Haines, Alaska

A canoe slipped into the mouth of the Chilkat Inlet in November 1879, carrying Presbyterian missionary S. Hall Young and his friend, John Muir. Young told the Chilkat Indians that he wanted to build a Christian town. He chose space between two waterways, the Chilkat River and the Lynn Canal, and the town of Haines was born.

During the 1900s, a permanent army post was built and named Fort William H. Seward. The post was abandoned in 1946 and sold to a group of veterans who re-established it as Port Chilkoot. In 1970, the area became part of the City of Haines and when the fort became a national historic site in 1972, the name was changed back to Fort William H. Seward.

Haines is the home of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where as many as 4,000 bald eagles gather each fall to feast on spawning salmon along the Chilkat River. Naturalists and photographers come from all over the world to witness one of the most unusual and impressive sights in nature's kingdom. As many as 80 have been seen perched in a single tree and more than a hundred may be captured within the frame of a single photograph.

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Points of Interest

  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • American Bald Eagle Foundation
  • Hammer Museum
  • Klukwan
  • Dalton City
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More about Haines, Alaska Points of Interest

  • Fort William H. Seward

    Also known as Chilkoot Barracks, the fort was the first permanent U.S. Army outpost in Alaska, established during the gold rush era.

  • Chilkoot Lake

    Chilkoot Lake is located at the foot of the Takshanuk Mountains to the west and the Ferebee Glacier and mountains to the east. Considered a choice location for spotting brown bears feeding on spawning salmon.

  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

    The 48,000-acre preserve is the year-round home to between 200 and 400 eagles and more than 80 eagle nests. Even during the summer, it's one of the best places to see an eagle in southeast Alaska.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else. Go for a ride on an ATV or try a jet boat excursion, biking, nature watching, kayaking, wildlife viewing and more.

  • American Bald Eagle Foundation

    A must-see for visitors and locals alike - this wildlife display and education center is dedicated to the protection and preservation of bald eagle habitat through educational research.

  • Hammer Museum

    The world's only museum dedicated to hammers provides a view of the past through the use of man's first tool. You will find over 1,600 hammers on display, ranging from Roman times to the present.

  • Klukwan

    The only remaining of five Chilkat villages in the area before 1900 provides an authentic Native Alaskan experience of traditional food, dances and regalia on the banks of the Chilkat River.

  • Dalton City

    Located on the southeast Alaska state fairgrounds this "city" contains portions of the set from Walt Disney's White Fang, a replica of 1898 Dawson City and now home to local shops and businesses.

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Alaska Raptors & Bald Eagle Foundation (Wheelchair Accessible)

2 hours | Haines | HNS-301
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • American Bald Eagle Foundation

Behold the majesty of a raptor in flight with a visit to the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Discover how they're trained, how they eat and how they can swoop in at speeds up to 200-miles-per-hour. Then, watch an eagle enjoy a hearty lunch while learning about America's national symbol.

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Alaska Raptors & Bald Eagle Foundation

2 hours | Haines | HNS-300
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • American Bald Eagle Foundation

Behold the majesty of a raptor in flight with a visit to the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Discover how they're trained, how they eat and how they can swoop in at speeds up to 200-miles-per-hour. Then, watch an eagle enjoy a hearty lunch while learning about America's national symbol.

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Haines Discovery Walking Tour

2 hours | Haines | HNS-380
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Hammer Museum

The small, picturesque town of Haines is ideal for a walking tour. Stretch your legs while you learn about the history, Native culture and present-day lifestyle of the residents of this isolated Alaskan town.

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Haines Offbeat Attractions

2.25 hours | Haines | HNS-320
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Hammer Museum

Haines was recently chosen by Outside Magazine as one of America's top ten locations to live and play. Get an insider's look at what makes this town special as you travel to unusual and out-of-the-way attractions, such as the Hammer Museum and Extreme Dreams Art Studio.

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Haines Scenic Byway & Summit

5 hours | Haines | HNS-110
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Grab your passport and get ready to travel the Haines Highway to the alpine tundra area of Haines Summit in Yukon, Canada. Along the way, enjoy a drive through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, dramatic scenery, stop for photos, and enjoy tales of local history and culture.

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Haines Scenic Byway & Summit (Wheelchair Accessible)

5 hours | Haines | HNS-111
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Grab your passport and get ready to travel the Haines Highway to the alpine tundra area of Haines Summit in Yukon, Canada. Along the way, enjoy a drive through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, dramatic scenery, stop for photos, and enjoy tales of local history and culture.

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Haines Highlights

3.5 hours | Haines | HNS-100
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • American Bald Eagle Foundation

Discover a picturesque town that few have the chance to experience. Haines promises pristine beauty surrounded by abundant wildlife - from the Chilkat River to the Rainbow Glacier. You'll tour the American Bald Eagle Foundation and the Haines Packing Company and snack on locally caught salmon.

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Haines Adventure Hike

3.5 hours | Haines | HNS-470
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Outdoor Adventures

Lace up your boots and get ready for a trek along Battery Point Hiking Trail, which follows the shoreline and promises breathtaking mountain and ocean views. Led by a naturalist guide, you're sure to learn about the area's flora and fauna as you make your way to a picnic on the beach.

