TERMINAL AND DEPARTURE INFO
The Wings of Alaska ticket counter is located just inside the terminal at Haines Airport.
Currently, all flights departing from Haines do not require TSA screening. Passengers can arrive 30 minutes prior to departure for check-in.
Parking and Ground Transportation
All parking is currently free for passengers at the airport in Haines. Our Haines staff can help assist with transportation to local downtown lodges
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS (refer to local CVB for exact dates)
Southeast Alaska State Fair
Alaska Bald Eagle Festival
Alaska Craftbeer& Homebrew Festival
Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay
Find out more about festivals and events in Haines.
Valley of the Eagles Golf Links and Driving Range
Rainbow Glacier Adventures
Kroschel Wildlife life Center
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Between the Chilkoot and Chilkat rivers lies the City of Haines, a quintessential Alaskan destination. Gaining prominence during the Klondike gold rush, today the city’s main industries are commercial fishing, timber and tourism. More than 100,000 visitors tour Haines during the summer, and many more visit during the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, which takes place in November. From September to December more than 3,500 bald eagles occupy the Chilkat river valley, a fascinating natural phenomenon. Haines is also home to the hit Discovery Channel program “Gold Rush Alaska”, a reality show that has re-ignited gold fever around the country. Also the location for the Southeast Alaskan State Fair in July, Haines is not a city to be missed.
OTHER COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Haines was historically Chilkat Indian Territory. There are two major Tlingit Indian Villages in the area, the Chilkoot, in Haines, and the Chilkat, in Klukwan.
Bald Eagle Reserve
Haines is home to the world’s largest congregation of bald eagles, who feed from the hot spring-fed rivers. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Reserve, located 18 miles from Haines, is a major attraction in Southeast Alaska. 48,000 acres reserved to protect the more than 4,000 eagles that return to feed each year from October to January.
Commercial Fishing, Timber, Tourism
Commercial fishing, timber, government, tourism, and transportation are the primary employers. 131 area residents hold commercial fishing permits. Many jobs are seasonal. Tourism business, crafts, and the traffic Haines draws as a result of its road connection to the Alaska Marine Highway System have become increasingly important. Over 100,000 visitors are expected to visit Haines during the summer, arriving by car, ferry or air.
Haines has a maritime climate characterized by cool summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures range from 46F to 66F; winters range from 10F to 36F. Temperature extremes have been recorded from -16F to 90F. Total precipitation averages 52 inches a year, with 133 inches of snowfall.
- The Haines area was called the “Dei Shu” by the Tlingit, meaning, “end of the trail.” The Chilkat Tlingit controlled the trading routes between the coast and the interior.
- The first non-Native to settle here was George Dickinson, an agent for the Northwest Trading Co. in 1880. In 1881, S. Young Hall, a Presbyterian minister, received permission from the Chilkat to build the Willard Mission and school. The mission was renamed Haines in honor of Mrs. F.E. Haines, Secretary of the Presbyterian Women’s Executive Society of Home Missions, who had raised funds for the mission’s construction.
- During the Klondike gold rush in the late 1890’s, it grew as a mining supply center, since the Dalton Trail from Chilkat Inlet to Whitehorse offered an easier route to the Yukon for prospectors.
- Gold was also discovered 36 miles from Haines in 1899 at the Porcupine District. Four canneries had been constructed in the area by the turn of the century. The first permanent U.S. military installation was constructed south of Haines in 1904, Fort William H. Seward. In 1922, the fort was renamed Chilkoot Barracks.
- Until World War II, it was the only U.S. Army post in Alaska. It was deactivated in 1946 and sold as surplus property to a group of veterans who established it as Port Chilkoot. In 1970, Port Chilkoot merged with Haines into one municipality. In 1972, the post was designated a national historic site and the name, Fort William Seward, was restored.
- Haines is also known for its famous strawberries: the Alaskan hybrid “Burbank,” developed by Charles Anway, was a prizewinner in Seattle in 1909. The annual strawberry festival developed into the Southeast Alaska State Fair, which draws thousands of visitors each year.
- The last of the early canneries closed in 1972 due to declining fish stocks. Expansion of the timber industry in the early 1970s fueled growth. The sawmills closed in 1976. Tourism is now an important source of income in the community.