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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

154th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99587
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Ranked #17 of 102 attractions in Anchorage
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Popular locale for viewing waterfowl and salmon.
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Potter Marsh was our first stop on our recent trip to Anchorage. The raised boardwalk has a lot of informative signs and the views are beautiful. Did not see a lot of birds but the walk was nice. Hard to believe something so peaceful exists by the side of a busy highway.

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Boulder, CO
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Go to the very end of this lovely boardwalk to see the eagle nest and both BALD EAGLES bring food to their chicks! Nice telescopes for viewing, beautiful views. Interesting history of the area.

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Sacramento, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This stop was amazing. The elevated boardwalk pathways went every which way. Birds were everywhere. I saw several schools of sal,on swimming upstream. So many, so big.

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27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A great stop along the Alaska Highway. Beautiful views of Turnagain Arm and the mountains. A variety of birds frequent the marsh. The boardwalk is a great walk for people of all ages.

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San Diego, California
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25 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Potter Marsh has been substantially upgraded since I was there a number of years ago. The boardwalk is extensive, and the parking ample. Watch for unique Alaska birds, both in the water and in the surrounding willows. (I saw a Bald Eagle being mobbed by a flock of Mew Gulls.) And be sure to watch for returning salmon from the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Stopped by here a couple different days and at different times, hoping to see Trumpeter Swans (which we never did). Lots of gulls, some terns, swallows, ducks and one bald eagle. Great boardwalk; good place to stretch your legs. The boardwalk leading to the right is a little uneven in areas, but other than that, very well maintained.

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I'm not even a birder and thoroughly enjoy our visit here. We were able to observe lots of birds and get some great pictures.

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Bangor, Maine
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Small, but worth a stop to stretch your legs. A beautiful boardwalk....short, but incredible views. Very nicely done.

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Canandaigua, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Various travel sources had recommended a stop here on our way down the Seward Highway, but I was still unprepared for how nice it would be. We decided on a second visit on our way BACK to Anchorage after our time in Seward. The boardwalks give access to a lot of areas, the viewing platforms are roomy, there are a... More

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Everett, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very pretty but not too many birds when we were there. Very large and long walkway running through it. I think the number of birds depends on the time of year.

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