Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June of 1982. The preserve was established to protect and perpetuate one of the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their critical habitat. It also sustains and protects the natural salmon runs and allows for traditional uses; provided such uses do not adversely affect preserve resources. The Preserve consists of 48,000 acres of river bottom land of the Chilkat, Kleheni, and Tsirku Rivers. The boundaries were designated to include only areas important to eagle habitation. Virtually every portion of the preserve is used by eagles at some time during the year. View the eagles from the designated parking areas between Haines Highway and the river or walk all or part of the 2 mile riverside trail. In addition to eagles, you may see mountain goats, moose, swans and sometimes bears. Stay within the designated areas to prevent stressful conditions for the eagles. They need their space to roost and feed. The largest congregation of Bald Eagles is during late fall and early winter, and please use pullouts along highway to stop and view the eagles and wildlife.
Miles 8 thru 31 Haines Highway. Four main viewing pullouts are located between miles 18 and 21 of the Haines Hwy at the Council Grounds area.