Articles and Photos by Terry W. Sheely
HIGHWAY TO HAINES
A Rare Southeast Drive-In Destination to
Salmon Rivers and Saltwater, Calendar
Scenery and Alaska Adventures
Haines is one of only two fish towns in Southeast that I can drive to from anywhere in North, South or Central America. The other is Skagway, a tourist stop more famous for launching an 1897 Klondike gold rush than salmon fishing in 2017. Haines and Skagway are on opposite sides of Lynn Canal connected by a state ferry that shuttles highway traffic across the fjord and links two sections of spectacular northern highway.
That Haines, a Southeast town of 2,400, can be driven to makes it special enough in Alaska’s Southeast where towns are remote and isolated by saltwater, ice fields and roadless forests, and connected to the outside by 737s, float planes, bush planes, boats, ferries or cruise ships.
But there’s more to this town than accessibility, I’m discovering, and a lot of it has to do with fresh and saltwater fishing, two rivers you’ve likely never heard of, and its claim to being “The Adventure Capital of Alaska.”
Haines is a folksy town, less touristy than Skagway, with killer views of North America’s deepest (2,000 feet) fjord, a waterfront that stares up at two ice-capped mountain ranges, along a sea-to-icefield highway, on a wedge of land between two salmon, trout and char rivers just a short run from halibut.
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