The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June 1982. The Preserve was established to protect and perpetuate the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their critical habitat.
The combination of open water and plentiful food brings over 3,000 eagles into the Chilkat Valley beginning in early October and lasting until January. The peak of the gathering usually occurs in mid-November.
Visitors to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve need only drive 18 miles from Haines on the Haines Highway to find excellent eagle viewing areas. Newly-created pullouts along the highway are provided for eagle watchers and photographers. Interpretive displays, walking trails, and shelters enhance the experience.
Each winter during the months of November and December, photographers and nature lovers flock to the Chilkat Valley to view the spectacle of thousands of Bald Eagles as they gather at the Chilkat River Council Grounds to feed on a late run of chum salmon. This unique event is described more completely on the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival web page.