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The Herbert and Eagle Rivers meet below Glacier Highway, 28 miles north of Juneau. It is an astoundingly productive and beautiful confluence.

LiDAR topography at mouth of Asx'ee, twisted tree (Eagle River). Colored for elevation. Upper edge of bright green is limit of high tide at peak of Little Ice Age.

LiDAR topography at mouth of Asx’ee, twisted tree (Eagle River). Colored for elevation. Upper edge of bright green is limit of high tide at peak of Little Ice Age.

 

On a rare clear day in late October, 2015, with my 3DR Solo quadcopter, I ‘flew’ the flats just west of their confluence.  Toward the end of this 1-minute video, you’ll see an anomalous-looking mowed-grass mound that also clearly shows on the preceding bare-earth map—remnant from the days when it was okay to mine gravel from the banks of our finest salmon streams. Bob Armstrong says at salmon time many bears fish here, apparently mostly at night. They also dig for roots—of which species we haven’t determined.

EagleRiver-bear-flats from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

herbert-eagle-confluence from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

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