Shakes Glacier

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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Trip Details

Pricing & Details


$260 per person

Departure time


Meeting point

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


4 hours

Group size

Maximum of 15 guests

*We welcome individuals, however we do require a combined minimum of 2 guests for the tour to depart


  • Bottled water

Not included

There is no bathroom onboard the boat. There are USFS outhouses available in several places on the shore however.

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Jacket
  • Any additional drinks or snacks you’d like

Tour staff

  • 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!

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