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2012 Haines Visitor's Guide

Haines Visitor Information Center


The Visitor Center, on Second Ave. near Willard Street, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays during summer, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 907-766-2234

Fort History 6 Wildlife ....................15 Native Culture ...........7 Outdoor Adventures...4 Haines Highway ........5 Walking Tour ...........10 Downtown Map .... 8-9 Shuttle Bus Route ....16

Guide to Advertisers: Shopping......................... 13 Food and Drink................ 13 Sightseeing & Attractions.12 Accommodations............. 12 Other Travelers' Needs..... 14

Photo © John S. Hagen



from downtown Haines (in miles)

Haines features a year-long roster of community events and celebrations.

Chilkat State Park.................................................7 Chilkoot Lake.....................................................11 Ferry Terminal....................................................4½ Portage Cove Campground...................................1 Eagle Preserve................................................ 9-32 Mount Ripinsky trailhead.....................................1 Mount Riley trailhead........................................3½ Battery Point trailhead.......................................1½ Mosquito Lake....................................................27 Canadian border.................................................42 Haines Junction, Yukon.....................................150 Whitehorse, Yukon...........................................250 Tok, Alaska.......................................................450 Fairbanks..........................................................650 Anchorage........................................................775

May 25-26 20th Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival, Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds. May 26-28 and June 2-3 Haines King Salmon Derby June 16 Kluane to Chilkat International Bicycle Relay July 4 Independence Day Celebration July 26-July 29 Southeast Alaska State Fair Nov. 14-18 Alaska Bald Eagle Festival Jan. 1 Annual Polar Bear Swim

Fourth of July parade, Main Street. Photo © Andy Hedden

For information about Haines events, call the Haines Visitor Center at 907-766-2234.

The Haines Visitor's Guide Copyright 2012 by the Chilkat Valley News Cover photos: Hiker © Lori Stepansky; fisherman © Andy Hedden; eagle © Ron Horn; skier © Matt Borish; bear © Ron Horn; kayaker © Kevin Forster; moose © Ron Horn. Cover design Kevin Forster.

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Welcome to Haines! We're a small town cradled in a stunning landscape, built in the path of glaciers and enriched by the resources of an ancient wilderness.

Above, view of Haines from Picture Point. Below, fireweed blooms at Port Chilkoot Dock. Photos © Andy Hedden and John Hagen


aines is the heart of the Chilkat Valley, the historic capital of Tlingit Indian culture and art, the site of a frontier Gold Rush and home of Alaska’s first permanent Army base. Here, the Inside Passage meets the northern mainland and two great landscapes converge. The Southeast rainforest gives way to Interior tundra, creating in one place an uncommon mix of saltwater fjords and dry, alpine meadows, sunshine and sea life, splashing whales and roaming moose. The New York Times describes Haines as a place to experience “the essentials of the Alaskan experience,” from the “wild and wooly individualism” of residents to "seafood restaurants that rival San Francisco’s finest and wildlife viewing opportunities that are unparalleled."

Due to its quintessential Alaskan look, the town has been a favorite for filmmakers. The 1991 Disney movie "White Fang" was filmed here, as is "Gold Rush Alaska," a reality show on the Discovery Channel. Haines is also featured in myriad helicopter skiing videos. Famous for its fall gathering of bald eagles, the Chilkat Valley supports abundant wildlife, including the southernmost range of Alaska moose, the world’s largest member of the deer family. Brown bears feed on salmon along the valley’s rivers and sea lions and seals swim into estuaries pursuing prey. Black bears, mountain goats, wolves, coyotes, lynx, beavers, river otters, and porcupines inhabit area mountains and forests. Orcas and humpback whales ply the inlets and occasionally can be seen from downtown. More than 120 species of birds have been sighted here, foremost among them the American Bald Eagle. Each November, up to 3,500 bald eagles gather in the Chilkat Valley, the largest congregation in the world. There are trumpeter swans, arctic

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terns and hawks, and during the spring eulachon run, hundreds of thousands of gulls. Salmon are the prize fish of Haines, supporting local commercial and sport fisheries and swimming up the Chilkat and Chilkoot rivers from May through October. All five species of Alaska’s Pacific salmon (king, sockeye, coho, pink and chum) are caught here, as well as steelhead, rainbow and Dolly Varden trout. Halibut reside deep in saltwater. Hemlock and spruce dominate the area’s forests, with smaller numbers of shore pine. Leafy trees include Western paper birch, cottonwood, willow and alder. Wild berries abound, including strawberries, raspberries, salmonberries, blueberries, highbush cranberries and many others. The Tlingit Indians established the first permanent settlements in the valley 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. Blessed by abundant food sources and a relatively mild climate, they thrived. Besides establishing trade with other tribes and nations, Chilkat and Chilkoot Tlingits created artworks now recognized as among mankind's finest indigenous creations. The first permanent settlement of whites came in 1881 with a Presbyterian mission established after naturalist John Muir gave a powerful speech to Chilkat tribal leaders. Not long after came salmon canneries, followed by mines in the Porcupine area, and then the U.S. Army’s Fort Seward. In the 1950s, the federal government built a Cold War tank farm and fuel pipeline, connecting the Port of Haines to military installations around Fairbanks. Commercial fishing, a road to the Alaska Interior that linked to the state's ferry service, and sawmills that made trees into beams for export helped build a modern city. Tourism rose to prominence in the l980s, and as a result, the town continues to grow.

The valley’s main industries are commercial fishing, tourism and government. But the ingenuity, determination and pioneer spirit of Haines’ early residents are reflected in a variety of homegrown business ventures that tap the valley’s rich resources. Craftsmen create wood carvings, furniture, artwork and hot tubs from the Southeast rainforest. A local brewery blends Alaskan flavors into its beers, and gourmet fare from the local harvest includes teas, syrups and smoked salmon. A rich community of artists call the valley home, taking inspiration from its spectacular vistas and wildlife. Many artists sell their works statewide and in the Lower 48. Commissioned totems carved in Haines are shipped to buyers around the world. A federal study in 2007 ranked Haines first in the nation among isolated, rural communities for per capita population employed in the arts. The Chilkat Valley, with a population of about 2,300, and Alaska’s capital city of Juneau, with some 30,000 people, are separated by about 90 miles. Haines is served by the Alaska Marine Highway System, two seasonal water taxis and two commercial airlines. The Haines Highway links the town to the Alaska Highway and the Lower 48. Precipitation in Haines averages about 60 inches annually, making it one of the drier spots in Southeast. But last winter, Haines received a record amount of snowfall - 360 inches, or 30 feet of snow.

