Jetboat Adventure and Haines Highlights

Jetboat Adventure and Haines Highlights

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      Haines, Alaska, USA
      4 Hours
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      $ 207
      • Context: You’ll start off with a brief town tour of Haines, led by a guide who’s knowledgeable and entertaining. No mere add-on, you’ll learn the cultural and historical context of the Preserve.
      • Confab: Sit back, relax, ask questions, and continue to soak in the fascinating narrative on your half-hour ride to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
      • Conveyance: Arriving on the private property of River Adventures, you’ll switch from four wheels to a four-stroke outboard motor as you climb aboard a flat-bottomed boat designed and built specifically for this glacier-fed river. You'll spend approximately 1.5 hours on the river, all in the heart of the secluded Bald Eagle Preserve.
      • Conservation: More creatures than Bald Eagles call the Chilkat Preserve their home. Bears, Wolves, Moose, and other animals also find their way to this place of protection, so you never know what you’ll spot on your exploration!
      • Consume: This tour hits all the important bases, including gastronomic ones! A delicious lunch is served that includes chili and dogs, chips, and dessert with your choice of coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, or water.

      We'll do our very best to ensure you'll GoBe an explorer in Alaska. Please note there is very limited space available on this tour and all reservations must be reconfirmed. Thanks for your understanding.

      Meeting point

      Let us know how you are travelling and we can pick you up on the street side of the Haines Cruise Ship Dock or in town, upon request.

      Helpful hints

      Warm outerwear and lap blankets are provided, if needed.

      If taking pictures from the vehicle, turn your flash off, set your camera on manual focus, use the fastest shutter speed possible, and zoom as far as you can.

      Getting around

      This experience requires travelers to walk a short distance at the river dock on flat gravel surface and be able to step into the bus and boats. The tour is not wheelchair accessible.

      Activity type

      Boat Tour, Scenic, Bus Tour, Wilderness/Wildlife

      Transportation used

      Flat Bottom River Boat. Seats are high backed touring style in the bus.

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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Weight restrictions

      We have extra jackets that fit up to 6XL, so larger travelers are accommodated.

      Special comments

      All travelers are required to sign a waiver before participating.

      While you might not be able to see Russia from the houses in Haines, Alaska, doan-cha know, there’s not much else out of reach for the “Adventure Capital of Alaska.” Located within Chilkat Valley and originally settled by the Tlingit culture, Haines has a multi-millennial history of Tlingit habitation. The reasons then are much the same as the reasons people flock to Haines now: its mild climate, natural beauty, and proximity to fishing, hunting, river rafting, kayaking, whale watching, hiking, Glacier Bay National Park and, of course, the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. For these reasons and more, it’s the perfect launch pad for any Chilkat experience.

      You’ll begin with a brief but fascinating tour of Haines. The town boasts the WWI-era military base of Ft. William H. Seward, set against its stunning Chilkat Mountain backdrop, as well as the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center’s outstanding Tlingit and pioneer relics. In the category of “Alaskan trivia for a thousand, Alex,” the movie White Fang, starring a young Ethan Hawke, was filmed in Haines, and Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush is partially filmed on the Porcupine River just north of Haines.

      Next, you’ll be driven along the Haines Scenic Byway (one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the world!) on the half-hour trip to River Adventure’s private property. There, you’ll trade asphalt and wheels for the water and a flat-bottomed jet boat uniquely designed for your glacial river tour through the Bald Eagle Preserve. As the Captain maneuvers the quiet, open-air boat along the river, soak in the Alaskan scenery as you look for Bald Eagles and their massive nests. Should you also happen to spot a moose or bear, your captain will stop the boat so that you can snap the Alaskan photo of a lifetime!

      Still giddy from the Preserve and its amazing denizens, you’ll return to River Adventure’s property and be greeted with coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and lemonade as well as a tasty meal. This epic tour will leave you planning your next visit before you ever pack up to head home.

      Think Again, Ben

      Despite the fact that Benjamin Franklin felt it to be “a bird of bad moral character” that “does not get his living honestly,” the Bald Eagle has nonetheless earned its mark of distinction as the national symbol of America. It’s an amazing bird, actually. For starters, it mates for life - which in itself is wonder enough. Both males and females build their nests (usually in trees) and take turns sitting on the chicks. Bald Eagle nests are enormous, generally around 5’ wide and 3’ deep, but one sassy mama in Florida said “no” to the condo and held out for the treetop mansion with a view. The resulting nest, examined in 1963, broke all records with its 9 ½ foot diameter, depth of 20 feet, and weight of two tons. With all due respect to Mr. Franklin, seems like the Bald Eagle is, indeed, the perfect symbol of American ingenuity!

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.


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      Haines, Alaska, USA
      Haines, Alaska, USA
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear warm layers
      Wear Hat
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