When Karen and Duck Hess started River Adventures in 1991, they wanted to show travelers the wilderness surrounding their hometown of Haines. And there was no better wild spot than the roadless upper reaches of the Chilkat River Bald Eagle Preserve. On their quiet, maneuverable jet boats, you’ll see hanging glaciers, towering mountains, open valleys, and clear lakes. You’ll also witness some of the best moose and eagle habitats in Southeast Alaska. In over 20 years of operation, the Hesses have perfected the trip; you’ll find Bose speakers on the boats, a heated lunch pavilion, and informative, entertaining narration.
Get hands-on and up close as you learn about local animals, trappers, and the Dena’ina Indians, with the wilderness as your classroom. Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures makes it possible with their jet boat adventures on the Susitna, Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers. For some visitors, this exploration will be their deepest immersion into the Alaskan wilderness—something you just can't get from a flightseeing tour, a cruise, or a car.
Climb on board an authentic Alaskan sternwheeler, the Riverboat Discovery, and take a journey back in time along the Chena and Tanana rivers. Sternwheeler boats transport you out into the Alaskan wilderness, and also back to a time when Gold Rush fever was sweeping across the state. The Discovery II and Discovery III offer fully narrated three-and-a-half-hour tour. But all your time isn't spent on the boat. You'll make an unforgettable one-hour stop at Chena Indian Village.