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Adventures for all interests - River rafting; hiking Mount Ripinsky; photographing wildlife; harvesting shaggy mane mushrooms. Photos © Andy Hedden and John S. Hagen

Adventures for All


aines offers outdoor recreation for everyone from senior citizen sightseers to the world’s most daring extreme skiers. The valley’s wild surroundings beckon hikers, fishermen, boaters, cyclists, wildlife watchers, and photographers — anyone seeking adventure in unspoiled grandeur. Haines offers great opportunities for viewing Alaska’s emblematic wildlife species – bears, moose and bald eagles. Just 10 miles from downtown, the Chilkoot River is one of the most easily reached bear-viewing areas in the state. Guided tours offer visitors a safe, unobtrusive opportunity to view brown bears feeding on salmon. In late summer, female bears often can be seen teaching their cubs how to fish in the swift-moving stream. Although the best bald eagle-viewing occurs in November when the birds are concentrated in the Council Grounds, eagles can be seen all times of year. The best areas for spotting them are trees and banks along the Chilkat River, where shallow channels make easy targets of spawning salmon. Local guiding companies offer raft and jetboat tours in the heart of the eagle preserve, where moose, bears, coyotes and the occasional wolf can be spotted. The Chilkat Valley also is home to Alaska’s southernmost breeding population of trumpeter swans, seen occasionally in ponds along the Haines Highway. Hikers have lots of options, from beach walks on the Chilkat Peninsula, to

woodland hikes up Mount Ripinsky and Mount Riley, to overland excursions on the subalpine tundra on the Chilkat Pass north of Haines. The publication “Haines is for Hikers” is available free at the Haines Visitor Center. Hikers should travel with at least one companion. Tell someone where you will be going and when you expect to return. Remember to check back in to avoid a needless search. For those who’d rather drive, motorized backcountry tours are available. The adventurous can take advantage of guided icefield hikes, wilderness camping and glacier flights. Local guides outfit novice to expert trekkers with the gear required to tackle local mountain glaciers. Or, climb on board a real bush plane for an unforgettable flight among jagged mountain peaks. Cyclists have a range of options, from remote mountain-bike rides on former logging roads, to road riding on miles of paved, scenic highway. The waters surrounding Haines are ideal

for exploring. Independent sea kayak rentals are available as well as guided tours, from halfday excursions to multi-day outings. Chilkat State Park features a floating dock and the sunniest, most protected ocean shoreline. Local water taxi services offer comfortable, narrated tours of Lynn Canal waters, including excursions to Sea Lion Rock, a haul-out where dozens of sea lions can be seen. Visitors from Canada and around Alaska come to Haines each year to troll for king salmon in May and June, cast for sockeye in mid-summer and go for coho salmon in the fall. Lakes and streams in the Chilkat River system 1/2 Day • Full Day Salmon • Halibut Gear, Bait, Filleting Vacuum Packing Included

lure anglers hoping to hook cutthroat, Dolly Varden and steelhead trout. The town’s sporting goods stores can provide you with all the gear and advice you need to land a salmon. Several saltwater charter companies offer the chance to hook a king salmon or a behemoth halibut. In recent years, golfing has become available in Haines. There's a nine-hole course at 1.5 Mile Haines Highway. To help plan your visit, the Haines Visitor's Center has welcome signs and maps posted around town. Scan the barcode on the signs with your smartphone and the visitor's center mobile-friendly website will come up. The signs are located at Port Chilkoot Dock, the visitor's center, the small boat harbor and Dalton City at the Southeast Alaska State fairgrounds.

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Spectacular scenery, sightseeing and adventure opportunities abound along the Haines Highway. Photos © Andy Hedden

Haines Highway


ne of North America’s most scenic highways awaits travelers heading north from Haines. This route, which passes through the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and Yukon’s Tatshenshini-Alsek World Heritage Site, was named a National Scenic Byway in 2009. It has been integral to the economy and identity of the area

since Tlingit Indians established a trading trail over Chilkat Pass centuries ago. During the Klondike Gold Rush, explorer and entrepreneur Jack Dalton capitalized on this route through the mountains, charging prospectors for passage. Today, the highway continues to define Haines’ role as a gateway to the Interior. The highway was first built in 1943 by the U.S. Army as an alternative to the Alaska Highway for transporting war materials and soldiers. Gradual improvements have transformed the oncegrueling 151-mile trek from Haines to Haines Junction, Yukon, into a comfortable day trip, with spectacular vistas and unique attractions at nearly every turn. Leaving Haines, the road parallels the braided Chilkat River. Throughout summer, watch for colorful wildflowers and for fishermen angling for salmon and Dolly Varden trout in roadside channels. Remains of the former Native village at Yendeistakye can be seen alongside the

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road a half-mile past the airport turnoff. The Takhinsha Mountains loom over the river to the west. The Kicking Horse Valley can be viewed from 7 Mile, where a sign on the opposite side of the road marks the trailhead for one of three routes up Mount Ripinsky. Fishwheels operated by the state Department of Fish and Game can be seen alongside the road near 9 Mile. Scientists use the wheels to scoop up fish for tagging and measurement; they're returned afterward to the river to continue their journey upstream. The southern boundary of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is marked at 9 Mile. At 19 Mile, the path of a landslide that destroyed the Tlingit village of Klucktoo in the late 1800s is still visible. Because residents of the village were away at fish camp, no one was killed. Just down the road is a series of interpretive turnouts and walkways for the Eagle Preserve Council Grounds. The handicapped-accessible facility features interpretive information and a winding boardwalk to a viewing platform spotting scope. A paved walking trail parallels the highway for about a half mile. The Native village of Klukwan is about a mile upriver. At 26 Mile, the turn to the historic Porcupine Mining District is marked by a steel bridge across the Klehini River. A spectacular view can be seen from a hilltop turnout at 27 Mile. The overlook features a covered picnic table and a spotting scope. A half-mile west comes the turnoff to Mosquito Lake and the Kelsall Valley.

The road widens as it leaves the eagle preserve and approaches 33 Mile. The roadhouse offers the last food and fuel before Haines Junction. A commanding view of the Jarvis Glacier can be had from the U.S. border station at Dalton Cache at 42 Mile. Jack Dalton located his headquarters here. Take time to view the log structure that's been renovated to give visitors a feel for early life in the valley. Passing through Canada Customs, travelers enter the eastern edge of the coastal St. Elias Mountains, where the road winds upward to skirt one of North America’s great wilderness areas. The Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Provincial Park and adjacent Kluane National Park and Preserve comprise a 37,500-square-mile UNESCO International World Heritage Site. The icefields visible to the west are the largest in the world outside the polar ice caps. Land east of the highway is open to recreational motorized vehicle use, but motorized use is prohibited to the west. The Golden Circle: The Haines Highway is part of the "Golden Circle" route that links five communities in two countries based on their histories rooted in the Klondike Gold Rush. The Klondike Highway takes travelers from Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon. Whitehorse and Haines Junction are linked via the Alaska Highway and motorists travel between Haines Junction and Haines on the Haines Highway. Find our more about the Golden Circle at the Haines Visitor's Center or by visiting


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Photo courtesy of Sheldon Museum

Left, restoration is under way on several Fort buildings. Above, troops held daily formations on the Parade Grounds.


Photo Š Tom Morphet

ort William H. Seward, a National Historic Site, was carved out of the Alaska wilderness 106 years ago — a symbol of Army strength and U.S. commitment to its young northern territory.

For nearly 50 years, it served as the economic and social focal point of Haines. Fort Seward’s history dates to the Klondike Gold Rush, when the U.S. Army built up its presence in Alaska, partly as a response to lawlessness in its new, northern territory. As the gold rush was winding down, a border dispute with Canada prompted the United States to commission construction of a military installation in Haines. Like other military bases built around Alaska at the same time, Fort Seward was intended to showcase the strength of the United States. The fort encompassed roughly 4,000 acres deeded to the government by the Presbyterian Church in 1902. The land grant spanned the portage between Chilkat and Chilkoot inlets and extended as far south as today’s Portage Cove wayside. The dock was built first, allowing delivery of lumber and other materials for construction. By late July 1903, foundations of local granite were taking shape under the skillful hands of Italian stonemasons imported for the job. Master carpenters from the U.S. mainland gave style to the buildings far beyond the rudimentary construction of the era. It was not until September 1904, however, that the first contingent of soldiers arrived and Fort William H. Seward became the regimental

