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


4.10 out of 5 based on 20 customer ratings
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Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center

Sku: TT63

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Mon - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 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 4.10 out of 5 stars
20 reviews

20 reviews for Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eagles in abundance!If you want to see eagles in their natural state, this is the place to do it. After a lovely walk through the rainforest with a very informative guide, I was half expecting caged birds or just a glimpse in the distance but they were everywhere and perfectly wild. It was splendid.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Excellent tourA nice easy tour to do and seeing the Eagles soar around the estuary was brilliant.
    Thanks to all the staff.

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Wonderful tour!We had a great time in the rainforest! Didn't see any bears (it was hot so they were sleeping) but saw tons of "sign"! They are there. Lots of Eagles both in the wild and the raptor center. The forest walk was beautiful and Jodi, our guide, was very knowledgeable and really funny. The totem carver was interesting as well.

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  4. 3 out of 5

    Pleasant excursion.Billy was an excellent guide. He had great information about the flora and fauna in the rainforest, which was enjoyable to walk through. He has a good sense of humor and tremendous knowledge. We did see eagles at the raptor center, but other than the captive one, they were not very close. We did get to see a bear reasonably close as it ran through the grasses at the sanctuary. We wished we could have had more time at the outdoor totems - only got to snap a quick photo or two. There should have been a brief demonstration of the carving of a totem. We got only a story about the one lying inside, but no information about the tools that are used or how the carving is done, though the tools were displayed. Less time should be spent in rainforest and more at raptor center/totem area.

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Not Enough Time!I enjoyed the walk through the rainforest. We learned a lot and it was neat to see the bald eagles and the salmon swimming upstream. They do not give you enough time at the totem carver or the Alaska Raptor Center and the gift shop for that matter. Of course, we are only in port for a very short time so it's tough ... I did enjoy the tour though. These three tours we did with Alaska Shore Tours on this cruise were really neat because we learned so much on each one! Didn't see any bear and I think that would have been neat! I loved the story of the new totem pole...

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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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