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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, Anchorage

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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. Put Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Anchorage itinerary planner.
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  • We live on the hill above Potter Marsh, so we see it frequently. There's a very nice boardwalk for bird and salmon watching. There's also a couple of pullouts off of Seward Highway for birdwatching at...  more »
  • We went on 5/31 and the entire wildlife/waterfowl consisted of one duck. The only good thing is that it's right off the highway from Denali down to Anchorage, so we didn't go far out of our way.  more »
  • The boardwalks here are a beautiful walk through the marsh. We saw geese with their babies, a bald eagle , a moose mama, a lot of different birds and ducks, and the beautiful area that it is in.  more »
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  • 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
  • Have been here many times; you never know what you're going to see but it's always beautiful.
  • 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.
  • Great views. Nice place to sit and relax.
  • Love the scenery while walking up and down the boardwalk. It's a great place for fresh air and bird spotting.