Tsirku River

The Tsirku River is a glacier-fed stream in Southeast Alaska near the town of Haines in the U.S. state of Alaska. The river's source is found at the Tsirku Glacier, a large, sprawling ice mass at the border of Alaska and the Canadian province of British Columbia. The river ends in a 4-mile (6 km) wide delta near the Tlingit village of Klukwan. While many of the feeding glaciers are primarily in British Columbia, the river course lies entirely in Alaska.

Tsirku River
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Tsirku River west of the mouth
Tsirku River is located in Alaska
Tsirku River
Location of the mouth of the Tsirku River in Alaska
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
SourceTsirku Glacier
 • locationnorth slope of Takhinsha Mountains
 • coordinates59°17′50″N 136°24′55″W / 59.29722°N 136.41528°W / 59.29722; -136.41528[1]
 • elevation1,460 ft (450 m)[2]
MouthChilkat River
 • location
Klukwan, 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Skagway, St. Elias Mountains
 • coordinates
59°23′26″N 135°52′12″W / 59.39056°N 135.87000°W / 59.39056; -135.87000Coordinates: 59°23′26″N 135°52′12″W / 59.39056°N 135.87000°W / 59.39056; -135.87000[1]
 • elevation
56 ft (17 m)[1]
Length25 mi (40 km)[3]

After the Klehini River, the Tsirku River is the second largest tributary of the Chilkat River.

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  1. ^ a b c "Tsirku River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  3. ^ Orth, Donald J.; United States Geological Survey (1971) [1967]. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names: Geological Survey Professional Paper 567 (PDF). United States Government Printing Office. p. 988. Retrieved January 1, 2014.