Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Nineteen miles up the Chilkat River is the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.  It’s what Haines is famous for.

What makes the Chilkat unique is that hot springs vent into the river at the 19 mile mark and it’s open all winter.  The only Alaskan river that doesn’t freeze in the winter.

Chum salmon have taken advantage of the water and evolved to run late in the year.  Like in the dead of winter.  At a time when there are no other salmon for the eagles.

So guess what?  They’re hungry and they all show up in Haines.  Thousands of them.  The highest concentration of bald eagles in the world.

If you google some pictures, you’ll see trees full of them.  Here’s a shot I grabbed off the web:


I hope to be here one winter.

3 thoughts on “Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

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