Zack Taylor, owner/operator and Wrangell native was just the perfect captain for our trip up the river to the glacier. The “Frago” was the boat of choice for just two couples. Because of the smaller size, we were able to access areas the bigger boats can’t go. Read full testimonial.
Shakes Hot Springs
Abundant Flora & Fauna
Experience a Truly Unique Corner of the World on this Alaska Boat Tour
Join us as we travel up the stunning Stikine through small side channels of the river known as ‘sloughs’ to reach the river’s many destinations. The headwaters of the Stikine River is in British Columbia and flows 400 miles to saltwater near Wrangell, Alaska, the “Gateway to the Stikine”. Named by the Tlingit Indians, Stikine River means “Great River” and a tour exploring the best it has to offer is not to be missed. Shakes Glacier is the feature of this tour, at the far end of a massive glacier lake that it resides in. Depending on river height, enjoy a soak in the Chief Shakes hot springs, located just upstream of the glacier.
Why Take This Tour?
Between wildflowers on the river’s delta and the looming Shakes Glacier, taking in this impressive landscape from the views on our boat is a truly unforgettable experience
We’ll have the opportunity to witness the largest springtime population of bald eagles, millions of migrating waterfowl and more
To top it all of, depending on the river’s water levels, we’ll stop at the Chief Shakes Hot Springs for a relaxing soak after visiting the glacier
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Pricing & Details
$240 per person
City Dock, unless otherwise notified
This tour is offered from June through August
*Daily availability varies, please click the Book Now button to check availability for specific days
Maximum of 15 guests
*We welcome individuals, however we do require a combined minimum of 2 guests for the tour to depart
- Bottled water
There is no bathroom onboard the boat. There are USFS outhouses available in several places on the shore however.
What to bring
- Any additional drinks or snacks you’d like
- Local captain and guide
What You'll See and Do
We will depart from City Dock in Wrangell and within 10 minutes will be gliding on the delta of the river. On this Stikine River tour we’ll make our way across the delta and up the labyrinth of channels of the river, culminating at the face of Shakes Glacier. We will stop several times along the way at points of interest or for viewing wildlife on the banks. After viewing the glacier, we’ll make our way back down the river to Wrangell.
Points of interest on this tour include:
- Shakes Glacier
- Chief Shakes Hot Springs
- The largest springtime population of bald eagles
- Millions of migrating waterfowl
- Huge hooligan run
- USFS Cabins
- Wildflowers on the river’s delta
What You Need to Know
The Hot Springs are only available when the water levels of the river are at a higher “flood stage”, which is almost impossible to predict. Please contact us if this is something you would like to plan on seeing if possible on the day of your tour!
Previous Guests Rave About Muddy Water Adventures
GO WITH ZACH. I have been up the Stikine River several times but this trip with Zach of Muddy Water Adventures was a much deeper look into the Stikine. The trip never felt rushed and Zach took time to do things like break through the ice (with the boat) on our way to the Shakes Glacier. Read full testimonial.
Zach is such a GREAT guide and boat operator – especially with all the sand bars the Stikine River has. He knows the history and current events of the area so was able to answer all our questions. The scenery is spectacular! Read full testimonial.
My wife and I greatly enjoyed our travel up the Stikine river with Zach Taylor and his covered jet boat. The Stikine is a huge river with unusual scenery including wildlife, waterfalls, forests and a glacier with icebergs that were deep blue islands all around us. Read full testimonial.