Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Haines

Chilkat River Flats

A good place to look for Hudsonian Godwit during spring.

The Chilkat River Flats are where the Chilkat River broadens into a wide shallow delta which then flows into Chilkat Inlet. This brackish interface of freshwater and ocean are a magnet for a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds particularly during migration. Watch for Trumpeter Swan and Artic Tern at this site. In May, this is a good place to look for Hudsonian Godwit during the north-bound spring migration.


From Haines, take 3rd Avenue (Mud Bay road) to the Chilkat River Flats, park along the roadside. Boat tours of the Chilkat River are also available through local tour companies.

Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit. Photo: John Schoen

Birding Resources:

eBird Hotspot: Haines--Chilkat River Flats

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