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Chilkat River — Critical Habitat Area
Visitor Information

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The area attracts visitors from around the world for its unparalleled bald eagle viewing opportunities. Although there are no visitor facilities in the critical habitat area, excellent bald eagle viewing can be found between miles 18 and 22 on the Haines Highway, with greatest eagle concentrations occurring during mid to late November. Wildlife viewers must use established pullouts and take extreme care with traffic travelling at high speeds along the highway. Visitors are advised to stay off the flats and not disturb the eagles or fish in any way. Federal law prohibits the possession, sale, barter, or transport of any part of a bald eagle (dead or alive), nest, or eggs. Violations of this law can result in a $10,000 fine and two-year imprisonment.

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