seduction Point offer rolling terrain along the coast with great opportunities to see marine mammals and experience our temperate rainforest environment.