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


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Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center


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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.

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4 reviews for Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center

  1. 5 out of 5

    The ashore highlight of our cruiseWe can't praise Sarah our Guide and Christy our driver enough. Their sparkling personalities and knowledge added to what is a fabulous tour'

    We saw a Black Bear in the wild, a family of River Otters, Many Bald Eagles and a Blue Heron who was stalking a Salmon that the otters caught.

    The beauty of the rain forest, the sawmill, the totem pole carving and meeting Sitka the Bald Eagle from the Alaskan Raptor will be part of our memories as well

    We highly recommend this tour

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Our guide was very knowledgeable about the fauna and the bears. I learn't a lot about them that I had not known. The raptors were so amazing. I would love to go back again.

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Rainforest and wildlife sancturyThe sanctuary walk was interesting and the guide knew his stuff especially when describing the flora and fauna. We felt more could have been made of the Raptor centre and explaining the stories depicted on the totem poles.
    On highlight was seeing bears fishing for salmon.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Wildlife SantuaryOur guide was really really good! He was knowledgeable and pointed many things out. Saw Eagles, Salmon, and even a Bear! I booked this independent of the cruise line and it was well worth my time and money!

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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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