Chilkoot Lake is a scenic area 10 miles north of Haines and offers protected paddling on the lake. There is camping at Chilkoot Lake State Park near the lakeshore. The area has lots of eagles, and it is a good place to watch bears when salmon are spawning. We explored this lake using small inflatable packrafts from Alpacka and found many nice places along the far end of the lake for camping and fishing.
The park and surrounding area offers some great fishing, with four salmon runs, starting in mid-June and ending in mid-October. Because of the salmon spawning in the river and at this end of the lake, this area is also a bear highway. Bears come down from the tundra to feast on the salmon.
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The lake is ten miles northeast of Haines, taking Lutak and Chilkoot River roads, or five miles past the ferry terminal. The park is at the south end of Chilkoot Lake, near the outlet of the lake to the Chilkoot River. Park Facilities include a 80-site campground, picnic shelter, and boat launch. The campground sits amid a beautiful stand of Sitka spruce.
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