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: Edwin McGough
Good tour guide and interesting tour. I could recommend this tour.
Outstanding guide and tour!
Reviewer: Linda-Steve Walsh
We enjoyed the hike through the rain forest. Didn't see any bears, unfortunately, but that's how it is.
Reviewer: Reid Heitkamp
Our young guide was very enthusiastic about wildlife and the forest. She taught us a lot about a trees life. We saw many eagles and saw an old saw mill and totem pole carving. Ask the carver about his "Bill Gates" experience. Good shore choice!
The guide picked us up at the dock & drove the short distance to the site. Along the way we were told about the sights. At the Sanctuary our guide gave us a very informative walk through the woods. We went to the river/hatchery. The juvenile eagles were out. They swooped over our heads. There’s a new area to showcase the resident raptors. We learned a lot about them & the area. Great tour.