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Chilkat River, Haines

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The Chilkat River is a river in British Columbia and southeastern Alaska that flows southward from the Coast Range to the Chilkat Inlet and ultimately Lynn Canal. It is about 80km long. It begins at Chilkat Glacier, in Alaska, flows west and south in British Columbia for 27km, enters Alaska and continues southwest for another 60km. It reaches the ocean at the abandoned area of Wells, Alaska and deposits into a long delta area.The river was named by the Russians for the Chilkat group of Tlingit, called /Ǯiɬqut/ in their own language, who lived in the region. The name means "salmon storehouse".Near the Chilkat River is the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where thousands of bald eagles appear between October and February, to take advantage of late salmon runs. Nearby Haines, the nearest town, is the most common organization spot for birdwatchers.TributariesKlehini RiverTsirku River
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  • We went on a rafting tour with Andy as our tour guide and with my husband, our grandpa and our older daughter. It is perfect for any ages, the river is nice and calm. We saw several eagles nesting - v...  more »
  • My wife and I went on the Chilkat river rafting tour by the Haines Rafting Company. It was an enjoyable and informative ride down the river. Lizi was an enthusiastic and skilled guide. It was fascinat...  more »
  • Due to the time of year, late May, there were only a few bald eagles sighted perched on the top of trees or in nests in the Bald Eagle Preserve. It was a peaceful (not white water) float down the rive...  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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