Tsirku River

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Tsirku River
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Tsirku River west of the mouth
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Haines
Source Tsirku Glacier
 - location north slope of Takhinsha Mountains
 - elevation 1,460 ft (445 m) [1]
 - coordinates 59°17′50″N136°24′55″W / 59.29722°N 136.41528°W / 59.29722; -136.41528   [2]
Mouth Chilkat River
 - location Klukwan, 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Skagway, St. Elias Mountains
 - elevation 56 ft (17 m) [2]
 - coordinates 59°23′26″N135°52′12″W / 59.39056°N 135.87000°W / 59.39056; -135.87000 Coordinates: 59°23′26″N135°52′12″W / 59.39056°N 135.87000°W / 59.39056; -135.87000   [2]
Length 25 mi (40 km) [3]
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Location of the mouth of the Tsirku River in Alaska

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.

Haines, Alaska Census-designated place in Alaska, United States

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

Klehini River river

The Klehini River is a large, glacially fed stream in the vicinity of Haines in the U.S. state of Alaska.

Chilkat River river

The Chilkat River is a river in British Columbia and southeastern Alaska that flows southward from the Coast Range to the Chilkat Inlet and ultimately Lynn Canal. It is about 80 kilometres (50 mi) long. It begins at Chilkat Glacier, in Alaska, flows west and south in British Columbia for 27 kilometres (17 mi), enters Alaska and continues southwest for another 60 kilometres (37 mi). It reaches the ocean at the abandoned area of Wells, Alaska and deposits into a long delta area.

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The Tsirku Glacier is a large icefield in the Saint Elias Mountains, spanning the border between British Columbia and Alaska, to the south of the Jarvis Glacier. It is the source of the Tsirku River, which flows northwest to become the second-largest tributary of the Chilkat River. GNIS gives its head at 59°17′00″N136°47′00″W and describes it as flowing across the Canada–US border one mile west of the head of the Tsirku River.

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  1. Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. 1 2 3 "Tsirku River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  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.