A protected wetland, this no-fee 2,300-acre viewing area is just south of the city and has a long, raised boardwalk from ... More
Potter's Marsh Bird Sanctuary
A protected wetland, this no-fee 2,300-acre viewing area is just south of the city and has a long, raised boardwalk from which you may access the wetland without disturbing the birds. Some of the varieties seen from this viewing platform are the Pacific Loon, American Wigeon, Canada Goose, Greater Scaup, Canvasback, Goldeneye Species, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Short-Billed Dowitchers, Wandering Tattler and many more. A spotting scope and volunteer bird enthusiast are typically available during park hours. Note: no dogs allowed. Another location for birders is near the airport at Lake Spenard .
Take the Old Highway for a very scenic drive out to the Marsh. I enjoyed the ride as much as I enjoyed the destination.
The marsh is definitely a beautiful example of the marshland all around the Anchorage area. Lots of birds and plantlife to check out.
Potter's Marsh is immediately adjacent to the Alaska Highway, so expect the roar of Semi's, RVs, and even the Alaska Railway.
But that does not faze the birds. If you are a birder, you'll get some good ones to check off your list: Arctic Tern, Bald Eagle, and scores of shorebirds inhabit this expansive marsh.
Boardwalks make it for easy viewing
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