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Chilkoot River, Haines

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The Chilkoot River is a river in Southeast Alaska, United States, that extends about 20mi from its source and covers a watershed area of 100mi2. The source of the river is in the Takshanuk Mountains to the west and the Freebee glacier and unnamed mountains to the east. From its source, the upper reach of the river extends approximately 16mi to the point where it enters Chilkoot Lake. From the downstream end of the lake, the lower reach of the river flows for about 1.5mi until it enters the Chilkoot Inlet, a branch at the northern end of the Lynn Canal.At the head of the lower reach of the river, on the shore of the lake, lies a prehistoric village which was a Chilkoot Indian settlement. The names of the village — Tschilkut, Tananel, or Chilcoot — have been given to the river and also to the lake.The river and its precincts, known as the Chilkoot River Corridor, have been brought under the monitoring of the Chilkoot River Corridor Strategic Planning Project (CRC) to preserve its ecological and historical heritage. A fishing weir has also been constructed on the river to monitor and count fish moving from the lake into the lower reaches of the Chilkoot River and the Chilkoot Inlet.TopographyThe Chilkoot River near Haines has a short length of about 20mi from the source covering a watershed area of 100mi2. The source of the river is in the Takshanuk Mountains to the west and the Ferebee glacier and unnamed mountains to the east.
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  • August 13, 2017
    At our 2tägigen Haines, we went of course stay to the salmon counting point. There we were told that you can see bears in the morning or in the evening. We have been on the first day to approximately 1500 there and could see by the bridge already a bear (speedy). The next morning we have roomy 2 young bears. We have seen every day at least 1 bear there. On the last morning, the boys were very curious and have approached a parked car. A campground is located at the end of the road. There it has a boat. In the evening, it is absolutely magical when the weather! In addition, one can observe many bald eagles! The salmon counting station is very interesting, because a man all day on this bridge is equipped with an air-gun and bear spray, and the salmon is one of manuel. Who is in Haines must there.
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  • August 7, 2017
    On our list of things to see in Alaska were bears and salmon and this offered both to us. We saw 2 grizzly bears catching and eating salmon...what a beautiful sight. We also saw 3 eagles and enjoyed n...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    Just a few miles out of town past the ferry terminal lies a local scenic gem: the Chilkoot River. Draining expansive Chilkoot Lake, the short (less than 3 miles long) river, flanked by a decent gravel...  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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