Haines is home to the largest sanctuary for bald eagles, the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. As the Chilkat River is host to a very late run of Chum salmon, the Eagles gather here by the thousands to enjoy the feast.
The area around present-day Haines was called "'Dtehshuh" or "end of the trail" by the Chilkat group of Tlingit. It received this name because they could portage (carry) their canoes from the trail they used to trade with the interior, which began at the outlet of the Chilkat River, to Dtehshuh and save 32 km (20 miles) of rowing around the Chilkat Peninsula.
Things to See & Do
• Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
• Davidson Glacier
• Rafting on the Chilkat river
• tour the old salmon canning company