Photo Credit: Kara Capaldo

Wildlife Viewing Spots in Haines

Haines offers fantastic chances to see bald eagles, spawning salmon, and the occasional bear. Here’s where to go.

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Best Wildlife Viewing Spots in Haines

Crowds of bazooka-lens tot­ing pho­tog­ra­phers some­times crowd this stretch to cap­ture brown bears feed­ing on salmon in the wild. It’s a place to see these impres­sive goliaths up close. Keep a safe distance.hai

Use this cen­tral spot for tak­ing in the eula­chon run, a spring­time run of fish that gen­er­ates a wildlife spec­ta­cle, includ­ing count­less seabirds, hun­dreds of sea lions and seals and occa­sion­al whales. Start­ing in mid-July, brown bears con­gre­gate here to feast on pink salmon.

You needn’t hike into the back­coun­try to get pho­tos of throngs of eagles; some the most impres­sive shots are tak­en from here, look­ing out at the braid­ed Chilkat Riv­er chan­nels where the birds jos­tle and com­pete for fish.