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Rainforest Sanctuary, Raptor Center and Totems
Ketchikan | USA |
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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 bear, 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 tour enables you to visit the Alaska Raptor Center and to 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 Alaska 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 last 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, mink, marten and wolf also frequent the area. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity. If you like nature, you will love this tour.

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 Centerís Ketchikan exhibit where a raptor specialist will explain the heritage and habitat of Americaís national symbol. Explore the interpretive displays and enjoy complimentary refreshments while browsing in the General Store.

Please note: Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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Tour Duration
2 Hours 45 Minutes
Tour Departs From
The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket)
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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.

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LNAUSKT408ACASNCTOT-EC Rainforest Sanctuary, Raptor Center and Totems-Children (Ages 2 to 12)
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$ 105.00
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