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USA Chilkoot River

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The Chilkoot River is a short, about 1.5 km long, outlet of the Chilkoot Lake into the Chilkoot Inlet, a bay of the Pacific in southeast Alaska (USA). Every late August into September salmon rush up the shallow water of the river into the lake. In that period of time several times each day single Grizzly bears appear at different points of the river to catch salmon. At that time, Bold Eagles gather there, too. They do not have to fish themselves, they usually eat the big leftovers from the bears' meals. The bears usually approach from the eastern bank of the river. Fortunatelly, they are very much engaged in their fishing and not much interested in attacking humans. In the season there is a National Park Ranger around trying to keep bears and people apart as good as possible. For more images and infos see these blog posts (in German and English): https://www.herumkommer.de/grizzlies/ ; https://www.herumkommer.de/grizzlies-in-bewegung/ ; https://www.herumkommer.de/weisskopf-seeadler/ ; https://www.herumkommer.de/hier-steppt-der-baer/

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A paved road runs vom Haines along the inlet and continues alongside the river on its western bank up to a public campground. Tents are not allowed on the campground during the "grizzly season". There are a few spots along the road beside the river where you can park a vehicle and even walk about. But be careful, Grizzlies easily walk much faster than humans can run!
Crowd Factor A decent amount of people
Best Timing Daytime during fall
Sunrise & Sunset 06:48 - 19:00 | current local time: 19:21
Locations Haines
Photo Themes Fishing grizzly
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