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Skagway River

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Skagway River

The Skagway River is a river in British Columbia, Canada and the state of Alaska, United States, flowing southwest across the international boundary at just southeast of the White Pass.[1] Flowing slightly northwest after crossing the boundary,[2] it turns south-southwest to meet the sea at the head of Taiya Inlet.[3] There is a vehicle bridge over the river at the north end of Skagway as well as two pedestrian bridges, one next to the vehicle bridge and one at the mouth of the river near the airport. The river is not navigable by raft or canoe or kayak because of the supports under the vehicle bridge and the shallow swift flowing water. In addition, there is a great quantity of scrap metal debris which has been dumped into the river over the past century. When some people have tried to raft the mile to the ocean, their rafts have been destroyed under the bridge by the accumulation of tree branches and vegetation that is choked there.


  1. ^ BC Names/GeoBC entry "Skagway River"
  2. ^ map on BC Names/GeoBC entry "Skagway River"
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Skagway River

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