Chilkoot Lake State Recreational Area is located 10 miles north of town and accessible on Lutak Road. Surrounded by Sitka Spruce trees and protected by towering mountains, the Chilkoot River flows out of the Chilkoot for a short length and debouches into the Lutak Channel at the head of the Chilkoot inlet near the townsite. This is part of the State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Division of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The lake is a popular location for camping, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and more.
You approach the lake from the park area which has a ramp for unloading your gear and small watercraft. Known as one of the best red salmon fishing locations in Southeast Alaska during the spawning period starting mid-June and ending in mid-October which lures Bears to frequent the area to hunt for its favorite salmon. Dolly Varden are popular fish to catch in the area as well.