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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

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Address: 154th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99587
Phone Number: 907-345-5014
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Popular locale for viewing waterfowl and salmon.

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Good place to view wildlife just outside Anchorage

Some people heading north to Anchorage find parking along pullouts along the highway. There is a parking lot north of the marsh. Walking is on a boardwalk where you can view... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Oakland, California

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Oakland, California
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some people heading north to Anchorage find parking along pullouts along the highway. There is a parking lot north of the marsh. Walking is on a boardwalk where you can view wildlife below and birds above. We saw 2 young moose eating and walking in the water along the boardwalk. Best moose sighting for us in the 2 weeks we... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the board walk out to view ducks and look down on spawning streams. Potter Marsh has some of the best birding areas in the country. I've seen many migratory species here. Eagles are often visible along the edges (bring binoculars or a long camera lens). The marsh was created when the Alaska railroad blocked off some marshy areas, in... More 

Thank ABrue
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is right on the highway. I've been on the boardwalk a few times, but the traffic disrupts the peaceful scene. Occasionally see moose out in the marsh. I only live a couple miles from here, so I go running at Potter trailhead very frequently. In the summer, many arctic tern nest in the sanctuary. In autumn, many snow geese... More 

Thank Hiking-Guy-HI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to view numerous migrating bird species. It doesn't cost anything which is refreshing to see. No glitter or glamour just quiet place to walk the boardwalks and view a natural habitat from above. During Spring there are several nesting birds with young. At the very end of the boardwalk you can view a Eagles Nest in the treeline.... More 

Thank Bo L
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is an amazing marsh, on the way driving out of town. It is a great quick stop with amazing wildlife. Worth the trip.

Thank lianelau
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Go early in the morning if you want to catch birds in action. There are other fellow birders on the trail that'll help you identify birds if you have any questions.

Thank Chewy B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

this is one of the best places almost in the vicinity of anchorage. excellent design of the bridges and paths over the marsh, binoculars on every wooden terrace give you the best view towards the marsh and its flora and fauna, the green hills above and the blue ocean to the right. the railroad is a few yards away.

Thank V_TarnovoMagic
Anchorage, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

My family and I visit Potter's Marsh a couple of times during the summer. We like walking on the boardwalk from one end to the other. Our last visit was in August. It was fun to watch the salmon. They were bright red! We saw different kinds of ducks, eider and mallards. There were other birds I'm not familiar with.

Thank Paula M
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

A great stop for any serious photographer during summer and the migration seasons. Lots of aquatic fowl and lots of great photo ops.

Thank Data-Plumber
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

You cannot go wrong visiting Potter Marsh. We just visited this past week and although we did not see any wildlife, there were amazing views to take photos of.

Thank NDillon85

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