Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, Anchorage

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#3 of 19 in Wildlife in Anchorage
Wander the boardwalks at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, home to a large number of waterfowl and migratory critters not far from the city. Located along the Seward Highway, the wetland area wends its way back toward the mountains from the sea. Park in the nearby lot and go for a stroll around the 472 m (1,550 ft) long boardwalk network raised above the sloughs, estuaries, and swamps, and keep your eyes peeled for eagles, gulls, terns, swans, and more as they scour the area for food. As you walk, take time to admire the natural views of the mountains and bay surrounding you as well. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary by using our Anchorage trip builder site .
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  • October 3, 2017
    We visited on September 24, 2017, so many of the birds had already migrated south. But it is a beautiful boardwalk, worth taking a walk on. We did see trumpeter swans, shoveler ducks, and other birds....  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    If you are birder this is a must in Anchorage. We visited 3 times we loved it so much. its clean well marked and has picnic areas and restrooms. Parking is free. The boardwalk is easy to navigate and ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    During a recent visit to Anchorage, we took a tour to Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Unfortunately, the September weather did not cooperate and it was damp, foggy and we did not stay very long. But ther...  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    Very nice bird sanctuary just south of Anchorage. A must-see for birdwatchers, but also for anyone else who loves to watch the beautiful scenery of Alaska
  • June 30, 2017
    Amazing display of nature. We were there during the salmon run season. A huge, 42 inch, King lingering just below one of the walking bridges.
  • July 10, 2017
    Es un lugar hermoso y bien cuidado, siempre buenas opciones de encontrar animales salvajes. Beautiful place well maintained, good chances to see wild life.
  • June 22, 2017
    Spectacular views and wildlife. Close to many other beautiful highway stops.
  • May 26, 2017
    Have been here many times; you never know what you're going to see but it's always beautiful.

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