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headquarters for Alaska.The garrison consisted of two full companies plus headquarters and quartermaster personnel, about 400 men total. To avoid confusion with the town of Seward, and to commemorate the pass over which the pioneers made their way in the days of the Gold Rush, Fort Seward was renamed Chilkoot Barracks in 1922. For nearly 20 years, after other Frontier-era forts were dismantled or decommissioned, Chilkoot Barracks was the only Army post in Alaska. During World War II, cadres of seasoned soldiers were transferred to various points in Alaska where they formed the nucleus for necessary new Army bases. Chilkoot Barracks became an induction and rest camp for military personnel. During its years of operation, the fort anchored the Haines economy, purchasing staples such as eggs, milk, vegetables and firewood from local providers. It provided medical services and was the center of social activities. But early in 1946, the Army deactivated the post and declared it surplus in favor of more strategically placed stations in Interior Alaska. A group of World War II veterans purchased the post with the intent of creating small business enterprises within a cooperative. The cooperative failed, but a core group of veterans slogged on and businesses sprang up in various buildings. Several businesses were aimed at selling items or tours to passengers off small cruise ships that moored at the old Army dock. Self-sufficient by virtue of their utilities and fire department, the families living on the former post created their own city and named it Port Chilkoot. In 1970, Port Chilkoot merged with the

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Military Roots Main Street area to form a single City of Haines. The fort’s buildings are now private residences and businesses, but images of its colorful past are visible to the visitor with imagination. Interpretive signs offer added detail, and a brochure available at the Visitor Information Center guides visitors on an historical walking tour. The nine-acre field in the middle of the fort known as the Parade Grounds was where daily formations took place. Sick soldiers were treated at the hospital on the east corner of the fort, now the home of Alaska Indian Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revival of Tlingit art. Behind and down the hill from the hospital is “Soapsuds Alley,� a row of smaller duplexes that housed noncommissioned officers whose wives did washing for the men, accounting for its name. The homes along the top of the fort comprise Officers’ Row. Here captains, lieutenants and their families lived. Today the buildings are privately owned. The buildings that today are the Hotel Halsingland once were the Bachelor Officers’ Quarters and Captain’s Quarters. The main building of the hotel was the Commanding Officer’s Quarters. Just downhill is the old firehall. A mule-drawn LaFrance soda pumper was initially used as an engine. In winter the men pulled it along with a rope.

The large warehouse building at the bottom side of the fort is one of the post’s two barracks, now used for storage. A twin barracks building beside it burned in June 1981. The Fort Seward Lodge served as the post exchange, with a gymnasium and movie house. The building also included a library, barber shop, soda fountain and bowling alley. The soda fountain was popular with tourists of the era as well as the soldiers' pet bear, "Three Per," named for its affinity for three percent beer. A small, red fast ferry office at the bottom of the hill once served as the fort's telegraph office. Some modern structures were built in Fort Seward, but the municipality has since adopted architectural standards to maintain its historic appearance.

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Native art is prevalent in the daily lives - and sights - of Haines.


Photos © John S. Hagen

Native Culture

ong before the valley became famous for its eagles and magnificent setting, the art of the Chilkat Tlingits drew the world’s attention to Haines.

Chilkat art manifested the great wealth and sophistication of local Natives, warriors and savvy traders who were among the most powerful bands in the Tlingit nation. Geography played a critical role in their rise. Believed to have migrated here from southern settlements, Chilkats and neighboring Chilkoots established communities strategically located for ease of harvesting food from the sea, streams and forest and for defense against intruders. The rich environment produced surplus resources and trade routes were established over mountain passes for swapping goods from the valley’s harvest, such as the oilrich eulachon fish, in exchange for copper, furs and moose hides from Interior Indians. The trade was so important the route over Chilkat Pass became known as the “grease trail.” Local Tlingits guarded their commerce, prohibiting Russian and Hudson’s Bay

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traders who arrived in Lynn Canal from establishing their own posts during the 1800s. Skilled navigators, they traveled widely throughout Southeast. At the time of white settlement in 1881, Tlingits in the valley numbered between 1,000 and 1,200, or about half of the valley’s current population. Until shortly after the turn of the 19th century, there were four active villages: Klukwan (located near 22 Mile on today’s Haines Highway), Klucktoo (a few miles downriver), Yendeistakye (just beyond the airport) and Chilkoot (at the head of Lutak Inlet). Klukwan is the only active settlement that remains but visitors today can recognize numerous sites of cultural importance. The Chilkoot village harbor was located near the mouth of the Chilkoot River on Lutak Road. From there to the lake are many old village sites. Archaeologists have used radio-carbon dating to estimate the age of artifacts recovered from the village sites. The oldest, part of an intertidal fish trap, was found to be more than 2,000 years old. About a half-mile in on the park road is a large, fragmented boulder. Named “Deer Rock,” it was the site of peace negotiations between warring tribes. The village of Chilkoot was just downstream of the lake, where a boardwalk extending into the river’s outlet allowed villagers to efficiently harvest salmon heading upstream. There are many gravesites in the area. Just past the airport on Haines Highway is the former site of Yendeistakye, a small village but an important gathering place. Klukwan, the main village of the Chilkat people, was a hub of culture and power among Tlingits throughout the northern Panhandle. In 1880, nearly 600 people lived here in 65 longhouses. Klukwan operates today under a tribal government. Many of its residents are shareholders in Klukwan, Inc., a Native village corporation organized under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Village members and other elders in the valley are working hard to revive and preserve a host of Tlingit art forms and skills. As a result, traditional knowledge camps have been held in recent summers. Such cultural workshops pass on skills from fish processing to canoe carving. A "hospitality house" opened in May 2010 where formal instruction in preparing traditional subsistence foods is offered and where village artists display and sell their wares. The village offers tours by appointment. Call 767-5770.

T otem poles around Haines signfy the area’s Alaska Native legacy. Nearly all the poles were carved in Haines by Alaska Indian Arts, a non-profit, educational group based in Fort Seward that was launched in the late 1950s to perpetuate Tlingit cultural practices. The largest, a 40-foot “Friendship Pole,” stands near the Haines School and went up in 1976. It’s patterned after a 27-inch pole in the Sheldon Museum that was carved in 1927 to thank town residents for helping smooth relations among Native clans. Atypical of traditional poles, this one combines figures representing both the Eagle and Raven moieties, and portrays white men. It was dedicated to the children of the Chilkat Valley, who have helped paint it over the years. The 16-foot “Eagle Family” pole rises above Portage Cove at Lookout Park, with guardians at its peak facing the Chilkat and Chilkoot valleys. A father figure at its bottom represents an Eagle chief holding a copper tinaa, a form of Tlingit Indian currency and symbol of wealth. A 20-foot pole at the Haines Library was carved in 2009. Its unorthodox design includes bear, raven, frog, woodworm, wolf, salmon and eagle figures at the top, representing clans of each of its eight carvers. A woman figure at its base signifies the Haines Woman’s Club, which started the library. She’s holding the Tlingit “Box of Knowledge," a time capsule to be opened in 2034.

Totem Poles around Haines

“Raven: Guardian of Clans” is the 38-foot pole at the Chilkat Center. It commemorates renovation of the town’s arts center in 1979. Crowned by a spread-winged raven, it includes frog and beaver designs traditionally owned by clans of the Raven moiety. A seven-foot pole, the figure of a single raven, stands nearby. Two free-standing poles and four, 14-foot, corner-post poles surround the replica tribal house in the Fort Seward parade grounds. A 35-foot version of the “Friendship Pole” stands behind the building; in front is 30-foot, raventopped pole that includes bear and wolf figures. One of the AIA’s earliest large poles, this one is more rudimentary in craftsmanship. A carving near the town’s firehall uses totemic techniques to depict an orca, the official seal of the Haines Borough. Atop the firehall’s hose tower is a five-foot, carved relief panel depicting firefighting equipment. Totem poles also can be seen at privately-owned properties around town and in the village of Klukwan. A pole along the Chilkoot River honors a family there. Most poles are made of red cedar. A few made of yellow cedar are lighter in color and more durable.

