Bald Eagle Photography Tour
The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June of 1982. The preserve was established to protect and perpetuate the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their critical habitat.
The Chilkat Valley is a year-round home for between 200 and 400 eagles. Over 80 eagle nests have been observed in the Preserve. At least 3,000 bald eagles have been counted within the preserve during the Fall congregation (October through February), and November is the peak gathering time due to a late season run of chum salmon.
Getting there will require that you first travel to Juneau, Alaska, and spend one night in a local hotel. Early the next morning, you will board an Alaska State Ferry for the 3 hour journey north to Haines. Once we get to town, we will immediately head out to the preserve to spend the afternoon photographing the eagles. Steve has been to this location many times and knows of some intimate spots to view and photograph the eagles away from the typical crowded viewing area.
For the next three days, you will leave the lodge before daybreak and will not return until after dark, to maximize your viewing and photography opportunities. Please keep in mind that the days are short in Alaska at this time of year with the most ideal light being between 8am and 2pm.
Accommodations in Haines will be at the quaint Alaska Guardhouse Bed and Breakfast in downtown. In the evenings, there are many great local restaurants to choose from for dinner.
On our last day, the ferry back to Juneau is not until 4:30pm. We will check out of our hotel in the early but still spend the day photographing the eagles. Since the ferry arrives in Juneau at 9pm, another night at a local hotel will be required.