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Rainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and Totems

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Discover Alaska's Rainforest Sanctuary, Ketchikan Raptors, and Totems

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 excursion 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 throughout this Ketchikan tour 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 Ketchikan 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's Ketchikan exhibit where a raptor specialist will explain the heritage and habitat of America'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
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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 downward slopes. There are no steps on the hike.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 99 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsGoodOctober 24, 2019

Reviewer: John testa
Very well done

5 StarsAmazing October 19, 2019

Reviewer: Kim Wick
It was amazing and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. My husband goes camping with The Boy Scouts and never saw a black bear, but we did on our excursion.

5 StarsFascinating, educationalOctober 04, 2019

Reviewer: Jeri
Great tour, even in bone-chilling rain. Now I know what a temperate rainforest is! Wildlife seen included bears, harbor seals, river otters and more.

4 Starsrain forest sanctuaryOctober 02, 2019

Reviewer: ian thickins
last year took this excursion saw bears and eagles but this year none but the guide Jim was excellent lots of info and jokes it was nice to feed the caribou

5 StarsGreat walkOctober 02, 2019

Reviewer: Tom & Susan McAndrew
Even though our guide Angie said that it was her first year as a guide, she was terrific! Enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I don't think there was any question that she didn't know the answer to. We really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely recommend this tour.

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