Mission & History

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Chilkat River Adventures, Inc. to serve our guests with the best,  Alaskan Wilderness Experience, that we possibly can.  We will train our staff to always think of safety first while being courteous, friendly, helpful and informative to our guests while showing them the true wilderness that they expect to see.  We will strive to perform at the travel industries highest standards and either meet or exceed those standards at all times.

History

Chilkat River Adventures, Inc. is owned and operated by Don “Duck” and Karen Hess.  Duck and Karen started their jet boat tour company in 1991, with one boat and they worked solely with independents.  In 1994 they began working with the cruise lines, allowing them to expand their business and build 2 more boats.  In 1996 Duck and Karen purchased 3.2 acres in the middle of the Bald Eagle Preserve, giving them the opportunity to build the infrastructure to service their guests.  Since 1996, Duck and Karen have continued to invest into the company for the comfort of their guests.  This is truly a “Mom & Pop” operation and both Duck and Karen work seven days a week in the summer months to make certain that their company and staff are always up to the standards that they have set.

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