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Walking Tour


his walking tour is 1.6 miles long. It covers nearly level ground and lasts between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours.

Farther along on your right is the Pryor Building, whose cement blocks were mixed by hand in a converted 55-gallon oil drum. The structure, which now houses a coffee Begin at the Sheldon Museum shop downstairs and Our downtown has a fractured history. offices upstairs, was If you're on Main Street, facing the water, completed in 1923. buildings on the north or left side of the The building street make up the oldest part of town, next door, now the several dating back to the turn of the 20th Fogcutter Bar, was century. Property on the right side of Main built in 1923 as a was held by the Presbyterian Church and hardware store, and went largely undeveloped until the 1960s. also served as a gas The Sheldon Museum and Cultural station. Center started as Steve Sheldon’s private The four-story collection of artifacts and memorabilia The Haines Small Boat Harbor along Front Street. Photo © Andy Hedden building next door to of the area more than 80 years ago. The the Fogcutter is the current building opened in 1979. Today, Chisel Building. It is Haines’ tallest the facility is nationally accredited and Next door is the O’Dell-Tagg House, your left. Now a private residence, it was building and was completed in 1916. Joe houses a fascinating collection of Native now a private residence. Built in 1912, reportedly a carpentry shop in Skagway, art, Gold Rush mementos, and stories from Chisel, a business and civic leader, built it was hailed at the time as “one of the when George Washington Hinchman had the trail days of Jack Dalton. Ask to see the it himself mixing cement and carrying it prettiest homes in Haines, and one to be the building dismantled and shipped to on improvised ramps. The building first glass beads from King Tut's tomb. proud of,” by the Haines Pioneer Press. Haines, then reassembled. He is reported to served Haines as a hotel with backroom Go west up Main Street have paid only $12 for the building site and Turn left onto Union Street gambling facilities. Rooms rented for   Across from the museum is King’s Store. two adjacent lots. On your left just past the Assembly $3.50 per day. This building, completed in 1903, has of God Church, is the Lindholm House, See WALK page 11 Turn right on Second Avenue served as a hardware, drug store, restaurant built in 1912. Charles August Lindholm,   As you go up the and post office. a Swede, arrived in Haines at the end of hill, the red Pioneer It was owned the gold rush. His wife, Hilda Augusta, Bar and Bamboo by George moved here after their marriage in San Room Restaurant Vogel, the first Francisco. Lindholm was a cabinetmaker are on your left. The mayor after and independent carpenter; his wife sold Pioneer Bar began Haines was baked goods and worked as a midwife. Thai Donuts, Pastries & as Tom Valeur’s incorporated as Turn left on Third Avenue, Breads fresh daily Lunch & Homemade Pie Hotel de France, a a city Jan. 24, continue to Dalton Street, “first-class rooming 1910. then turn right Dinner Full Espresso Bar house.” Ads in the   Continuing    Haines' Catholic Church is on your 1907 Haines Pioneer left.The street it's on is named for Jack uphill, you Open 7 am to 3 pm Press mentioned will have an Closed Sunday Dalton, a turn of the century businessman, the hotel’s authentic excellent view trader and general entrepreneur. Dalton Tues, Fri & Sat, 4:30 - 8 pm A photo mural on the side of its French cuisine. For of the Chilkat Dine In or Take Out was responsible for developing a trail from building shows the early days of the more than 40 years, Mountains to tidewater in Haines to Champagne in the it has been operated your left. They Pioneer Bar. Photo © John S. Hagen Yukon. The trade route was known as the by the Tengs family range in height Dalton Trail. 5th & Dalton as a bar and restaurant. to 6,500 feet. Visible from where you   The Hinchman-Brouillette House is on behind Miles Furniture (907)766-3653 The Old City Hall and Fire Station are are standing are the spectacular spires of on your right. This building, now home to the “Cathedral Peaks” (Mt. Emmerich) Bell's Store, was one of Haines’ many city northwest of Haines. The area's landforms, Glacier Bay Flightseeing & Charter Flights halls and served until 1977. including the Chilkat River Valley and Lynn Canal, were carved by glaciers Taking visitors Continue up Second Avenue 15,000 years ago. To your left, the Summer Inn Bed and and locals The next building isn't historic, although Breakfast is the Vogel-Lammers House. where they its contents are. The Hammer Museum Tim Vogel, who built the house, was a don’t belong features more than 1,800 pounding notorious entrepreneur and former member implements from prehistory to the present since 1992 of Soapy Smith’s Skagway gang. He day. The collection tells the story of trades built the Haines Packing Co. cannery at 132 2nd Avenue - Haines, Alaska and tools little remembered from days past. Letnikof Cove in 1917. 3 doors south

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2012 Haines Visitor's Guide

Photo © Andy Hedden

WALK from page 10 His wife had the house face Dalton Street, as she thought this would be the main street of Haines. The house once rented for use as a bordello, featuring service by “shufflin' girls.”

food. All the stores along Main Street and Second Avenue are locally owned and operated.

Continue two blocks west

To your right across a cherry orchard on Sixth Avenue is a yellow farm-type house. This is the Frances Roberts house built before 1916. The Roberts family purchased this home in 1931 from its first owner, local sawmill operator, B.E. Benson. The Sheppard House, built in 1917, is on your left. It is said that the first owner of the building, Frank Saucier, came to Haines to work on the construction of the fort and was a notorious gambler.

Turn left on Sixth Avenue then left on Main and walk toward Lynn Canal

Haines' new elementary school is directly ahead on your right. Farther ahead on your left, the two smallest buildings are the former U.S. Commissioner’s office. Haines’ first courtroom was here. Main Street offers several shopping opportunities for local gifts, goods, art and

Continue east on Main Street, turn right on Second Avenue and left by the Visitor Center

Photo © John Hagen SPECIAL EVENTS IN HAINES -- Haines hosts several special events In the summer. Find a list of events on Page 2. Above left, a fireworks display takes place each Fourth of July. Above, bikers ride along the Chilkat River on the Haines Highway during the Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay each June.

The ANB (Alaska Native Brotherhood) and ANS (Alaska Native Sisterhood) building is on your left. The Native fraternal organization, formed in the early 1900s, led Alaska’s Native civil rights movement and continues as a social and philanthropic organization. The Presbyterian Church commands a spectacular view of the waterfront and occupies the site of the original Haines Mission. Be sure to see the mission bell cast in 1880 that commemorates the founding of the mission here, and the first white settlement in the Chilkat Valley, by S. Hall Young. A trail to the waterfront includes interpretive signs and photographs tracing the church’s history.

Turn right at First Avenue and head toward Tlingit Park

Directly ahead is the Haines Senior


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Center. Just behind the center is Tlingit Park, including a children's play area, picnic facilities, a walking trail and restrooms. At the far side of the park, overlooking the waterfront, is an historic cemetery. Headstones dating to the 1880s mark the graves of Natives and early residents.

Continue down the steps and turn right

Lookout Park is directly ahead and Lynn Canal is in front of you. The steam drill to your left was found at Dalton Cache, 42 miles north of Haines near the site of the present-day U.S. Customs. It was used in early gold mining for boring holes for explosives. A memorial honoring residents who've lost their lives in Alaska's great outdoors is located on the grassy hillside adjacent to the park.

