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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

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154th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99587
+1 907-345-5014
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Popular locale for viewing waterfowl and salmon.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“seward highway” (53 reviews)
“salmon” (83 reviews)
“nice boardwalk” (23 reviews)
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154th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99587
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+1 907-345-5014
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"seward highway"
in 53 reviews
"salmon"
in 83 reviews
"nice boardwalk"
in 23 reviews
"board walk"
in 17 reviews
"long boardwalk"
in 12 reviews
"arctic terns"
in 11 reviews
"elevated boardwalk"
in 8 reviews
"shooting range"
in 6 reviews
"spring and fall"
in 6 reviews
"bald eagles"
in 25 reviews
"trumpeter swans"
in 9 reviews
"interpretive signs"
in 8 reviews
"stretch your legs"
in 6 reviews
"great stop"
in 11 reviews
"nice place to visit"
in 6 reviews
"turnagain arm"
in 19 reviews
"wildlife viewing"
in 8 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There were very few birds along the boardwalk to see. Most of them were down further where there was no boardwalk, along with moose we actually saw on the drive to the park. The coolest thing we saw were some spawning, jumping salmon, otherwise it...More

Thank Gina C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Just about fifteen minutes outside of Anchorage is the boardwalk area over a wildlife sanctuary. Eagles overhead, moose lurking in the trees around you, steps from civilization yet miles from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kudos to those who built the meandering wooden...More

Thank Ken A
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fabulous place to visit. Kids have special items to see with special viewing platforms. Saw all 4 kinds of salmon, less than 15 feet away. Canadian geese with their babies. Eagles were nesting in mid-morning

Thank Ronnie T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location with elevated walkways and interesting information kiosks. Easy parking with fast access to see the area allowed us to take photos quickly.

Thank RickB_SJC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great stop south of Anchorage proper, about 30 minutes from the airport. There's a decent sized parking area with restrooms as well as addition paved pull offs from the highway south to Girdwood. Stopped at the pull off as well as parked...More

Thank luv2ride
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for a few minutes at the sanctuary and wound up staying there for about an hour. Plenty of parking, restrooms, and a boardwalk system to get you out into the marsh. Mainly saw ducks, eagles, and hawks. We did get to see a...More

Thank John C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am sure this would be a lovely visit on a better day. It was windy and chilly and not much wildlife was out and about. The site has very nice boardwalks for visitors with telescopes for viewing and benches for resting. Would love to...More

Thank tiredteacher2
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as many variety of birds as we expected, but we also saw moose. The first visit was great weather, the docent was well versed in what we might see. The second visit was in bad weather, so we parked on the parking lot off...More

Thank Brian J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a lot of wildlife. Saw many ducks, geese and birds but highlight was seeing the mother moose with her calf grazing in the marsh.

Thank Mary L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only 20 miles out of Anchorage. An “accidental” habitat that resulted from an embankment built for the railroad cutting off salt water almost completely and transformed to a fresh water habitat due to numerous creeks passing through. Uncomplicated and succinct information boards at intervals along...More

1  Thank Christine G
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richsprt
February 4, 2018|
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Response from Kurt E | Reviewed this property |
The best time to visit is late May and June for birding, but there are plenty of interesting birds to see in July. The bald eagles are usually in their nest feeding their fledglings. This is one of the best birding sites... More
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Elizabeth A
January 27, 2018|
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Response from Mary136 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We visited Potters Marsh on a bus tour of Alaska. It was a free big parking lot with boardwalk along the marsh, filled with birds and water wildlife. It was totally free, a nice opportunity to take a walk and observe the... More
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