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Alaska Nature & Wildlife Expedition

3 hours | Haines | HNS-420
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Outdoor Adventures

Renowned naturalists, magnificent wildlife and an exploration of six ecosystems - ocean, estuary, river, lake, muskeg and rainforest - await in this area aptly nicknamed the "Valley of the Eagles."

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Chilkoot Lake Scenic Cruise

3 hours | Haines | HNS-600
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Outdoor Adventures

Come aboard an open-air pontoon boat for a breathtaking tour of Chilkoot Lake, one of the most picturesque locations in southeast Alaska. The majestic waterfalls, spruce forest and snow-clad peaks provide the backdrop for wildlife viewing and stunning photo opportunities.

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Glacial Fjord Bicycle Tour

3 hours | Haines | HNS-450
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Outdoor Adventures

Set off on a leisurely bike ride along the ocean inlet to Chilkoot Lake. Photo opportunities abound on this breathtaking getaway.

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Evening Wildlife Expedition

3 hours | Haines | HNS-421
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience a limited, but quintessential Alaska adventure with an opportunity to get an up-close view of hungry bruins dining on salmon during the evening in the Chilkoot Valley on this late afternoon departure of Tour 420. This first-hand look at the food chain in action is only offered during salmon spawning season in August.

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Native Culture Experience

2.75 hours | Haines | HNS-105
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Klukwan

Experience the native culture of the Tlingit people on this unique visit to Klukwan, the mother village of the Tlingit Nation. Enjoy a guided walk as you learn the village's history and the villager's traditions. Visit the clan house, hear stories, watch a rousing performance, and witness highly prized Native art.

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Chilkoot Lake Kayak Experience

4 hours | Haines | HNS-775
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Outdoor Adventures

Join professional sea kayak guides on a tour of Chilkoot Lake, home to Pacific salmon, bald eagles, waterfowl and brown bears.

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Alaska Wildlife Canoe Safari

4 hours | Haines | HNS-765
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Outdoor Adventures

Glide along the calm waters of the Chilkoot Lake in a Voyageur canoe on a wilderness adventure that offers incredible wildlife viewing in a lush setting. An expert naturalist accompanies your 1.5-hour float. Explore secret coves, salmon-spawning streams and thundering waterfalls. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch at a private beach.

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Last Frontier ATV Adventure

3.75 hours | Haines | HNS-515
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Outdoor Adventures

Rev your engines on an exciting Razor-style UTV adventure through the remote Alaska wilderness and along trails with scenic mountain and river views. Bring a camera, as you'll stop at several viewpoints overlooking the Klehini, Tsirku, and Chilkat River Valleys. Savor a picnic lunch amidst this stunning scenery.

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Nature & Wildlife Photography Experience

3 hours | Haines | HNS-330
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Outdoor Adventures

Haines is known for its wildlife and stunning natural surroundings. This small group tour is for those that have a "smart phone" and want to learn how to take better pictures as well as for serious photographers.

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Eagle Preserve Rafting & Wildlife Quest

4 hours | Haines | HNS-745
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Klukwan
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Outdoor Adventures

Float silently down the river as you witness the wildlife and breathtaking beauty of the renowned Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

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Kroschel Wildlife Refuge

3.5 hours | Haines | HNS-370
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on a close encounter of the wild kind as you visit Kroschel Wildlife Park. This is a guaranteed wildlife tour offering the chance to see and photograph Alaska animals such as a Kodiak bear, wolves and wolverines.

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Haines Wilderness River Adventure

3.25 hours | Haines | HNS-700
  • Fort William H. Seward
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Outdoor Adventures

A motorized boat tour deep into the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve offers a true wilderness experience. Eagles, moose and bear are often sighted for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. The scenery alone is worth the trip for your very own Alaska wilderness experience.

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Takshanuk Mountain Trail by 4x4

3.5 hours | Haines | HNS-510
  • Outdoor Adventures

Gear up for a wilderness adventure on the Takshanuk Mountain Trail aboard a four-wheel drive Kawasaki "Mule." Witness waterfalls and breathtaking views of Lynn Canal and Chilkoot Lake, then sit by a warm fire and enjoy a delicious lunch in an exclusive mountaintop lodge.

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Chilkoot Lake Freshwater Fishing

4 hours | Haines | HNS-550
  • Chilkoot Lake
  • Outdoor Adventures

Spend a half day fishing amidst the magnificent beauty of Chilkoot Lake, a summertime haven for fishermen. All levels of experience are invited. The ones you catch make great pictures; the ones that get away make the best stories and the time you spend makes wonderful memories.

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Eagle Preserve Rafting & Native Cultural Experience

5 hours | Haines | HNS-750
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Klukwan

Soak up history, culture, wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery on a rafting adventure through Chilkat Bald Preserve. After a leisurely picnic on the shores of the Chilkat River you'll float down to the village of Klukwan for a tour of its Heritage Center followed by Native folkloric drumming and storytelling.

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Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

5 hours | Haines | HNS-760
  • Outdoor Adventures

This outstanding wilderness expedition to the spectacular Davidson Glacier leads you through fjords, rainforests, colorful wildflowers and towering mountains.

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Glacier Point ATV Exploration

5 hours | Haines | HNS-520
  • Outdoor Adventures

Blaze a trail through the Alaska wilderness on an exhilarating ATV adventure! The fun begins with a scenic cruise down the Lynn Canal to the ATV base camp. Here, you'll be outfitted and ready to hit the road. A picnic lunch adds to the day's fun.

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