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“Chilkoot River -- Spectacular Scenery, plus Salmon Run”
Review of Chilkoot River

Chilkoot River
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Ranked #8 of 38 things to do in Haines
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Haines, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Chilkoot River -- Spectacular Scenery, plus Salmon Run”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

With a rental car, the Chilkoot River is reached by a 13-mile drive on Lutak Road (fully paved) -- approx. 8 miles past the Ferry Terminal. The river's setting quickly transitions from its wide mouth to a rushing stream bordered by progressively-higher rock walls. At the head of the river is scenic Chilkoot Lake. There are plenty of worthwhile photo-taking opportunities along the river and at its junction with the lake. Descriptive display signs are located there.

Salmon were running during our mid-August visit. Accordingly, many fishermen were fishing from the river's banks as well as wading into the stream. We saw many successful catches. A four-legged fisherman - a large black bear - happened to be situated close to the near bank. We witnessed the bear snag a salmon and then proceed to eat it. While such might have been distressing to some, for us it was an episode of the "circle of life". Seeing this action was one of our vacation's highlights.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Arthur W
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Gilroy, California
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“Wish I could fish like the bears”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

What a wonderful place. Saw many fishermen fishing maybe 50 yds from bear doing the same. I don't even like fishing, but I so wanted to be out there on the river with them. Beautiful views and very interesting people.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed at the campsite and went down to watch bears morning and night. Saw mother with cub at very close proximity Also saw two other bears fishing in the river. We did get a sighting of the very old grey bear with white claws. He was scavenging so I am not sure if he is capable of fishing now. The river and lake are beautiful

Visited August 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Scenic drive”
Reviewed 14 September 2013

This is a scenic drive, with several opportunities to pull off a take in the views, take photos, etc. And at one spot we saw a mother bear with a cub! We watched her fish, while "junior" chased a raven. And at the end of the road is Chilkoot Lake, a spectacularly gorgeous body of water surrounded by mountains and forest - with eagles in the trees.

There are restrooms at the lake because it's also a campground.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Eagles and bears”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

We were simply exploring and came across the Chilkoot River - and Lake. It was very pretty and had an eagle sitting on a rock waiting. The salmon were close to finsihed running, so there were not many people. That's good because there was not much room for vehicles and this is nine miles outside of Haines. After checking the lake, we saw and photographed a Brown bear and her cub at the fish weir. Delightful. And we were not even there in the early morning or late evening when the bears come out more.

Visited September 2013
Thank Larry T
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