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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Haines, AK
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Haines
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: One of the best places to view the bald eagle.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: One of the best places to view the bald eagle.
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Franklin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Frequent pullouts make it easy to safely view all portions of the Chilkat River in the Preserve. An amazing sight in the fall to see so many eagles in a relatively small area. You do need to be careful because some of the property along the river is privately owned and not always clearly marked.

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Florissant, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

In the fall, thousands of American Bald Eagles come to the Chilkat River for the last salmon run of the year. The salmon spawn up river, and the eagle claim the dead and dying fish floating back down river. Spectacular viewing of eagles fighting over the carcasses. Photographers' paradise. Easy to get there, as there is only one road out... More 

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Idaho
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The Chilkat valley is an incredible place and scenery regardless of the time of year but, if you want to see the most eagles, you have to come in winter when the salmon are spawning. The 'window' for best viewing depends on both the salmon numbers and weather, specifically the elevation of the river. The lower the river flow, the... More 

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Eagles and more Eagles rafting with Andy of Haines Rafting Company was well worth it. Andy was great with his knowledge of the area and wild life was very impressive. He was on time with excellent equipment. Don’t miss the Eagles

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Umina Beach, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We hired a car in Haines and this was one place we went to see. There were so many Eagles and I got heaps of great photos. If you want to see Eagles this is the place to go.

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Houston, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We tried to visit the preserve, but found the staff very unhelpful. It took them 10 days to answer an e-mail requesting basic information about the preserve. By that time, we made other plans to visit the Chilkoot River where we saw dozens of bald eagles.

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Southern California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were here in August and I wish we could have been here in November when ALL the eagles come in for the season! We saw a few eagles, but not as many as I would have liked

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Mount Laurel
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Eight people on a rubber raft on a shallow glacial river rowed by a young, strong, experienced woman. Instead of seeing eagles at a distance in the tops of trees, the eagles were on little spits of land also in the middle of the river. The eagles paid no attention to us as they watched for salmon. The sandwiches and... More 

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Barstow, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I saw many more bald eagles this trip than last even though we were technically too early for their arrival. The greatest "show" is in November as we learned, but still worth looking for them.

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New York City, New York
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

After taking the fast ferry from Skagway to Haines, we boarded a bus and rode along the river. First stop was lunch at an overlook with fantastic views. A short ride later we were boarding our rubber raft for a float through eagle country. We saw eagles flying and landing in trees, sitting on logs or the riverbank, and one... More 

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