Visitors travel to Haines for the November festival by one of three ways: flying in a small plane; taking a ferry; or by driving on the paved highway from Haines Junction (160 miles north of Haines in the Yukon, Canada).
There is daily scheduled air service between Juneau, Skagway and Haines. However, flights are frequently canceled in November due to poor weather conditions. Please contact LAB or Wings of Alaska for flight information. It takes approximately 35 minutes to fly between Haines and Juneau on planes that seat 4-9 passengers.
Taking the Alaska State Ferry is a memorable Alaskan adventure and well worth the extra time. Ferries generally run 2-3 times per week in the winter between Haines, Skagway and Juneau. The fall/winter schedule is usually not available until late summer. Travel times are either 2-1/2 or 4-1/2 hours between Haines and Juneau depending on the ferry. For ferry reservations, contact the Alaska Marine Highway System at 1-800-642-0066.
Rental cars are available in Haines, if desired. If you stay at a motel or B&B in town, you will be able to walk to our Museum and take the shuttle to the Preserve.
Although the weather during the festival COULD be sunny and dry, be prepared for cold, wet and snowy conditions. Dress appropriately in layers, including warm winter footwear. We recommend thermal or polypropylene underwear, a wool or fleece middle layer, and a waterproof/windproof outer layer. Warm gloves, hats and waterproof boots are essential. Dress for comfort during the festival -- casual clothing is acceptable for all indoor events.
During November, the sun comes up at about 9:30 a.m. and sets at about 3:00 p.m. Best hours of light in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in November are between 10 and 2.
The following guidelines were developed to insure protection for the eagles and other critical features of the preserve.Please help us protect this area for the eagles and future visitor use.
(Excerpted, in part, from the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve brochure.)
The following is a checklist of recommended photography equipment:
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