Wildlife Sanctuary & Eagle Center

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    Great Blue Herons are but one of the stunning critters that make a home of the wildlife sanctuary
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    The Alaska Raptor Center is home to a number of these elegant Alaskan predators!
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    See the impressive work of a master totem carver!
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    With the Wildlife Sanctuary and Eagle Center experience, you’ll catch sight of the local wildlife, AND eagles!
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    With this lovely outing, you’ll see scenic Eagle Creek, whose salmon runs attract numerous Alaskan species to the area!
If wildlife viewing is on your Alaska bucket list, this budget-friendly Ketchikan shore excursion provides great opportunities for seeing and photographing bald eagles, raptors, and more native wildlife! The Alaska Wildlife Sanctuary is a 40-acre private reserve and is home to all varieties of Alaskan wildlife that are attracted to the rich salmon spawning zones of nearby Eagle Creek. A naturalist guide takes you for a scenic stroll offering information and narration along the way - a photographer's delight!

What to expect and what not to expect with this Ketchikan shore excursion

Transportation is provided for you with a convenient pick-up location right near the cruise docks in downtown Ketchikan. Enjoy a narrated 8-mile drive along the coast before arriving at the Wildlife Sanctuary, bordering the Tongass National Forest at rustic Herring Cove. Your naturalist host will greet you and invite you along for a guided stroll on the improved trail, complete with scenic viewing areas and stopping points, allowing opportunities for viewing eagles and possibly black bears from raised viewing decks. The guides truly make this tour what it is, sharing their knowledge of both the local wildlife and plant life that make up this diverse landscape. Follow the boardwalk along Eagle Creek to view the grassy wetlands characterized by endless varieties of birds which can be seen and heard along the way.

  • Great budget-friendly option for wildlife viewing
  • Sanctuary for rehabilitated eagles and other birds of prey
  • Just under 3 hours duration
  • Round trip transportation included

After completing the loop through stands of towering spruce, cedar, and western hemlock trees, spend some time exploring a historic sawmill, a trademark of Alaska's early pioneer days. Nearby, you can watch a master totem carver at work and stand witness as a massive cedar is slowly transformed into a work of art. Several totems on site make for great photographs and shed some light on the native culture and communities of this area. Snacks and beverages will be available to round-off the experience before the return transportation back to the cruise docks. This tour pairs well with other Ketchikan activities!

For a longer tour at this location that focuses on viewing bears, take a look at the Black Bear Wildlife Exploration. Or, to include an exciting raptor flight presentation, the Eagles, Raptors, & Rainforest Experience is the tour for you. Interested in more wildlife adventures along the Inside Passage? Check out the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Tour in Juneau & the Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing in Skagway!

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.


  • Restrictions: This is a family-friendly tour for all ages!
  • Accessibility: The hike is about a half-mile total along an improved, but natural trail.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we will issue a refund. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are non-refundable.
  • What to Wear: Please be sure to wear long pants, layers and closed-toe shoes. It can be cold, warm, sunny, or rainy on the day of your tour, so wearing layers will allow you to adjust as needed. Rain ponchos can be provided if necessary.
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  • Adult Rate: $89
  • Child Rate: $59 (ages 4-12)
  • Infant Rate: Free (ages 3 & under)
  • + 6.5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:What is the best time of year for bear viewing?
Much of the local wildlife including the eagles and bears centers around the salmon run. Typically, July and August are the best times for bear viewing in this area, but they can be spotted throughout the season. Though we can't predict Mother Nature's schedule, it's always a pleasure to see bears when they are out!
Q:What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
We will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, then you will receive a refund.
Q:When should we reserve this tour? Can we book it when we arrive to Ketchikan?
This tour, like many others, does operate with limited capacity so advanced reservations are recommended. Often times, last-minute reservations or day-of arrivals cannot be accommodated, so we always say that it's best to book the tour as soon as you have an idea that this is the one for you.
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