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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Raptor Center Cruise Excursion in Ketchikan

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Discover the Rainforest Sancturary & Totems of Ketchikan

A delightful eight-mile coastal drive takes you to the exclusive Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a private reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. This pristine natural environment is home to bald eagles, black bears, seals, a variety of birds, and other species attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary. In addition to wildlife viewing opportunities, this Ketchikan cruise trip enables you to visit the Alaska Raptor Center and observe a master native totem pole carver at work.

You will be greeted by your naturalist and guided along an improved trail through the heart of the dense forest, amongst tall stands of hemlock, spruce and Alaskan cedar. The forest floor is covered with mosses, wild flowers and a variety of berries. Stops will be made at strategically located viewing areas. Your guide will lead you to a protected open estuary, where you follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. Major runs of salmon return to spawn here. Watch and listen to the symphony of bird activity in this spectacular setting. The walk lasts for approximately 60 minutes and covers almost one mile with stops.

During the spawning season (usually late July to early September) bears and seals feed on salmon in Eagle Creek and the likelihood of viewing these fascinating animals is good. Bald eagles and other birds wait for scraps in the estuary. Sitka black tail deer, minks, marten and wolves also frequent the area. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity.

At the conclusion of the trail hike, you will be guided through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company Sawmill. Here you will also observe a master native totem carver at work. Finally, visit the Alaska Raptor Centerメs Ketchikan exhibit where a raptor specialist will explain the heritage and habitat of Americaメs national symbol. Explore the interpretive displays and enjoy complimentary refreshments while browsing in the General Store.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Shore Excursion Duration
2 Hours 45 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket)
Food/Beverage Provided
A light snack and a hot beverage is included.
Recommended Dress
On all tours in Alaska, we recommend wearing layers for the changing weather and temperature, with the top layer being water proof. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The walking portion takes approximately one hour and the total distance covered is approximately one mile. Guests must be able to walk over packed dirt, gravel, pavement and a boardwalk. There are slight inclines and declines. There are no steps on the hike.

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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 29 Write a review.

Good tour October 3, 2016
Reviewer: Bonnie Marcus  
Although our weather wasn't particularly good for walking through a rain forest, we did enjoy this. This is more a nature walk than anything else. The guides were very nice and knowledgeable. The sanctuary and totems were interesting.

Rainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and Totems September 28, 2016
Reviewer: Julie & Chuck Wolfe  
The rainforest was beautiful we saw where bears have been but did not see any bears. We saw plenty of salmon & also saw a harbor seal chasing the salmon. It wasvery interesting watching the local artists carving a totem pole and be able to talk with them.

rain forest August 18, 2016
Reviewer: tony lopresti  
good wild life exposure

Wonderful August 18, 2016
Reviewer: Laureen Schneeberger  
Our tour guide was very nice & informative, forget his name but he looked like a "Ginger version" of Jake Gyllenhaal.  We saw several bald eagles & a friendly resident kitty, scenery was beautiful.  Totems were awesome, my favorite part was seeing the reindeer!!!

Great trip June 7, 2016
Reviewer: Mark O.  
Guide we had was so exciting and thrilled to show us what she was so happy and proud of her rain Forrest. She made the trip worth it.

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