Chilkoot Lake Kayak Tour – Skagway Departure
Break away from the crowds of Skagway for some kayaking in a true naturalist’s paradise – Haines, Alaska.
Board a high speed ferry across Lynn Canal from Skagway to Haines, where our expertly trained and experienced wildlife and kayak guides will escort you on a fully narrated scenic drive through a rich wildlife corridor. You will arrive at Chilkoot Lake - one of Southeast Alaska's most beautiful glacier-formed mountain lakes. While paddling you will view massive waterfalls, glaciated peaks and abundant wildlife. We utilize the most stable and safe double kayaks in the industry, along with top level kayaking gear. After the tour, lunch is provided, and your guide will drive you back to the ferry where you will return to Skagway.
- Editor's Pick
- Small group ensures personal service
- Lunch included
- Led by a local guide
- Family friendly
- Excellent value for money
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 bear, and migratory birds are often seen here.
Once 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 of 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. Eagle and bear are often attracted to this spot, and you’ll be able to view all the activity from your kayak.
Paddle back to shore and enjoy a snack before driving back to Haines. Once back in Haines, 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.
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: Departs from Skagway, AK
- Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Departure Time:
Tour time varies depending on the catamaran departure time to Haines. The local service provider will contact you with the times available on your tour date.
- Bottled water
- Local guide
- Port pickup
- Entry/Admission - Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Area
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Minimum age 7 years
- Maximum weight 250 lbs.
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name. Hotel guests, please provide name of hotel for pick-up.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Average 5.00 out of 5 stars based on 3 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor.
Leaving the clouds and winds in Skagway, the ferry took us on a scenic ride to Haines were it was sunny and calm. Our bus stopped to let us watch a bald eagle trying to lift a heavy salmon out of a stream. Lake Chilkoot was calm and surrounded by lush forests and mountains so our kayaking adventure was pure joy. Our guide patiently taught us how to kayak and gave us a memorable tour.
Our weather was not so great, but the two tour leaders were fantastic and the lake was still beautiful. We would highly recommend this tour.
We had a great time on our kayak trip - it really couldn't have been better. As a first time kayaker I was a bit nervous about learning to kayak in such cold water, but our guides from Rainbow Glacier - Greg and Zephyr were really outstanding at teaching us what we needed to know and keeping us safe. I enjoyed meeting both of them and they provided excellent commentary on the wildlife and plants around the lake, as well as life in Alaska. I came back from the trip, not just having enjoyed the beauty of the scenery and it is a really lovely, peaceful place and great to be there with a small group but having learned that I really enjoy kayaking and will try it again! We were also provided with a good lunch of sandwiches on locally baked bread, fruit and cookies. For both my husband and myself, this was the best excursion of our cruise and if I was to sum up why - it would be respect. our guides had great respect for the environment and wildlife, and they demonstrated respect for the people they were teaching - I was a little afraid of feeling foolish for not knowing anything about kayaking - but the kindness and respectful attitude of both our guides allowed me to have a great day on the water. Another highlight was the fast ferry from Skagway to Haines and Adam, the ferry captain who provided a stellar narration for the 45 minute ride. He was more informative and entertaining than any other naturalist/ranger we heard during our cruise!
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Product code: COOL-37841P1
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