Haines Things to Do

  • Dezadeash Lake on Haines Road
    Dezadeash Lake on Haines Road
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    Chilkat Pass landscape on Haines Road
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  • Wildlife Viewing at Chilcoot Lake

    by shutterbuggal Written Sep 30, 2007

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    I visted here in September 2006 and loved this place! I am a nature nut and nature photographer and this special place certainly kept my shutter busy. When I visited the Grizzly bears were out and feeding on Salmon in the river. You can park your car right along the road and watch the bears catch the fish and eat them. Unbelievable! I saw 7 bears at one time on the river. Chilcoot lake is a state park, the road meanders alng the river till you reach the end at the lake. I saw many many bald eagles, blue herons, mergansers, steller Jays, and of course the bears!

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    Ice, ice, ice!

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    Ice all around....

    This is a view of the glacier... FROM the glacier!!!! Magnificent mountains of blue ice all around you, and there are little streams running among the rocks, originated by the ice that melts and which are very clean!! I even drank some of that water... it's fresh and delicious!

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    *ON* the glacier

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    Me & helicopter up high on the glacier! BRRR!

    This is me standing next to the helicopter that took me to the glacier, after it had landed... It's soooo cold up there, but beautiful too!! And just flying on the helicopter to get there is an awesome experience -- at least for people like me who just LOVE to fly!

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    Wanna fly...??

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    Alaskan landscape around HAINES from the air!

    ...Then you should take a helicopter ride which will take you up to one of the magnificent glaciers located close to Haines! This is the view from the helicopter while flying towards the glacier! Yooo hooo!!

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    Jet Boating in the Chilkat Eagle Preserve

    by RickinDutch Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    Spent 4 hours riding through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve with River Adventures. A bus picks you up at the Fast Ferry Terminal and drives you up the valley. The Fast Ferry brings over cruise ship passengers from Skagway for the various tours offered in Haines.
    The jet boat was good sized and well maintained. The country they take you though is beautiful. But what really impressed me was the skill of the boat's skipper. That is a shallow river and it meanders thru many narrow channels. Not once did we get stuck. Saw some eagles, cranes and moose.

    Understand there is some controversy locally, as some don't like the impact such a vessel may have on the salmon and wildlife. I can't speak to the biology involved but I did feel they worked hard to minimize the stress to the ecosystem.

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    The Sheldon Musuem and Cultural Center

    by ringleader Written Jul 1, 2004

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    The first people to call the Chilkat Valley (Haines, Alaska) home were the Tlingit Indians.

    Because the area which is now the bald eagle preserve has rivers that never froze over in the winter, they had yearly access to fish. Game and berries were also plentiful. Because their food and resources were abundant, they could spend more time on other skills and less on survival. They were the ones who made the totem poles as their form of recording history.

    Missionaries and fishermen... Naturalist John Muir and Mr. Young of the Presbyterian Home Missions Board came to Haines in 1879. They scouted out a location for the mission and school, which was called "Dei-Shu" or "Endof the Trail". The town itself was named after Francina Haines of the mission board.

    John Muir said of the fish in Haines, " Their numbers are beyond conception... there seem to be more fish than water."

    I believe the Sheldon Museum is located on the site of the old mission. Pioneer history is on display there. We didn't get to see inside, as time was short. But, if you do have a chance - do take a look!

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    Alaska Fjordlines Haines to Junea, Alaska

    by ringleader Written Jun 30, 2004

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    We REALLY ENJOYED this trip. With the Fjord Express to Juneau, we also stopped to see wildlife and the entire day cruise package.

    In Juneau, we had transportation provided by the company to see mendenhall Glacier, the state capital, governor's mansion and downtown Juneau.

    We saw a pod of 25 orcas, humpback whales, puffins, sea lions, seals - it was an incredible journey! Breakfast and light dinner provided.

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    American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska

    by ringleader Written Jun 30, 2004

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    At the American Bald Eagle Foundation, you will find a collection of animals preserved for your enjoyment.

    The eagle, moose, salmon, bear, etc. - all of the wild animals you could see from a distance but not get close enough to study and really SEE what they look like - they're here. Real animals that have been salvaged from road-kill, or some other untimely death and taxidermied/preserved and placed into the collection.

    We actually turned around to return to Haines to see this collection at the suggestion of someone we met along the highway while observing a bald eagle in the trees by the road. We enjoyed it... and it was well worth the $3 admission.

