Klehini River

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Coordinates: 59°24′42″N 135°55′48″W / 59.41167°N 135.93000°W / 59.41167; -135.93000
Klehini River
Klehini River.JPG
Near mile 27 of the Haines Highway
Countries Canada, United States
Source unnamed glacier
 - location Nadahini Mountain, British Columbia
Mouth Chilkat River
 - location opposite Klukwan, 22 miles (35 km) west of Skagway, St. Elias Mountains, Alaska
 - elevation 112 ft (34 m) [1]
 - coordinates 59°24′42″N 135°55′48″W / 59.41167°N 135.93000°W / 59.41167; -135.93000 [1]
Length 42 mi (68 km) [2]
Location of the mouth of the Klehini River in Alaska

The Klehini River is a large, glacially fed stream in the vicinity of Haines in the U.S. state of Alaska.

The Klehini River is about 42 miles (68 km) long from its source in British Columbia to its mouth at the Chilkat River,[2] of which it is the largest tributary. The Klehini River is renowned for its salmon runs, its biannual congregation of bald eagles—the second largest in the Haines area after the Chilkat River's Council Grounds—and for the Klehini Falls, a series of four cataracts near the river’s headwaters. The Klehini also delineates the northern boundary of the Chilkat Range.

The lower Klehini is located within the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Walt Disney's 1991 rendition of White Fang was filmed along the Klehini River.

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  1. ^ a b "Klehini River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Orth, Donald J.; United States Geological Survey (1971) [1967]. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names: Geological Survey Professional Paper 567 (PDF). United States Government Printing Office. p. 530. Retrieved January 1, 2014.