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Rainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and Totems
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: 39 Write a review.

Best of all of the excursions November 28, 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
Our guides were pretty spunky and tried very hard to impress us with their knowledge.  Everything promised to see, we saw.  plant life of various forms, Eagles, and a bear.  Even stepped in some bear poop.  

My one and only criticism is that we were told to hang out in the store, etc, which we did, and later found the other folks who came with us from the meeting place at the docks, were no longer there we asked how long we should plan to wait for the tour to take place.  They had no idea we were even still there.  We found that to be a little irritating.  They had to hold everyone else up because of it...  
Like I said, though, it was a pretty decent trip. I'd do it again just for the heck of it.

Rainforest, nature and totems November 28, 2016
Reviewer: Richard Hoback  
Picked up in front of our ship and transported to Rainforest where very enthusiastic naturalist walked us through easy trails, showing us signs of bears and ended up at a river to observe salmon spawning and eagles feasting on fish. An abandoned sawmill housed the Raptor for injured birds and Tlingit Indian carving totem.

Rainforest Sacntuary Raptor Center November 28, 2016
Reviewer: Kathie  
One of our highlights of trip!
Didn't see as many eagles as I thought we would at the center...only one, but we more than made up for that in BEARS!  We observed bears close by eating berries, than walking across a path twice almost right in front of us, then observing cubs playing right
by a boardwalk by the meadow....our tour guide and the day at the rainforest were outstanding!  Once again our tour group was very small and personal.  Highly recommend!!!!

Rainforest in alaska ? November 28, 2016
Reviewer: Jim C  
Our guide was very informative. Saw many
eagles but no bear. Would tell anyone to try
this trip and say hello to Voltar the eagle.

walk in the forest November 8, 2016
Reviewer: d hardie  
Great trip and the guide was superb. She was bubbly, excited about the fauna and flora and certainly entertaining. The day was perfect; sun warm and DRY. There is still time following this tour to take in another tour of the community.

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