Chilkoot Lake

Haines, Alaska

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Chilkoot Lake is Haines’s most unique kayaking venue. Chilkoot Lake almost always offers protected paddling and is an excellent place for inexperienced kayakers to practice. There is camping at Chilkoot Lake State Park near the kayak put-in location. Kayakers will see lots of eagles around the lake, and it is a good place to watch bears during summer when salmon are spawning. There are practically no cautions to concern paddlers here. Like any place in Southeast Alaska, kayakers must be careful to not startle bears that may be fishing along the shore. Check the weather forecast. You can usually paddle here any time during the day. However early mornings are always the most peaceful.

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"Chilkoot Lake is Haines’s most unique kayaking venue. Chilkoot Lake almost always offers protected paddling and is an excellent place for inexperienced kayakers to practice. There is camping at Chilkoot Lake State Park near the kayak put-in location. Kayakers will see lots of eagles around the lake, and it is a good place to watch bears during summer when salmon are spawning.

There are practically no cautions to concern paddlers here. Like any place in Southeast Alaska, kayakers must be careful to not startle bears that may be fishing along the shore. Check the weather forecast. You can usually paddle here any time during the day. However early mornings are always the most peaceful."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Haines
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Part or Full day
Season: Best in May to August
Local Maps: USGS, Skagway
Driving Directions: Directions to Chilkoot Lake

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May 2018