The annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival takes place in Haines during the second week of November at the peak of the largest congregation of eagles in the world. Drawn by a late run of chum and coho salmon, some 2,000 to 4,000 eagles converge on the Chilkat River Valley every fall. This fascinating natural phenomenon inspires a week-long celebration of America’s national bird.
A Visit to Eagle Paradise
The festival attracts photographers from all over the world, along with families and travelers who simply find eagles fascinating and seek the unique experience of viewing dozens of birds in a single glance. Hosted by the non-profit American Bald Eagle Foundation, the festival features transportation from Haines to prime eagle viewing spots about 20 miles from town inside the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Visitors will also find live raptor demonstrations, educational programs, guided hikes, live music, games, a gala fundraiser and other events. It’s a great way to meet locals and spend time in a small Alaska community during one of its beloved annual celebrations.
Festival Planning Tips
- Check out our guide to the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve for advice and an overview.
- America’s national bird thrives throughout Alaska. Here’s a primer to bald eagle viewing in the Last Frontier.
- With its Gold Rush roots and great access to wild country, Haines has many things to do.
- A directory of places to stay in Haines.