Jewels of The Alaska State Park System - Southwest Alaska
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, near Haines, is the site of the largest congregation of bald eagles in North America. Three thousand eagles flock to this five-mile stretch of the Chilkat River each fall to feed on salmon. The ranger office in Haines has information on the best areas to view eagles without disturbing them.
Chilkat State Park, south of Haines on the Chilkat Peninsula, offers spectacular views of glaciers across Chilkat Inlet. Visitors often spot whales, seals and other wildlife from the coastline trail. There are campgrounds, picnic areas and a boat ramp.
Totem Bight State Historical Park, near Ketchikan, is dedicated to Southeastern Alaska's Native cultures. An interpretive trail winds through the rain forest to a clan house and Tlingit and Haida totem poles, then on to a fine view of the Tongass Narrows.