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55 ° 55' 1" N,
130 ° 1' 29" W


Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA)

Nearest City



115 ft (35.05 m)

Hyder in Detail.

Getting There

Most people get to Hyder by plane from Ketchikan, or just drive in through Canada.


population 32, at mouth of Salmon River, on W bank of Portland Canal, Coast Mts.

Hyder is a small town literally on the USA-Canadaian border. It sits a couple miles southwest of Stewart, British Columbia and there is no border patrol between the two towns. It is the easternmost town in Alaska. The population of Hyder usually hangs somewhere between 75-100 people.


This mining community, the esternmost village in Alaska, was established in 1907 and named "Portland City" because of its location. When the post office was established in 1915, the U. S. Post Office Dept. rejected this name. The village was named Hyder for Frederick Hyder, a Canadian mining engineer who was brought to Portland City in 1914 to examine some claims. "Among the claims examined by him was the Big Missouri, belonging to Daniel Lindeborg. His report on this was so favorable that Lindeborg later proposed his name * * * for the post office." The population in 1945 was 254, mostly Indians (Colby, 1945, p. 124); in 1962 it was about 30 (Alaska Sportsman, 1962, No. 12, p. 26). According to US@C&GS the town is now practically deserted (1962, p. 28).

Birds Sighted Here

Sorted by Most Common to Least Common Viewings

Canada Goose, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, American Wigeon, Bohemian Waxwing, Green-winged Teal, Semipalmated Plover, Common Gull, Mallard, Snow Goose, Surf Scoter, Bonaparte's Gull, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Violet-green Swallow, Dunlin, Greater White-fronted Goose, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pine Siskin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Pintail, Red-winged Blackbird, Greater Scaup, Barn Swallow, Buff-bellied Pipit, Red Crossbill, Rusty Blackbird, Arctic Tern, Pacific Loon, Northern Flicker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Common Raven, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Common Redpoll, MacGillivray's Warbler, Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Merganser, Ruffed Grouse, Eurasian Collared Dove, Black-bellied Plover, Wilson's Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, Marbled Murrelet, Ring-billed Gull, Red-throated Loon, American Kestrel, Alder Flycatcher, American Crow, Bank Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Cedar Waxwing, White-winged Crossbill, Lincoln's Sparrow, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Cackling Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Harlequin Duck, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, Band-tailed Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Black Swift, Vaux's Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Killdeer, Whimbrel, Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderling, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Wandering Tattler, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pigeon Guillemot, California Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian tern, Common Loon, Yellow-billed Loon, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, Short-eared Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Merlin, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Steller's Jay, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, American Dipper, Common Starling, Townsend's Solitaire, Varied Thrush, Veery, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Pine Grosbeak, House Finch, Chipping sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Bobolink, Bullock's Oriole, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting