Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Klukwan

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve IBA

The largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the world.

The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Important Bird Are is a 49,000-acre preserve of lands owned and managed by the State of Alaska that surrounds the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan. The preserve has the largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the United States, as several thousand eagles congregate in October and November for the late-season chum salmon run. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve helps protect this important area and provides a good opportunity to view concentrations of eagles. There are several developed roadside pull-offs and parking areas along the Haines highway both north and south of Klukwan.


From Klukwan drive north or south on the Haines Highway to find a roadside parking area along the river. Several good parking areas are located 2 miles south of Klukwan. From Haines, travel 19 miles north on the Haines Highway (State Highway 7) to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and associated roadside parking areas.

Bald Eagle.
Bald Eagle. Photo: John Schoen

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