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Chilkat River is a river in British Columbiamarker and southeastern Alaskamarker that flows southward from the Coast Range to the Chilkat Inletmarker and ultimately Lynn Canalmarker. It is about 80 km (50 miles) long. It begins at Chilkat Glacier, in Alaska, flows west and south in British Columbia for 27 km (17 miles), enters Alaska and continues southwest for another 60 km (37 miles). It reaches the ocean at the abandoned area of Wells, Alaska and deposits into a long delta area.

The river was named by the Russians for the Chilkat group of Tlingit who lived in the region. The name means "salmon storehouse".

Near the Chilkat River is the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preservemarker, where thousands of bald eagles appear between October and February, to take advantage of late salmon runs. Nearby Hainesmarker, the nearest town, is the most common organization spot for birdwatchers.


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