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Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Haines

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The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is a state park and wildlife refuge in the U.S. state of Alaska near Haines. Established in 1982, the park covers 49,320 acres (199.6 km²), mainly along the Chilkat River, with sections along the Klehini and Tsirku rivers.The preserve is home to the world's largest concentration of bald eagles. 200 to 400 birds live there year-round, with up to 4,000 observed during the annual Fall Congregation.The Haines Highway from miles 12–18 (km 19–29) is a popular viewing location.Further readingBugliosi, Edward F. (1988). Hydrologic reconnaissance of the Chilkat River basin, southeast Alaska: with special reference to the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Anchorage: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
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  • Visited the preserve as an excursion on a Princess Alaska Cruise, Rafted along a shallow section of the river that is home to numerous eagles (full adult and fledglings). From the rafts we were able t...  more »
  • We took the jet boat tour into the Eagle Preserve. The only living thing we saw were two Ravens. Not one Eagle. We did see an ACTIVE eagle nest, at least that is what we were told. This should have be...  more »
  • Driving out to our excursion for the day we drove along the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve highway and were amazed to see all of the bald eagles fishing along the way. Majestic birds.  more »

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Haines supports a few hotels and motels, most of which sit near the waterfront. Bed and breakfasts are more plentiful in the area, and many boast superb views and provide a real taste of Alaska. Renting a more rural cabin or staying at a campsite or RV park is a good way to take advantage of Haines' beautiful natural surroundings.
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