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Haines Chilkoot Lake Nature and Bear Viewing

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Visit Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has it all: Tlingit Indian cultural sites, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Bald eagles, harbor seals, and brown bears are often seen here.

Your naturalist guide is equipped with a powerful spotting scope and knows the best places to stop for scenery and the possibility of wildlife spotting. He will also help you to interpret wildlife behavior and will explain how the animals fit into the Chilkoot's complex ecosystem.

In May, June and July, the wildflowers are at their peak and bald eagles are busy caring for their young on the nest.

Beginning in late July, the Chilkoot 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 mid-August through late September.

Requirements

Other Information

Trip Activities: Scenic drive, stops at various spots for nature and wildlife viewing

Duration: 4 hour from Haines, 6.5 hours from Skagway including transportation.

Tour Operator Provides: Professional naturalist guide, required permits, transportation from/to ship or hotel, light lunch (turkey sandwich, fruit, bottled water) vegetarian and gluten free options available.

You Bring: Your camera, dress in layers, sunscreen and sunglasses

Special Notes

Call or email to check pricing and request reservation: # RGA-1

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