Skagway lies at the northern end of the famous Inside Passage, at the edge of the Tongass National Forest. Located in the Northeast Corner of Alaska’s panhandle, Skagway offers an opportunity to see a mix of coastal and interior bird species. The town has a rich history and has for thousands of years been a part of the traditional homeland of the Tlingit people, a federally recognized tribe. Skagway is the site of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, a unit of the National Park Service, which commemorates the gold rush of the late 1890s. The towns of Dyea and Skagway sprang up as gold rush boom towns and were the most popular staging sites for prospectors before they started their overland treks to the Klondike gold fields. Sixteen sites have been identified in the Skagway area as part of the Southeast Alaska Birding Trail. These sites provide opportunities for both great birding as well as learning about the rich and unique history of Skagway. Skagway can be accessed by airplane, cruise ship, or by personal vehicle from the north via the Alaska-Canadian and South Klondike Highways or from the south via the Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry).
General Area Overview Information Sources:
- Skagway Tourism Department
- Skagway trail map
- Skagway Traditional Tribal Council
- National Park Service: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
- US Forest Service: Tongass National Forest; Juneau Ranger District: 907-586-8800
- Medical clinic