Turn left and walk toward the harbor

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This is a great opportunity to see the waterfront activity in Haines. The boat harbor is to your right, home port of the local commercial fishing fleet and the daily water taxi to Juneau. Gillnetting for sockeye salmon is Haines’ predominant fishery. Crabbers,

groundfish longliners, and salmon trollers also homeport in Haines. You are welcome to walk down to the harbor but please keep out of the way of the fishermen. Continue to the Lighthouse


You are headed north again on Front Street. The Presbyterian Church is on your left, at the end of a short interpretive trail tracing the church’s history in Haines. At the foot of Main and Front streets is the Harbor Bar and Lighthouse Restaurant. Formerly known as The Gateway, it was built in 1907. During Prohibition, it was known as a “card room.” Inside is a massive and beautiful bar brought over from Skagway after the gold rush.

* An alternative route south along the waterfront takes you to

the Port Chilkoot Dock, where a historic walking tour of Fort Seward begins. Watch for marine life in Portage Cove. Beachcombing and even swimming are popular, although Lynn Canal rarely gets warmer than 45 F. A Haines man swam from here to Juneau in 2005 to protest a proposed road along Lynn Canal. His wet suit and gear are at Sheldon Museum.

Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

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Van service available within Haines City Limits See our location on the centerfold map

2012 Haines Visitor's Guide

WHERE TO FIND... All phone calls from long distance cellphones begin with area code 907 (unless noted)

Sightseeing, Recreation, Entertainment & Guided Adventures Air Excursions. Scheduled and custom flights, and flight touring. Service to Haines, Skagway, Juneau, Gustavus, Hoonah. 402 Main St. 766-3800 or 800-354-2479 (in Alaska). E-mail: See ads page 9 and 11. Alaska Fjordlines. Wildlife and sightseeing cruise to Juneau. Ticket office at the foot of Main Street. Departures from the boat harbor. 766-3395. E-mail: See ad page 3. Alaska Indian Arts. Native carvers and artists in action. Fort Seward. 766-2160. See ads page 7 and 9. Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School. Guided climbs, glacier hikes, sea kayaking, summer ice climbing, wildlife viewing. Mud Bay Rd. 766-3366. See ad page 4. Alaska Nature Tours. Wildlife viewing, birding, hiking, photo safaris, bear watching. 766-2876. 109 Second Ave. E-mail: See ads page 3 and 9. American Bald Eagle Foundation. Live bird presentations, and natural history museum. 766-3094. Second Avenue and Haines Highway. See ads page 8. Chilkat Guides. Eagle preserve float trips. Daily and overnight raft trips. Sawmill Rd. 766-2491. See ad backpage. Chilkoot Lake Tours. Sightseeing and fishing from motor launch on Chilkoot Lake. 766-3779. See ads page 9 and 10. First Out, Last In. Fishing charter and yacht adventures. 877-881-2854, 766-2854, 314-0854 Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry. Beach Road at the Port Chilkoot Dock. Passenger service. See ad page 4. Mountain Flying Service. Glacier Bay flightseeing, remote beach and glacier landings, charter flights. 766-3007. See ad page 10. Rainbow Glacier Adventures. Porcupine Gold Rush tours, bear and eagle viewing, custom and kayak tours. 766-3576. See ad page 3. River Adventures. Jetboat tours in the bald eagle preserve. 766-2050. 800-478-9827. See ad page 11. Sockeye Cycle. Two-hour to 11-day bike tours. Guided or self-guided, van-supported. Portage St. 766-2869. 877-2924154. See ads page 7 and 9 Takshanuk Mountain Trail. Motorized guided trail tours. 7 Mile Lutak Rd. 766-3179. E-mail: See ad page 15. Valley of the Eagles Golf Course and Driving Range. 2 Mile Haines Highway. 766-2401. See ad page 9. White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Skagway. 800-343-7373. See ad page 11. Photo © Andy Hedden

Campgrounds — private Haines Hitch-Up RV Park, 851 Main St. 92 Full hookups, 50 amp, cable TV, gift shop, tour info. and ticketing, Showers, laundry and free Wi-Fi for guests. 766-2882. See ad page 9. Oceanside RV Park. Full service, shower, laundry. Front St. 766-2437. See ads page 9 and 10. Port Chilkoot RV Park. 766-2000. See Hotel Halsingland ad page 4.

Hotels, motels & inns A Sheltered Harbor Bed and Breakfast. On the waterfront near Port Chilkoot Dock. 766-2741. See ad page 9. Captain’s Choice Motel. 39 rooms. Second & Dalton. 766-3111. 800-478-2345. www.capchoice. com. E-mail: See ads page 5 and 9. Chilkat Eagle Bed and Breakfast. Next to the Chilkat Center in Fort Seward. Courtesy shuttle. 766-2763. E-mail: See ad page 9. Cliffhanger Bed & Breakfast. Cathedral View Subdivision, 2.2 Mile Haines Highway. 314-0099. See ad page 9. Eagle's Nest Motel. 1 Mile Haines Highway. 766-2891, 800-354-6009. See ads page 9 and 10. Fort Seward Bed and Breakfast. 800-615-6676 or 766-2856. See ad page 6. Fort Seward Lodge. 0 Mile Haines Highway, Fort Seward. 7662002. See ad page 6 and 8. Haines Bear Lodge Bed & Breakfast. 8 Mile Lutak Road, north of the ferry terminal. Four private rooms and baths. 766-2436. 812-371-5507. See ad page 9 Hotel Halsingland. 60 rooms, restaurant and cocktail lounge. Fort Seward. 766-2000; 800-5426363. E-mail: See ad page 6. Lynn View Lodge. Suites, rooms, cabins. 3.5 Mile Lutak Road. 766-3713. www.lynnviewlodge. com. See ad page 9. Summer Inn Bed & Breakfast. Second Ave. near Main. 766-2970. See ads page 9 and 15.

Other accommodations 33 Mile Roadhouse. Cabin rentals by day, week or month. 767-5510. See ad page 2. Bear Creek Cabins and hostel. 1.5 Mile Small Tracts Rd. 766-2259. 314-0449. See ad page 9. Bear Den Apartment. Fully furnished. Nightly rental. Main St. near the harbor. 766-2117. See ad page 8. Fort Seward Condos. Officers Row, Fort Seward. Fully furnished vacation apartments with kitchens. 766-2708. E-mail: See ad page 6.



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Ice Alaskan Liquor Store. Main Street. See ads page 9 and 10. Haines Quick Shop. 0 Mile Haines Hwy. See ads page 8 and 10. Howsers Supermarket. Main Street. See ads page 5 and 8. Olerud's Market Center. Main Street. See ad page 8.

Bait Howsers Supermarket. Main Street. See ads page 5 and 8. Olerud's Market Center. Main Street. See ad page 8. Outfitter Sporting Goods. 0 Mile Haines Hwy. See ads page 8 and 10.

Boats — supplies, repair Canal Marine. 10 Front Street. Outboard and small engine parts and repair. See ad page 8. Olerud's Market Center, Main Street. See ad page 8.

Outdoor gear Alaska Backcountry Outfitter. 111 Second Ave. Gear and equipment rentals. See ads page 3 and 8. Olerud's Market Center. Main Street. See ad page 8. Outfitter Sporting Goods. 0 Mile Haines Highway. See ads page 8 and 10.

Fishing & hunting licenses

Olerud's Market Center. Main Street. Also carry British Columbia and Yukon licenses. See ad page 8. Outfitter Sporting Goods. 0 Mile Haines Highway. See ads page 8 and 13.

Boat launch & fuel Chilkat State Park. Launch ramp, small float. $5. Chilkoot Lake. Launch ramp. Free. Haines Small Boat Harbor. Full service, harbormaster. 766-2448. Letnikof Cove, Mud Bay Road. No service. Float & launch ramp. Lutak Inlet. Sport boat ramp, Lutak Road past ferry terminal. FUEL FOR BOATS: Downtown boat harbor.

