John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, called the Stikine River “a Yosemite 100 miles long.”
Rising deep in British Columbia and skirting the edge of the Stikine Icefields, the river is fed by dozens of glaciers. The Stikine is also one of the most important flyways anywhere; as many as a quarter-billion birds stop here on their migration.
During the great gold rush of 1898, the Stikine was site of a different migration, as stampeders used the river as a route to the goldfields.
These days the river sees only recreational visitors paddling or on jet boats. It is a part of the Stikine Le Conte wilderness Area. Locals call it their back yard. Natives call it the Great River and we call it spectacular.