2 ¾ Hours Duration
From pick-up to drop-off
Eagles, owls, reindeer, and more!
Optional Walking Tour
With expert naturalist guide
Pick-up and drop-off at cruise docks
Wildlife viewing, impressive totem carving, a fascinating tour of a historic sawmill, and the chance to get up close to a bald eagle are just some of the highlights of the Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center Tour, one of the best Ketchikan Alaska excursions for keen bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Located just eight miles from Ketchikan along a scenic coastal drive, the 40-acre Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary is a private reserve home to abundant bird and animal life, much of which is attracted by the major salmon runs in Eagle Creek. Depending on the day and season, you may spot black bears, seals, deer, minks, and martens, as well as a variety of birdlife. Take a guided walk accompanied by a naturalist through dense forest and along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands, visit the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, get close to a bald eagle at the Alaska Raptor Center, and marvel at the skill of a master native totem carver as he transforms a log of red cedar into a remarkable work of art: a favorite among Ketchikan Alaska excursions, the Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center Tour has it all!
As with our other Ketchikan Alaska excursions, all transportation is provided, with convenient pick-up close to the cruise docks in downtown Ketchikan. From here you’ll enjoy a scenic eight-mile coastal drive (with informative narration!) to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Eagle Center at picturesque Herring Cove. The tour runs for 2 ¾ hours, including transfers, so you’ll have plenty of time here to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, listen to the birdsong, and soak up your guide’s knowledge of local flora and fauna, history, and Native culture. Finish up your visit with complimentary refreshments and snacks, including Alaskan smoked salmon, at the center’s general store, before heading back to Ketchikan with time left in the day to explore this charming Alaskan town and the historic Creek Street district. If you’re amazed by Alaskan animals, the Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center adventure could be the tour for you!