Public Campgrounds & Parks

Photo © John S. Hagen

NO HOOK-UPS AVAILABLE IN ANY STATE PARK. Nightly fees $10 at Chilkoot Lake and Chilkat State Park, $5 at Portage Cove. No charge at Mosquito Lake. Chilkat State Park. 7 Mile Mud Bay Road. Overnight camping, fishing, picnics, boat launch, water, toilets. Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site. 10 Mile Lutak Road. Overnight camping, fishing, boat launch, water, toilets. Lookout Park. Front St. near boat harbor. Gazebo, picnic area. No camping. Mosquito Lake State Recreation Site. 27 Mile Haines Highway. Overnight camping, fishing, picnics, toilets. Portage Cove State Recreation Site. Beach Road past Fort Seward. Tents and backpacks only. Overnight camping, picnic area, water, toilets, fire rings. Oslund Park. 1 Mile Haines Highway. Ball diamonds, public restrooms, playground. No camping. Tlingit Park and Picnic Area. Next to Senior Citizens Center. Playground, barbecue grills, picnic tables, toilets. No overnight camping.

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Places to visit

All phone calls from long distance cellphones begin with area code 907 (unless noted)

Gifts, galleries, apparel, florist


Alaska Indian Arts, Inc. Fort Seward. 766-2160. See ads page 7 and 9. Alaska Rod's. Main St. and Second Ave. 766-2352. See ads page 8 and 15. American Bald Eagle Foundation Gift Shop, Second Avenue and Old Haines Highway, 766-3094. See ad page 8 The Babbling Book. Main Street. 766-3356. See ad page 8. Bear Den Gifts. Main Street across from the museum. 766-2117. See ad page 8. Bell’s Store. Fresh flowers. 18 Second Ave. N. 766-2950. See ad page 8. Buckshot and Bobby Pins. 221 Main Street. 766-2450. See ads page 8 and 11. Caroline's Closet. Corner of Main Street and Second Ave. See ad page 8. Catotti & Goldberg Studio. 6.5 Mile Mud Bay Rd. 766-2707. See ad page 2. Dalton City Yarn Shoppe. Southeast fairgrounds. 766-2779. See ads pages 8. Dejon Delights. Portage St. in Fort Seward. See ads page 4 and 8. Extreme Dreams Gallery. 7 Mile Mud Bay Rd. See ad page 10. Forget-Me-Not Gallery. 209 Tower Road. 303-1957. See ad page 8. Gill Netter Gear Shed. 4 Main St. 766-3395. See ad page 2. Haines Farmers Market. Southeast Alaska State fairgrounds. See ad page 5. Haines Hitch-Up RV Park. 851 Main St. 766-2882. See ad page 9. Haines Packing Co. and Some Things Fishy? Gift Shop and Gallery. 5.5 Mile Mud Bay Road. 766-2828. See ad page 16. Halsingland Gift Shop. Fort Seward. 766-2000. See ad page 6. King’s Store. 204 Main Street. 766-2336. See ads page 8. Lost Coast Shop. Main Street and Second Ave. 766-3472. See ad page 8. Material Girls. Fabric and yarn store. 322 Main. 766-3391. See ad page 8. Orca Gift Shop. 57 Beach Road. 766-2741. See ad page 8. Radio Shack/Haines Cable TV. 715 Main Street. See ad page 8. Rusty Compass Coffeeshop. 116 Main Street. See ad page 9. Sea Wolf Studio. Fort Seward Parade Grounds. See ad page 6. Sheldon Museum Gift Shop. Main and Front streets. 766-2366. See ad page 8. The Whale Rider. Portage St., Fort Seward. 766-2540. See ad page 6. Wild Iris. Fort Seward. 766-2300. See ads page 6 and 8.

Groceries, snacks, seafood


Bell’s Store. Retail seafood. 18 Second Ave. N. 766-2950. See ad page 8. Dejon Delights. Portage St., Fort Seward. Retail seafood. Processing and shipping available. 766-2505 , 800-539-3608. See ads page 4 and 8. Haines Farmers Market at the Southeast fairgrounds. For dates and times, see ad page 5. Haines Packing Co. 5.5 Mile Mud Bay Road. Retail seafood. 766-2828. See ad page 16. Haines Quick Shop. 0 Mile Haines Highway. Convenience store. See ads page 8 and 10. Howsers Supermarket. Main Street. Full-service grocery store. See ads page 5 and 8. Mountain Market. Third Ave. and Haines Hwy. Grocery items, gourmet and organic foods. See ads page 5, 8 and 9. Olerud's Market Center. Main Street. Full meat market and groceries. See ad page 8.

Liquor, bars, lounges Alaskan Liquor Store. Main Street. See ads page 9 and 10. Captain's Choice Motel. Cocktail lounge. Second Ave. See ads page 5 and 9. Fort Seward Lodge Saloon. 0 Mile Haines Highway, Fort Seward.. 766-2002. See ad page 6 adn 8. Haines Brewing Co. Dalton City, at the Southeast Alaska State fairgrounds. Local microbrewery. Retail sales. See ads page 9 and 15. Harbor Bar. At the boat harbor. See ads page 9 and 16. Hotel Halsingland. Cocktail lounge. Fort Seward. 766-2000. See ad page 6. Mountain Spirits. Inside Mountain Market, at Third Ave. and Haines Hwy. Beer, wine, spirits. See ads. page 5, 8 and 9. Outfitter Liquor. 0 Mile Haines Highway. See ad page 10. Pioneer Bar. Second Avenue next to Bamboo Room. 766-2800. See ad page 9.

Restaurants 33 Mile Roadhouse. 33 Mile Haines Hwy. Historic roadhouse cafe. Burgers a specialty. Homemade pies. Beer and wine. 767-5510. See ads page 2 and 9. Bamboo Room. Second Ave. near Main. Daily specials, homemade soups, seafood, bar service. 766-2800. See ad page 9. Bear-Rittos. Bakery and eatery. Breakfast, lunch, burritos. Main Street near the harbor. 766-2117. See ad page 8. Chilkat Restaurant and Bakery. Corner of Fifth Ave. & Dalton St. Breakfast and lunch specials, baked goods. Thai specialties. Family atmosphere. See ads page 9 and 10. Commanders Room. Hotel Halsingland, Fort Seward. 766-2000. Unique and creative dishes inspired by the freshest ingredients possible. Full bar offering a lighter menu. See ad page 9. Fireweed Restaurant. Organic foods, fresh baked goods, pizza, pasta, salads, beer and wine. Blacksmith Rd., Fort Seward. 766-3838. See ads page 6 and 9. Fort Seward Lodge Resturant. 0 Mile Haines Highway, Fort Seward. Prime beef, fresh seafood. 766-2002. See ad page 6 adn 8. Hungry Moose. Espresso, ice cream, fast food. Second Ave.. See ad page 9. The Klondike. Wood-fired pizza. In Dalton City at Southeast Alaska State fairgrounds. 766-3700. See ad page 9. Lighthouse Restaurant. Specializing in local seafood and steaks. Daily specials. At the boat harbor. 766-2442. See ads page 9 and 16. Mosey's Cantina. New Mexican specialties. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. Soapsuds Alley. 766-2320. See ad page 9. Mountain Market and Mountain Spirits. Espresso bar, deli ,natural foods. Package liquor. Third Ave. and Haines Hwy. 766-3340. See ads page 5, 8 and 9. Rusty Compass Coffeeshop. Espresso and gifts. 116 Main St. See ad page 9. Sarah J’s. Espresso, sandwiches, fresh baked goods and gifts. On Portage St. Fort Seward. See ad page 6.

