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“Vacation 2018”

Chilkat River Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Where the road ends, your adventure begins! Experience the true wilderness that Alaska is famous for on our narrated river tour in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which explores miles tributaries of the stunning glacially carved, braided Chilkat River system. The boats are powered by quiet four stroke outboard jet motors and are uncovered for the best wildlife, scenery, and photography opportunities. Moose are often the highlight of the tour along with bald eagles and their massive nests that are dotted along the river banks. The private property for the jet boat landing, is owned by the Hess family, providing visitors with all the amenities, such as modern, clean bathrooms and a covered, heated lunch pavilion. This tour offers everything, extra outerwear to stay warm and dry, customer service at the highest level, warm and friendly staff, experienced Coast Guard licensed captains and plenty of fun. The Hess family started their business in 1991, taking guests from afar, to explore their Alaskan backyard!
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This is the second time we have taken this excursion. We had hoped this year for better weather; and we got it. 60's and partly sunny. The first time we took this jet boat tour, we hoped to see wildlife, but knew it was hit or miss. We always see a lot of eagles, of course. This year, it was obvious that someone is baiting the bears and we saw four of them--a grizzly with her cub and two black bears--all at the same time all in the same place. Very unusual that a grizzly with a cub would tolerate any other bears nearby except this is very obviously a known feeding spot for the bears. Most of the people in our boat had never seen a bear before; and we sat there for at least 20 minutes so people could take photos. I would much rather have seen more of the river and it gorgeous wilderness and taken my changes on seeing wild animal by chance than what we experienced. Food is good; people are very nice. Please stop baiting the animals. Not the experience we wanted.

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JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Kay01215,
We are aware that during the early summer season the Alaska Department of Fish and Game open bear hunting. Although we do not hunt bear there are locals that do so. With that process they have a permit to bait and hunt the bears.
Our tour takes us deep into the upper Chilkat Valley which houses a few species of bear, we may encounter a few of those bait sites along the way.
We understand the downside to baiting but embrace the ability to share the beauty of these creatures to those that have never viewed them in their natural habitat.
We appreciate your return visit and so glad the weather cooperated!
Best Regards~
Chilkat River Adventures Staff

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

So much fun to be out on the Chill at River in Alaska. A nice difference from being on the cruise ship. We had amazing weather. We got to see a moose and bald eagles. Staff was so friendly and informative.

Thank Kim M
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JetBoatAlaska, Marketing at Chilkat River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Kim M,
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed yourself.
Best Regards~
Chilkat River Adventures Staff

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

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