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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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  • 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 »
  • When you visit this place in Haines, a visit sure to take time for quiet and.. In this area. plenty of bold eagles, Grizzly's and the salmon come here from mid-July and August swim in beautiful surroundings. Who all this "free:" and want to see up close I recommend 1 or 2 more sleeps to camp on the Chilkoot Lake State campground.
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  • Do not miss this! Chilkoot River has a fish weir and a resident grizzly family. On our visit lots of fishermen in the river and we saw 3 bears on the road. Pay attention to the signs and the park rang...  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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