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Haines Wildlife Viewing
Chilkat State Park

photo of Chilkat State park area wildlife Chilkat State Park adjoins the waters of Chilkat Inlet, where the Chilkat River meets Lynn Canal. This is a great place to spot wildlife, both on land and in the water. Brown bears rumble through the forests and along the beaches. Moose, especially cow and calf pairs, wander near developed areas, in part to seek protection from bears. Porcupines are abundant. A visitor center cabin with a viewing platform and spotting scope overlooks Chilkat Inlet. This is an excellent perch from which to scan Chilkat Inlet for harbor seals, Steller sea lions, harbor porpoises, and humpback and killer whales. Surf scoters and pigeon guillemots may also be seen throughout the summer. Peer into the spotting scope for better marine viewing, and to search the ridges across the inlet for mountain goats. A volunteer staffs the cabin during the summer to answer questions and help spot wildlife. Eulachon, a small oily fish, run into Chilkat Inlet in mid-to-late May. Eulachon are a rich food source that draws large numbers of Steller sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles and other species.

Species

  • Brown Bear
  • Harbor Porpoise
  • Harbor Seal
  • Humpback Whale
  • Killer Whale
  • Moose
  • Mountain Goat
  • Pigeon Guillemot
  • Porcupine
  • Steller's Sea Lion
  • Surf Scoter

Hints

Looking for a good hike? The Seduction Point Trail is a flat, easy trail that follows the shoreline for seven miles (one way), with good chances to spot wildlife while hiking.

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Notes

The viewing platform that overlooks Chilkat Inlet is accessible to wheelchairs.

Plan to spend at least: 2 hours - full day +

Best Months

█ Best Month

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • Best Month May
  • Best Month June
  • Best Month July
  • Best Month August
  • Best Month September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Directions

Chilkat State Park is nestled on the west side of the Chilkat Peninsula. Take Mud Bay Road south out of town for six miles, then follow the signs for the park. The road becomes very steep just before the park entrance, and requires careful driving.

Contact

Alaska State Parks - (907) 465-4563 or http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/haines.htm#chilkat

Additional Information

Living with Bears