in course, near mouth of Chilkoot River, NW of Chilkoot and 12 mi. SW of Skagway, Coast Mts. 3.6 miles long.
Chilkoot Lake is a large lake located just north of Haines past the ferry terminal. It has a boat launch, docks, a covered area and a campground along its southern end. Chilkoot Lake and Chilkoot River are very popular places to go bear watching in summer. It mostly attracts brown bears.
Named for the Chilkoot tribe of Tlingit Indians, who lived on its shores. It was called "Chilcoot" or "Akha" in the 1883 Coast Pilot (p. 200). Aurel and Arthur Krause (1883, map) called it "Tschilkut S(ee)," meaning "Chilkoot Lake."