Wrangell, Alaska, US
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the world's largest temperate rain forest. The Stikine River is one of the last truly wild rivers in North America, running directly through the nearly half-million-acre Stikine LeConte Wilderness area. Famed American naturalist John Muir described it as 'a Yosemite 100 miles long'. The surrounding dense forest is home to a variety of wildlife species, some of which you might be lucky enough to glimpse.
Experience the excitement of an exhilarating jet-boat ride on a custom, purpose-built, heated and covered vessel. You'll learn a bit of the area's gold rush history, and see world-renowned Stikine River scenery and great photo opportunities.
Traverse the ever-changing river delta, meander through side sloughs and explore the banks of the river. Seek out views of distant mountain peaks, spy on spawning salmon and listen to thundering waterfalls.
Your journey culminates at Shakes Lake, dotted with sparkling blue icebergs. Conditions permitting, you'll venture in farther for a view of Shakes Glacier and the ancient ice from which it was created.
Enjoy a delightful snack including smoked Alaska salmon on board the vessel as you are immersed in the experience of the wilderness up close as the peaceful river rolls by. Accompanied by wine and cheese, your snack brings a touch of civilization to your wilderness experience.
All too soon, it is time to return to the ship in Wrangell.
Please note: The tour route and sights may change due to weather, nature and water conditions. Due to the nature of boating in the wilderness on the Stikine River, which sometimes requires travel in shallow water, on rare occasions you may experience quick or sudden stops, starts and turns while underway. Participants should be in good physical health with a full range of motion to get into/out of the vessel and have no motion-related ailments or any other health issues. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. You must walk 300 feet from the ship to board the jet-boat. In certain tidal conditions the access ramp to the vessel can be very steep. Substitutions the snack ingredients are sometimes necessary. Restrooms are very basic in the wilderness location, consisting primarily of USFS outhouses. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum age is 8 years. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf.