Rainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and Totems
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 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.
Reviewer: Hilary Arnold
Anthony made this excursion wonderfully memorable! The bear and eagles helped. Anthony was very knowledgeable and kept us all interested. I would recommend this to anyone interested in our Earth and the ways it amazes us all. Great photo ops and incredible sites. Not for those who can’t walk a few blocks.
I read a brilliant review on this tour before booking it and I fully agree. Sarah, our guide, was exceptional! She didn’t rush us and explained the eco system of the rainforest with patience. Even though it rained, it didn’t detract from our visit in the rainforest. It was almost a necessity! The trees are magnificent and her stories were entertaining. We had plenty of time to explore the lumber museum, the visitors’ centre and the Totem Park after the nature trail. The raptors were fascinating and we also saw Bald Eagles all around. I took hundreds of photos. There were complimentary salmon and crackers and a drink after the tour - a special gesture! I recommend this excursion - our very best one during our cruise.
Reviewer: Kevin Sprong
Outstanding excursion. The rain forest is definitely the best part of the excursion. The guide was excellent - funny, informative, interesting and attentive without being intrusive.
Best experience. Must do excursion! Terrific guide.
Reviewer: Ed Waltrip
We had a great walking tour through the Rain Forest. Our guide "Red", was fun and very knowledgable, we were entertained and learned a-lot. The Totems were interesting. We got some great up close pictures of Bald Eagles.