Haines Borough Public Library Haines was honored to have its public library named “The Best Small Library in America” in 2005. In 2009, Library Journal awarded it a "five-star" rating, reflecting the great variety of services available to residents and visitors. The library collection includes books, videos, DVDs, audio books and periodicals. Access to web-based e-mail and the Internet is available. The library is located on Third Avenue. It’s open daily throughout the year. 766-2545. American Bald Eagle Foundation Located at the corner of Second Avenue and Haines Highway, the eagle foundation is a natural history museum open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer. Exhibits illustrate a microcosm of life in the Chilkat Valley, with more than 200 specimens of local fish and wildlife on display in a lifesize diorama. A video of the annual fall and winter eagle congregation offers summer visitors a chance to experience the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles. Two live raptors are on display at all times. Live bird presentations are made twice daily. A gift shop carries art and educational materials. Adult admission is $10. 766-3094. Sheldon Museum The Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center occupies the site of the original Presbyterian mission to the Tlingit Indians. Its nationally recognized and accredited collection includes prized Native artifacts, including rare Chilkat blankets, beadwork, carvings and basketry. Exhibits include art by Haines residents. The pioneering days of missionaries and miners are featured as well, and the transportation exhibit helps travelers learn more about the town's history as a transportation hub and birthplace of the Alaska Marine Highway System. The museum store stocks Alaskan books, arts and crafts. The museum is open daily during the summer. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends, with extended hours for ship dockings. Adult admission is $5. 766-2366. The Hammer Museum Haines’ Hammer Museum boasts more than 1,800 hammers but isn’t just for guys. The tools, collected from around the world, are an avenue to exploring some of the many lifestyles, social phenomena and careers made obsolete by modern technology. It's located downtown on Main Street. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is $3. 766-2374. Kroschel Wildlife Center The family-owned wildlife center features opportunities for up-close and personal experiences with more than 15 species of orphaned and rescued Alaska wildlife including bears, wolves, moose, lynx, fox, reindeer, porcupine, snowy owl, wolverine and more. Guided tours offer opportunities to photograph animals in their natural environments. The center is open for presentations from May to late September. Call for more information 767-5464. Tlingit Park and Playground Located on First Avenue is one of the Chilkat Valley’s proudest family attractions: Tlingit Park. The park includes picnic facilities, restrooms and a walking path, as well as age-appropriate play areas for toddlers and older children. An historic cemetery adjoins the park. Alaska Indian Arts For more than 40 years, Alaska Indian Arts, Inc. has worked to preserve Northwest Coast art and culture. The nonprofit corporation operates in the former hospital building at Fort William H. Seward and offers opportunities for visitors to watch Alaskan artists in action. Totem carvers and silversmiths maintain workshops in the building that is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A gallery of Alaskan art, including masks and limited edition silkscreen prints, is on display. Free admission. 766-2160. Chilkat Center for the Arts The Chilkat Center for the Arts began its life in the 1880s on the west side of the Chilkat River, where it was part of one of the state’s earliest canneries. Purchased by the U.S. Army, it was dismantled and floated around Chilkat Peninsula, and rebuilt as the Education and Recreation Hall in its present location at Fort William H. Seward. In the late 1960s, it was transformed into a performing arts center. Studios for public radio station KHNS (FM 102.3) are upstairs. Haines Skate Park Master carver John G. Hagen A skate park offers recreation for skateboarders and in-line skaters. “The Hut,” works on a totem pole at Alaska located at Oslund Park, 1 Mile Haines Indian Arts in Fort Seward. Photos © John S. Hagen Highway, features ramps, two quarter pipes, a pyramid, ledges and rails. The covered, lighted facility was a collaborative effort between adults and youths. It closes at curfew. Haines Swimming Pool This 25-yard public pool offers swims weekdays and on Saturday. Call 766-2666 for hours.

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Medical & dental

WHERE TO FIND... All phone calls from long distance cellphones begin with area code 907 (unless noted)

Maps, charts, guidebooks Alaska Backcountry Outfitter. Second Ave. Maps, guidebooks. See ads page 3 and 8. The Babbling Book. Main Street. Guidebooks, topographic maps. See ad page 8. King’s Store. Main Street. Maps, guidebooks, marine charts. See ads page 8. Sheldon Museum. Main & Front. Guidebooks. See ad page 8. Visitor Information Center. Second & Willard.

Photo processing King's Store. Digital and multimedia services. Main Street. 766-2336. See ad page 8.

Hair and personal care


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The Hair Shop, etc. Hair, skin, nail care, tanning. Main St. Walk-ins. 766-3550. See ad page 8. Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 766-3697 or 303-7697. See ad page 2.

Bank, cash machines (ATM) Dalton City, Southeast Fairgrounds. First National Bank Alaska. Main Street. 766-6100. See ad page 8. Haines Quick Shop. 0 Mile Haines Highway. See ads page 8 and 10. Howsers Supermarket. Main Street. See ads page 5 and 8.

Public phone A phone inside the Haines Visitor's Center, Second Ave. and Willard St., may be used for local calls.

Public restrooms Fort Seward parade grounds. Oslund Park. 1 Mile Haines Highway. Sheldon Museum. Main Street. Small Boat Harbor. Foot of Main Street. Tlingit Park. Next to Senior Citizens Center. Visitor Center. 2nd Avenue near Willard. Port Chilkoot Dock.

Weather information

Newspapers, Internet, Wi-Fi Chilkat Valley News, on newsstands and online at Haines Borough Public Library. Third Avenue. Open daily. See information page 13 Haines Quick Shop. 0 Mile Haines Highway. See ads page 8, 12. Howsers Supermarket. Main Street. See ads page 6, 8. Olerud's Market Center. Main & Fourth. See ad, page 8.

Auto service, parts, car wash

33 Mile Roadhouse. 33 Mile Haines Highway. Gas, oil. 767-5510. See ads page 2, 9. Bigfoot Auto Service. 1 Mile Haines Hwy. Fuel, parts, service, towing. 766-2458. See ad page 8. Bushmaster Service. Fourth & Union. Parts and service. 766-3217. See ad page 15. Canal Marine Auto Repair. 10 Front Street. Mechanic on duty. 766-2437. See ad page 8. Duck In Car Wash. Self service. Main Street. See ad page 8. The Parts Place. Third Avenue. 766-2940. See ad page 8. Tesoro. Haines Hwy. & Main St. Fuel, RV dump station, water. 766-3776. See ad page 8.

Fireworks Wildefire Pyrotechnics. 27 Mile Haines Hwy. 766-3872 or 314-0424. See ad page 15.

Car rentals, taxis Captain's Choice Motel. Second Ave. 766-3111. See ads page 9 and 15. Eagle's Nest Motel. 1 Mile Haines Hwy. 800-354-6009. 766-2891 See ads page 9 and 10. Hotel Halsingland. Avis rentals. Fort Seward. 766-2733, 766-2000. See ad page 6. Lynn View Lodge. 3.5 Mile Lutak Rd. 766-3713. See ad page 9. Ms. Lucy Taxi and Courier Service. In-town tours. 303-8000. See ad page 8.

Laundromats, showers

SEARHC Haines Health Center. First Avenue. 766-6300. Chilkat Valley Medical Center. Dr. Linda Keirstead. 138 Second Ave. S. 766-3701. Family practice physician. Dr. Len Feldman. Mud Bay Road. 766-3009. Public Health Nurse. Main St. 766-3300. Dentists:   Dr. Patrick Smalley. Main St. 766-3311.   SEARHC Dental Clinic. First Ave. 766-6372.

