The Stikine-LeConte Wilderness, designated in 1980 by The United States Congress, totals nearly 450,000 acres. The entire wilderness is situated within the borders of Alaska and is managed by the Forest Service. One of the chief features of this region is the Stikine River, which course through the southern section of the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness. The adjoining craggy, steep mountains contain numerous glaciers. Water melting from the glaciers has a high sediment content that gives the Stikine River a milky appearance. Two warm and one hot springs are located along the river. Stikine has been main route through the area for centuries beginning with native Alaskans and later for fur traders and miners. The river today serves as a transportation route between the United States and Canada. Hunting and Fishing outfitters commonly use the river. Moose, brown bear, black bear, deer and wolves are commonly spotted in the area. Up to 2000 eagles congregate in the mouth of the river, following a run of smelt.
Most of the river traffic consists of high speed jet boats carrying sightseeing tourists and small boats enthusiasts. Commercial fisheries transport fish for processing and sale at local markets. Along the river channel are twelve public use cabins and sixteen special-use permitted cabins.
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