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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  • We arrived before the Eagles came in for the last salmon run but saw a few eagles in the area anyway. This location is incredibly scenic and I was amazed by the beauty. I would love to return someday ...  more »
  • We rented a car and did a leisurely drive through the preserve, we probably saw 50-60 bald eagles from the road which travels by the river for some distance. Take your binoculars because eagles are ev...  more »
  • We were on a Holland America Land and Sea Tour and took the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Raft Tour. The guide was knowledgeable and shared all kinds of local information. We probably were able to see a...  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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