Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, Anchorage

4.3
#3 of 26 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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  • After I parked, I hiked around the boardwalk to see many birds and a female moose who was way in the distance. This park is off of the northbound Seward Highway and it is nearby ANC.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed spending time here. We even came back again at the end of our day. Saw a baby moose (once laying down, once foraging) and a teen male moose (small antlers) walking through the wa...  more »
  • Easy and short walking path. I went after the birds flew south for the winter but it is still a nice place to visit. Very serene.  more »
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  • We didn't see anything. We didn't have binoculars. If you're lucky might see some birds.
  • Potter's Marsh isn't only a bird sanctuary, it's also a people sanctuary. This is a great place to take visitors or just a nice stop for locals who want to take a break from the highway. In the winter you can often skate here, in the fall look for swans, and in the summer pick some wild sweet gale.
  • Neat place to watch the Salmon and a few birds. Minus one star for the loud traffic, but interesting interpretive signs and beautiful boardwalk. Very family friendly.
  • This place has some wildlife like moose(rarely) , birds and bald eagles. There is trail in which people say you may spot a bear, if you are lucky, but I did not take up the trail. Not a very good spot for wildlife viewing. It has lots of bugs and mosquitoes, as you near the marsh. I gave 4 stars, because we closely got to view a moose with its calf.. Not a must see place!!!
  • A nice short walk on a well maintained elevated path. It is out and back, not a loop. If it looped it would get a higher rating. The path has several bridges over creeks so there is a chance of seeing salmon run if the season is right. Good place to see birds. I saw signs of moose, but no actual moose sightings here for me.
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