Alaska is beautiful. It is full of absolutely stunning scenery, and there are amazing northern wildlife to see at every turn. Potter Marsh, just outside of Anchorage, was no exception to this rule.
Located in the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, the area known as Potter Marsh was first created in 1917. It has a 1,550 foot wooden boardwalk full of twists and turns through the marsh and across the water. Not only does this allow for your best chance at viewing a variety of birds that make this sanctuary their home, but it also gives you a great view of Turnagain Arm on clear days.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t see that many birds. I did see a family of geese, but that was about it.
However, when I visited I did have three children in tow. Did I mention that these children were all under 3? And they weren’t quiet. At all. I loved their energy, running up and down the boardwalk! But it wasn’t all that conducive to bird watching.
If you are quieter than my bird watching party, you might see gulls, terns and even the occasional trumpeter swan. Lots of birds happen past during their migrations in the spring and the fall. It is also possible to see muskrats swimming in the water or moose on the marsh shore.
Rabbit Creek flows underneath the boardwalk about halfway through. It is supposed to be a great place to see spawning salmon. If you want a cool teaching tool to help you learn all five types of Alaskan salmon, try this handy way.
Only fifteen minutes from downtown Anchorage, you can access Potter March from the New Seward Highway. You will find the entrance across from the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range and directly after the Rabbit Creek exit.
Website : Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge