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Chilkoot River

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Address: Haines, AK
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Inside Passage Sea Kayaking from Skagway
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Valley of the Eagles Golf Adventure
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Haines Photography Tour - Skagway departure

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Beautiful little river to watch mergansers.

No bear action in April, or none when we were there. Campground wasn't open so we just drove the rode and watched our old merganser friends on the river. Lake still mostly iced... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Brigid W
Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

No bear action in April, or none when we were there. Campground wasn't open so we just drove the rode and watched our old merganser friends on the river. Lake still mostly iced over.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This beautiful wilderness is a highlight. Our (top) guide Cheryl Mullins from Rainbow Glacier Adventures took us along here to witness bears feeding on salmon near a weir. Biologists were nearby studying also. Eagles on the opposite bank kept a close eye on things.You could write a book here.

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Argyle, Texas
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Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Photographed three brown bears along Chilkoot River. A Mom and two cubs allowed good photos as they were busy eating fish.

1 Thank Charles B
Marathon, Florida
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

fun to watch the bears and eagles. need to be very careful these bears are not caged or domesticated so stay back and enjoy

1 Thank Marjorie P
Chantilly, Virginia
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We did a bear watching excursion on our tour and we had a great time. They took us along the Chilkoot. The guides were great and worked hard to get us as near as possible to the bears while keeping us safe.

1 Thank Sushila N
Fremont, California
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

We were on a fishing tour in Haines. We found the views of the Chilkoot River breathtaking as we made our way to Chilkoot Lake. Our fishing guide saw some cars parked and many out taking photos, so he was nice enough to stop also. We had a superb time watching a bear and cub doing salmon fishing for about... More 

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

When I first arrived in Alaska I sought to understand why so many Alaska rivers are so wide and shallow. It's got to do with the amount of sediment that they carry (lots) and the intensity of peak flows, especially during spring thaw. Whether you see them nearly dry or raging flows (like today) they are pretty intense. We had... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I spend our annual vacation here. It is difficult to think of a more relaxing and amazing location in driving distance of Whitehorse. Here you can fish for salmon, watch eagles and brown bears and seals, and admire nature at its finest. The road beside the river can get busy, particularly when a cruise ship is visiting.... More 

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Reviewed 11 September 2016

We were on an Alaskan cruise and stopped for a day in Haines. We rented a car for the day. At about 4 pm, we drove to the Chilkoot River to look for bears. We were able to see 4 bears between 5 - 6:30 pm. It is a beautiful location!! Very peaceful. Just be warned that when the cruise... More 

1 Thank Katjo73
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We had so much fun if you love nature this is the place so cool and relaxing watching the Bears feed on the salmon ! Watching the Bald Eagles fly if it's quiet you can hear them singing to each other it was a wonderful experience ! If you go at 8 am or 6:30 pm you will see the... More 

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