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Chilkat River
A view up the Chilkat River valley from the Takshanuk Mountains
Countries Canada, United States
Province British Columbia
State Alaska
Physical characteristics
Main source Chilkat Glacier, Coast Mountains
River mouth Chilkat Inlet
1 mile (1.6 km) southwest of Haines, St. Elias Mountains
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Length 52 mi (84 km)

The Chilkat River[pronunciation?] is a river in British Columbia and southeastern Alaska that flows southward from the Coast Range to the Chilkat Inlet and ultimately Lynn Canal. It is about 80 kilometres (50 mi) long. It begins at Chilkat Glacier, in Alaska, flows west and south in British Columbia for 27 kilometres (17 mi), enters Alaska and continues southwest for another 60 kilometres (37 mi). It reaches the ocean at the abandoned area of Wells, Alaska and deposits into a long delta area.

The river was named by the Russians for the Chilkat group of Tlingit, called /t͡ʃiɬqut/ in their own language, who lived in the region. The name means "salmon storehouse".

Near the Chilkat River is the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where thousands of bald eagles appear between October and February, to take advantage of late salmon runs. Nearby Haines, the nearest town, is the most common organization spot for birdwatchers.


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