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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
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
2 Hours 45 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
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.
Restrictions
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 81 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsRainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and TotemsJuly 15, 2019

Reviewer: Rebecca Lai
The trail hike was very good despite the rain. The tour guide was really nice and informative. We enjoyed it.

4 StarsRainforest SanctuaryJuly 06, 2019

Reviewer: Silvia Steinhardt
Enjoyed the small group. We saw a black bear in the distance, and several bald eagles. The guide really gave us specifics on the various plants of the region.

5 StarsRainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center Totems reviewJune 28, 2019

Reviewer: Diana Forster
Enjoyed this tour very much. The totems were beautiful and very interesting. The guide in the rainforest was excellent. We enjoyed learning about the trees and plants in the rainforest. We would really recommend this tour.

5 StarsRainforestJune 20, 2019

Reviewer: Ellen Zurich
What a fabulous excursion. The guide was so knowledgeable and interesting. We saw about a dozen bald eagles and tiny baby salmon as well as other birds. The raptor center is such a good way of healing injured animals. Definitely recommend this tour. Absolutely fabulous.

5 StarsRainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and TotemsJune 20, 2019

Reviewer: chandradas
enjoyed very much, tour guide was very good and she talked about the plants and animals in detailand made the whole tour very interesting. Recommend every one to take this excursion.

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