Scenic River Float Tour

2 ¼ Hours Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
Transportation Included
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From the cruise ship pier/downtown
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No minimum age for this tour
No Whitewater Rapids
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A mellow, relaxing float tour


A sightseeing tour with a rafting component, the Scenic River Float Tour provides an excellent opportunity to learn about Skagway and the surrounding area through a slightly different perspective than the various bus-based Skagway tours. There’s something about getting on the water and experiencing the surrounding natural beauty first-hand that leaves a lasting impression. The Scenic River Float is not one of those ‘hold on for dear life’ types of rafting trips, but rather a mellow float tour that allows you to photograph nesting eagles, observe the surrounding glaciated peaks, and soak in the informative commentary from your guide, which touches on the interesting history of the area, deriving its roots from the Klondike Gold Rush. With glimpses of the Chilkoot Trail and the lost town of Dyea, this Taiya River trip focuses on all of the Skagway highlights, like most excursions Skagway Alaska, though from a natural outdoor setting with a small group.

As for other excursions Skagway Alaska, pick-up is at the cruise docks. Starting with a scenic 10-mile drive out to the historic town of Dyea, the day begins as your guide narrates the short bus ride which cruises along the northern tip of the Taiya Inlet. It’s not uncommon to see eagles and even seals along the journey, and you’ll actually pass right by the start of the Chilkoot Trail, which was the notoriously arduous path taken by thousands of prospectors a century ago in hopes of striking it rich in Yukon’s interior. Climb aboard the sturdy river raft for a peaceful float down the Taiya River, which is fed by high-mountain glacial streams. Depending on the time of year, bald eagles can be prominent and the surrounding views resonate Alaska’s natural outdoor beauty. Enjoy a riverside snack after the float before heading back to Skagway, where you will still have plenty of time to explore the town or even join another tour. One of the most stunning excursions Skagway Alaska, the Scenic River Float tour will leave you with memories, and photos, that will last long after your Alaskan adventure!


Were you looking for a scenic float trip but also hoping for a chance to move your legs? Our Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour might be right for you.

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgeable Guides
Light Snacks & Water
Equipment & Gear: Rain Poncho, Rubber Boots, & Life Jackets
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

Will we get wet on the rafting ride?
No, this tour is a scenic and mellow float tour and does not contain any whitewater or rapids. Ponchos can be supplied if there is a drizzle but we recommend bringing your camera along as there is no worries about splashing water.
What's the largest group size?
The maximum group size that the rafts can hold is 11 people.
What will the weather be like?
One thing that is predictable about Alaskan coastal weather is that the weather can be variable. In the course of the day we can see sun, drizzle, sun, clouds and everything in between. Our tours are very rarely due to weather as the conditions are typically fleeting. The classic saying is that if you don't like the Skagway weather now, just wait 45 minutes. A sunny, warm day might end up rainy and vice versa.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 2 years old
The Scenic River Float is suitable for most ages/ skill levels but under 2 is not advised.
This tour operates in rain or shine.
This tour is professionally narrated, and all necessary safety gear and instruction are included.
Small Group Size
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


2h 15min

Adult Rate

Child Rate

Itinerary • 2h 15min

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Guides will meet you at your cruise ship dock and transport you to the start of the tour.

20 minutes
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As you make your way to the launch site on the Taiya River, you'll enjoy a narrated tour from your guide.

25 minutes
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Your guide will navigate your 10-person raft for a smooth and peaceful float down the river which has excellent bird viewing opportunities.

45 minutes
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Load back up into the van for your return to the cruise ship.

45 minutes