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    Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

    by ringleader Written Jun 30, 2004

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    Bald Eagles are the Attraction in Haines, Alaska

    The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is the major attraction here, as it is one of the major refuge and wintering grounds of the bald eagle. Due to the fact that the rivers connecting here in such a way as to prevent their freezing during the winter months, the bald eagles gather here to winter where they can still catch fish.

    We went in June to Haines and made the mistake of taking the expensive rafting trip. We saw no wildlife worth recounting, and only a few distant eagles plus a couple of nests. We saw more than that on our boat trip down to Juneau.

    The entire valley is home to several hundred bald eagles year-round. October - February the number soars to 3,500 with the height being November... the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world.

    Instead of taking an expensive rafting trip, you can see them on your own. The best places are the pull-offs between 19 and 26 miles from Haines along the Haines Highway.

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    Dalton City

    by jamiesno Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    Dalton City

    Another popular attraction is the historically recreated gold rush town "Dalton City" for the movie "White Fang". There are also native history performances by the Chilkat Indian Dancers at the Chilkat Center for the Arts.

    During my visit it was the site of the Annual Great Alaska Craftbeer & Homebrew Festival. Other than that I would not have stumbled upon this treat either.

    The buildings are great just behind Dalton City you will find some horses as well. Within the city there are several businesses, a restaurant and a micro-brewery.

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    Horses at Dalton City

    by jamiesno Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Horses

    Another popular attraction is the historically recreated gold rush town "Dalton City" for the movie "White Fang".

    It is a small village and directly behind the buildings you will find horse stables and a grazing area.

    The horses are beautiful and it is a nice area to explore around.

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    Haines King Salmon Derby

    by jamiesno Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    Fishing Vessels at the Marina

    I didn't get to participate in the derby as its a multi-day event and I was busy exploring the community but it is certainly a good time to visit the community with lots of discussion around the derby.

    I have to say I was amazed with the size of the King Salmon, the 2003 winner was Janice Studley who caught a 53.5 pound King Salmon!!

    The Haines Sportsmen's Association organize the derby and there is an extensive prize list. If you are a avid fishermen it's a much activity for sure!!

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    Bald Eagle Festival and Preserve

    by jamiesno Updated May 31, 2004

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    Eagle on the pole.

    An event celebrating the peak of the winter gathering of eagles. Educational Seminars & Tours and family special Events.

    I didn't get to see this festival because it is during November when the most eagles are around but they it is not unusual to see eagles on a regular basis, they are a most impressive bird and I can only imagine seeing them during this time!!

    There is also a nearby preserve were you can observe these amazing birds.

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    American Bald Eagle Foundation

    by jamiesno Written May 31, 2004

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    American Bald Eagle Foundation

    I did get to see building and got a peak inside but didn't get to explore inside due to limited hours on Saturdays but I would recommend a visit to this centre.

    Haines is famous for the number of bald eagles in the area and learning more about this bird would be a treat.

    The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Ieucocephalus) is found only on the North American continent.
    Adult eagles generallyweigh between 9 and 12 pounds and have a wing span of7 feet. Females are slightly larger than males. Immature eagles are mottled brown and white. The distinct whitehead and tail of the mature bird is developed between 4and 6 years of age.

    Eagles do not live in isolation! Because they are at the topof the food chain, they become anirreplaceable indicator for measuring the the health of our entire ecological system.After being listed as an endangered species in 1978 followinga dramatic drop in population that began at the turn of the century, the Bald Eagle's status was upgraded to Threatened

    August 11, 1995. Although efforts to replenish
    populations ofthe Bald Eagle have been successful, it continues to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the Bald Eagle Protection Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Source: American Bald Eagle Foundation.

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    Chilkat State Park

    by Colewade Updated Oct 20, 2003

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    Davidson Glacier was obscured by the clouds

    Chilkat State Park offers a log cabin visitor center, 32-site campground, picnic area, boat launch and trails. Located in the evergreens near the inlet, the campground appeared to be very nice. The boat launch provides access to the inlet and the run of king salmon in early June. The visitor centers offers incredible views of Chilkat Inlet and Rainbow and Davidson glaciers. The log cabin visitors center also has wildlife spotting scopes so you can spot the inlet wildlife, such as seals, porpoises, and whales. Visitors have even been able to spy on bears and mountain goats on the other side of the inlet.

    There are three trails in the park. Check out the "Haines is for Hikers" brochure for details. The Seduction Point Trail is in the main part of the park and is a 6 mile coastal trail along the Chilkat Inlet.

    We visited on September 15, 2003, the last day the park was open. They close for the season at their scheduled time reguardless of weather conditions. Unlike many national park campgrounds there is no off season "no facilties but free" camping. The gates are locked.

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