Haines Pool. Showers available. No laundry. At Haines School. 766-2666. See ad page 16. Moose Horn Laundry. Laundry and showers. Haines Hwy. & Main St. 766-3939. See ad page 8. Oceanside RV Park. Front St. 766-2437. See ads page 9 and 10. Port Chilkoot RV Park. See Hotel Halsingland ad page. 766-2000. See ad page 6.

24-hour weather forecasts and marine conditions can be heard by calling 766-2727, or online at (enter 99827 for zip code) Conditions at the Haines airport: 766-2519.

Emergency numbers Ambulance: 911 Fire: 911 (business: 766-2115) Police: 911 (business: 766-2121) Medical clinic: 766-6300. State troopers: 766-2552.

Customs and border protection   U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, 42 Mile Haines

Highway, 767-5511. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Alaska time.   Canadian Customs, 42 Mile Haines Highway. 767-5540. Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Haines time; 8 a.m. to midnight Canadian border time (Pacific daylight).   WHEN CROSSING THE BORDER: Travelers 16 years and older are required to carry a passport or a passport card when entering the U.S. Travelers 15 and under need birth certificate. Entry into Canada requires a passport, passport card, enhanced driver's license or birth certificate with photo ID.   For 48 hours' travel or more, one must have $500 cash or international charge card. Exact amount of money depends on circumstances and is at the discretion of customs officials.   Dogs and cats must have a rabies certificate validated within the last three years.

Propane 33 Mile Roadhouse. 33 Mile Haines Hwy. 767-5510. See ads page 2, 9. Haines Propane. Fair Drive. 766-3191. See ad page 8.

Real estate Coldwell Banker Race Realty. 766-3511. See ad page 2. Haines Real Estate. 115 Second Ave. South. 766-3510 or 7662240. See ad page 8.

Transportation - marine Alaska Fjordlines. Fjord Express, daily service to Juneau. Departures from boat harbor. 766-3395. www.alaskafjordlines. com. See ad page 5. Alaska Marine Highway state ferry terminal. 5 Mile Lutak Road. 766-2111. Schedule: 766-2113. Reservations: 800-6420066. First Out, Last In fishing and yacht Charters. Haines Small Boat Harbor. Private yacht cruises featuring Glacier Bay National Park, Elfin Cove and Pelican. 314-2854 or 877-881-2854. See ad page 4. Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry. Beach Road at the Port Chilkoot Dock. Daily passenger service. 766-2100 or 888-766-2103. See ad page 4.

Transportation - air

An Alaska Marine Highway ferry sails near Haines in the Lynn Canal.

Photo © Ron Horn

Air Excursions. Scheduled flights, flight touring, charters and cargo. Service to Haines, Skagway, Juneau, Gustavus, Hoonah and Kake. 402 Main St. 766-3800 or 800-354-2479 (in Alaska). www.airexcursions. com. See ads page 9 and 11. Wings of Alaska. Scheduled flights, flight touring, charters and cargo. Service to Haines, Skagway, Juneau, Gustavus, Hoonah and Excursion Inlet. Office at Haines Airport. 7662030 or 800-789-9464 (in Alaska). See ad page 16. Mountain Flying Service. Glacier Bay flightseeing, remote beach and glacier landings, charter flights.132 2nd Ave. 766-3007. See ad page 10.

Waste disposal ACME Transfer Co. Garbage disposal. 987 Haines Hwy. 766-3826. See ad page 8. Tesoro. Intersection of Haines Hwy & Main St. Fuel, RV dump station, water. 766-3776. See ad page 8.


Baha’i s of Haines. 766-2664. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 766-2379. 417 Mud Bay Rd. Haines Baptist Church. 6th and Main St. 314-0387. See ad (with worship times) page 8. Haines Christian Center/Assembly of God. 766-2126. Corner of Second Ave. and Union Street. Haines Cornerstone Foursquare Gospel Church. 766-2719 or -3141. Chilkat Center. Theater Dr., Fort Seward. Haines Presbyterian Church. 766-2377. 228 First Avenue South. See ad page 8 and 15. Klukwan Assembly of God Church. 767-5544. Klukwan Village, 22 Mile Haines Hwy. New Hope Church. 767-5449. 31.5 Mile Haines Highway. Port Chilkoot Bible Church. 766-2629. Corner of Fort Seward Dr. and Portage St. Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 766-2241. Corner of 3rd Ave. and Dalton St. Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. 766-3041. Chilkat Center for the Arts lobby. Theater Dr., Fort Seward. The Salvation Army. 766-2470. Fifth & Union streets.

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Eagles in Action


Photo © Ron Horn

Photo © Ron Horn.

aines is known as the Valley of Eagles. In the spring, dozens soar high in the sky. In the summer, they’re likely to be perched at the waterfront or along the rivers.

But it’s late fall and winter when visitors can appreciate the phenomenal gathering of the greatest known concentration of American Bald Eagles. Since time immemorial, bald eagles have gathered along the Chilkat River by the thousands each winter. They come, usually from late September through January, because of a natural upwelling of warm water that allows them to feed on the late run of chum salmon when the rest of Alaska is frozen solid. It is an awesome sight to see cottonwood trees laden with eagles or hundreds of the great winged creatures perched on the river flats, waiting to tear at fish carcasses with their powerful beaks and talons. The white-headed, white-tailed birds with the penetrating yellow eyes once had a $2 bounty on their heads and were accused of depleting salmon runs and flying off with residents’ cats and small dogs. Now they are protected by the federal government and promoted as part of Haines’ economy. After years of debate between developers and environmentalists, the state formed the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in 1982. It is a 48,000-acre sanctuary for the national bird. Eagle viewing in the preserve is centered at the State of Alaska’s interpretive pullout, located adjacent to the critical habitat area, or Eagle Council Grounds, at 19 Mile Haines Highway. Historically, the gathering of eagles, concentrated mostly within the Council Grounds, is at its peak in mid-November when up to 3,500 or more bald eagles have been counted. The 18th annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival set for Nov. 14-18 2012, is timed to coincide with the peak of the eagle congregation. It’s a good time for summer visitors to return to the Chilkat Valley and experience the valley’s namesake up close. The five-day celebration includes interpretive tours of the preserve, seminars, arts and cultural events in town. Injured eagles rehabilitated at raptor centers in Alaska are returned to the wild during a special release ceremony. For more information, contact the American Bald Eagle Foundation or Visitor Center.


Beware of Bears Bears frequently share our favorite fishing holes and state parks and can become a dangerous problem if certain rules are not observed: Deposit all garbage in trash cans and keep a clean camp. Bears have a keen sense of smell and are attracted to anything that has had even slight contact with food or food smell. Keep picnic tables clean. Don't eat or store food in your tent. Keep all food, including ice chests, in your vehicle overnight. Never clean fish in the campground area, but in a fast‑flowing stream that will carry the debris away. When hiking, make noise to warn bears of your presence. A suddenly surprised bear may feel threatened and attack.

- Never stop a motor vehicle on the highway or its shoulders. Use the designated turnouts. Keep tripods off the roadway. - Stay off the flats where the eagles feed. - Remember the eagles are here because of food and open water. Give them adequate space by not approaching so closely that they are spooked. - Do not disturb the river’s salmon. Leave all fish‑‑‑alive or dead‑‑‑where nature has placed them.

At Chilkoot River and Lake, high numbers of anglers and bears share the fishing grounds, warranting special rules: Stop all fishing when a bear approaches within 100 yards. Make every effort, including releasing hooked fish, to prevent a bear from obtaining your catch. Do not eat along the river. Leave pets in your vehicle or have them leashed at all times. Do not camp along the road. Avoid fishing on the eastern river bank (opposite shore from the road). Obey bear-crossing signs. Don't stop in the designated zone.

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