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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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  • This trip was relaxing as Andy did an outstanding job of making sure we were comfortable, safe and informed during our three hour trip down the river. We saw eagles taking fish from the river, learned...  more »
  • A trip on the Chilkat River should be a highlight of any trip to Alaska. The ferry from Skagway to Haines and the antique bus trip to the river are necessary preliminaries to a delight. The peerless T...  more »
  • Rafting on the Chilkat River is something those of any age will enjoy. It's gentle float through wild and pristine forests and wetlands. You might see moose, bald eagles, swans . . . or even a bear! E...  more »