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Camping at Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site

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Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site is a scenic park situated approximately 10 miles northwest of Haines in Southeast Alaska. This area boasts breathtaking views of mountains and wildlife, including brown bears which are often sighted around the lake especially during the salmon spawning season. The park is also a historically significant area due to its proximity to the Chilkoot Trail, which was made famous during the Klondike Gold Rush.


Fishing: The lake and rivers are havens for fishermen looking to catch salmon and trout.

Wildlife Viewing: The area is renowned for wildlife, particularly brown bears, eagles, and various other bird species.

Boating: Kayaking and canoeing are popular on Chilkoot Lake, with boat launches available for easy access.

Hiking: There are several trails for hiking and nature walks, providing stunning views and opportunities to see the local flora and fauna.

Photography: With spectacular natural beauty, the area is ideal for photography.

Camping Information

Campsite Details: There are about 32 campsites available, providing picnic tables, fire rings, and tent or trailer spots.

Amenities: The site offers basic amenities including toilets and running water. There are no electrical hookups or dump stations.

Reservations: Some sites are first-come-first-served, while others can be reserved in advance during the camping season.

Fees: There is a nightly fee for camping, which varies by type of site and number of occupants.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Campfires must be confined to the provided rings.
  • Pack out all trash as this helps maintain the area's natural beauty.
  • Store food properly to avoid attracting bears.
  • Follow all fishing regulations if you plan to fish.
  • Pets must be on a leash.
  • Quiet hours typically are enforced to ensure all visitors enjoy their experience.

Safety Precautions

Bear Awareness: Since brown bears are prevalent in the area, campers must be bear-aware. This includes securing food, cooking away from sleeping areas, and knowing what to do in the unlikely event of a bear encounter.

Weather: Weather can change quickly; campers should be prepared for rain and cooler temperatures, even in summer.

Access and Transportation

Road Access: The site is accessible by road. The condition of the road can vary, so check current conditions before traveling.

Parking: There is parking available for both cars and trailers.

Boat Access: A boat launch area is available for those wanting to take to the waters of Chilkoot Lake.

Responsible Recreation

Leave No Trace: Visitors are encouraged to practice 'Leave No Trace' principles to minimize their impact on the environment.

Cultural Respect: As the area has historical significance, it is important to respect any cultural artifacts or sites.

Community Consideration: It's important to be considerate of the local community by following speed limits and local regulations, especially in Haines, the nearest town.

Booking and Further Information

To book a campsite, check availability, or find more detailed information about the Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site, you should visit the official Alaska State Parks website or contact the park's management directly. They offer the most up-to-date resources regarding reservations, site-specific rules, and anything else you might need to plan your camping trip effectively.

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