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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

154th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99587
907-345-5014
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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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Barrington, Illinois
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304 reviews 304 reviews
76 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Interesting marsh that came about due to an accident. Lots of varieties of birds. Situated right next to the Seward highway so it's a bit odd but a very nice place to just watch the marsh

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Large boardwalk spands the north side of this bird sanctuary to offer you views of the bird and marsh wildlife. It did smell a little bit when we were there because quite a bit of salmon end up food for the many sea gulls at the end of their life here.

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Larkspur, Colorado
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113 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had to stop by Potter Marsh for a minimum of a pit stop on our way back to Anchorage from Whittier. Like a scuba dive, you never know what wildlife you will encounter here, so it is worth multiple visits at different times of the day. Our light on the streams that head out to Cook Inlet were gorgeous... More

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Northeast Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our group checked this out in the very late evening and had plenty of opportunity to see eagles and gulls. We also watched salmon in the shallow waters and we saw a moose cow in the distance. We expected the mosquitos to be pretty bad but they weren't really much of a problem in most areas.

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Melbourne, Florida, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Beautiful spot right outside of Anchorage-- very easy to drive to-- lots of parking and a great raised deck to walk all around the sanctuary--- also provide free binoculars to view the surrounding area-- look for eagles in the trees...we saw salmon swimming upstream-- have to look closely-- they are white, all kinds of birds, and enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere..

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Franklin, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It has an extensive raised deck platform to walk and watch and take pictures. Clean with restrooms and ample parking. The marsh provides numerous birds, ducks, and fish (including salmon) to watch, photograph and learn about at a self paced, self guided walk and is free.

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Madison, WI
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16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Lots of nesting terns and gulls in July. Gone by August. Nice boardwalk. Easy to access. Take your time and you will find short-billed dowitchers, blue winged teal, sandpipers, swallows and warblers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went to the elevated walkways on the north side of the sanctuary. It appeared that the birds were more active and in larger numbers to the south, so maybe the viewing area to the south is better. We saw a few birds and see salmon swimming up the streams. Unfortunately no real wildlife as we were close to homes... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Not only was the boardwalk beautiful and very cool place, but the salmon were running and spawning so this was a reat place to see lots of salmon going upstream and the birds trying to get in on the action. We saw lots of families with young kids out there.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I went to early in the day to see much its a beautiful boardwalk but oddly placed near a gun range going off all the time?

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