Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Sanctuary with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center


4.25 out of 5 based on 28 customer ratings
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Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center

Sku: TT63

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Mon - Sun 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 bird life. 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 at the Sanctuary 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 Sanctuary’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!


Animal lover? If you’re also heading to Skagway, you should check out the Sled Dog and Musher’s Camp Adventure!

3 Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Wildlife Opportunities

Bear, seal, and eagle sightings common

Optional Walking Tour

With expert naturalist guide

Transportation Included

Pick-up and drop-off at cruise docks




Family-friendly, Wildlife Viewing


3 hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

$59.00 (12 & Under)

Minimum Age

There is no minimum age to participate on this tour.


The hike is about a half-mile total along an improved, but natural trail.

Cancellation Policy

In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour., Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty., Including 'Flex Cancel' allows refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with 'Flex Cancel') are nonrefundable.

Customers' review

Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars
28 reviews

28 reviews for Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful ExperienceWe went on this tour on August 19, 2018. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We saw eagles including a baby and a bear.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle CenterThis was fantastic. I have limited mobility, and though bumpy, I was able to take my fold up scooter on all of the trails. We saw bears and eagles. The gift shop was great and the totems were amazing! The tour guide was fantastic!

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Bears & SalmonGreat tour with an excellent & knowledgeable guide. Bears catching salmon was the highlight of our holiday.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    FantasticWell worth a visit, fantastic experience. Would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to see a natural environment for Alaskan rainforests, bears, birds, and salmon. All in their natural habitat. Clara was a great guide. Would highly recommend her and this place as a whole.

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Great experienceBeautiful day in the rainforest. We got to see some bears. The tour guides were amazing and helpful.

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    What is the best time of year for bear viewing?

    Answer: Much of the local wildlife including the eagles and bears centers around the salmon run. Typically, July and August are the best times for bear viewing in this area, but they can be spotted throughout the season. Though we can't predict Mother Nature's schedule, it's always a pleasure to see bears when they are out!

    What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

    Answer: It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.

    When should we reserve this tour? Can we book it when we arrive to Ketchikan?

    Answer: This tour, like many others, does operate with limited spacing so advanced reservations are recommended. Often times, last minute reservations or day-of arrivals cannot be accommodated, so we always say that it's best to book the tour as soon as you have an idea that this is the one for you.

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