Haines | Southeast (Inside Passge)

Haines is situated at the upper end of North America’s longest and deepest fjord. It is 14 miles south of Skagway and 80 miles north of Juneau.
The Chilkat Valley is home to abundant wildlife and Haines is home to one of the highest concentrations of Bald Eagles in North America. 260 other species of birds also pass through the Chilkat Valley each year. The Chilkoot River offers an amazing opportunity to view both brown and black bear. Visit the information center for a Wildlife Viewing Guide.

Haines can be reached via the 159-mile Haines Highway which branches from  the Alaska Highway 100 miles north of Whitehorse at Haines Junction. The Haines  highway was built in 1943 and is now one of Alaska’s best and most scenic  highways. The town is served by the Alaska Marine Highway System, as well  as scheduled air and bus transportation. Across the waters of the Chilkat River is Pyramid Harbor and the start of the Dalton Trail — one of the  routes to the gold fields of the Klondike. This trail was developed by the  Chilkat Indians for the purpose of trading in the interior and was improved  in the late 1880’s by Jack Dalton.

 


Visitor Information

Haines Visitor Information Center is the best place to start exploring this artful, adventure filled town. Tlingit culture, adventure, wildlife viewing and an award winning distillery can be found in Haines. 122 2nd Avenue. 907-766-2234

www.visithaines.com

History

 

Early in November 1879, a canoe slipped into the mouth of the Chilkat Inlet carrying S. Hall Young, a Presbyterian missionary, and his naturalist friend, John Muir. Young told the Chilkats of his intention to build a new Christian town between two waterways, the Chilkat River and the Lynn Canal. Two years later, the first permanent missionaries came to Haines and the resulting town was named after Mrs. F.E.H. Haines, who was secretary of the Presbyterian National Women’s Missionary Board. She never visited the town that bears her name, although she was a supporter of the mission to Haines. By 1881 the mission was fully established.

In the early 1900s, the government built a permanent Army post here known as Fort William H. Seward, which was later renamed Chilkoot Barracks. When the fort became a national historic site in 1972, the name was changed back to Fort Wm. H. Seward. The Fort was to be a showcase reflecting the Army’s strength in Alaska. It covered over 4000 acres. The foundations of the buildings were cut from local granite by Italian stone masons that were brought in for that purpose. The officers houses had the latest in conveniences with indoor flush toilets and bathtubs.

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Hotel Halsingland

A Victorian-era hotel that offers all the amenities of a modern hotel including free Wi-fi. Spectacular ocean and mountains views. They offer courtesy airport and ferry transfers. Restaurant & lounge. …

Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site

(10 miles north of Haines. Follow Lutak Road for 5 miles past the ferry terminal) 32 campsites, well water, toilets, picnic shelter, boat launch. Fee area. Good year-round Dolly Varden  …

Portage Cove State Recreation Site

1 mile south of Haines on Beach  Road 9 tent campsites, picnic area, water, toilets and fishing. For bikers and backpackers only.

Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site

(10 miles north of Haines. Follow Lutak Road for 5 miles past the ferry terminal) 32 campsites, well water, toilets, picnic shelter, boat launch. Fee area. Good year-round Dolly Varden  …

Portage Cove State Recreation Site

1 mile south of Haines on Beach  Road 9 tent campsites, picnic area, water, toilets and fishing. For bikers and backpackers only.

Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site

(10 miles north of Haines. Follow Lutak Road for 5 miles past the ferry terminal) 32 campsites, well water, toilets, picnic shelter, boat launch. Fee area. Good year-round Dolly Varden  …

Portage Cove State Recreation Site

1 mile south of Haines on Beach  Road 9 tent campsites, picnic area, water, toilets and fishing. For bikers and backpackers only.

Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is on the Chilkat River. It can be accessed from mile 18 to 24, on the Haines Highway. Bald Eagles are attracted to the …

Alaska Indian Arts Center

Offers a daily cultural history lecture with a brief history of Fort William H. Seward, Alaska Indian Arts and the development of totem pole carving in the area.

The Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum explores the rich history of the world’s first tool, the hammer. There are approximately 2,000 hammers on display at the museum at any given time with over 7,000 …

American Bald Eagle Foundation

The American Bald Eagle Foundation is a natural history museum and raptor center. It is dedicated to the education and conservation of our national bird and its habitat throughout North …

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Avis Car Rental

Avis Car Rental has locations all throughout the state of Alaska. Anchorage International Airport – 907-249-8260 Downtown Anchorage – 441 B Street. 907-277-4567 Fairbanks International Airport – 907-474-1022 Juneau – 51 Egan Drive. 907-789-7999 Kenai …

Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry

Only 45 minutes between ports. Call for Reservations: 1-888-766-2103 or 907-766-2100