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Wildlife

Ketchikan offers ample opportunities to view the fascinating wild and marine life populating the forests and seas of the Inside Passage. Bald eagles and ravens can be spotted by looking for them perched everywhere from tree tops to church steeples. Flightseeing and day boat excursions increase the chances of spotting migratory whales and birds, deer, bear and marine life such as sea lions. The annual Rufous Hummingbird celebration in April welcomes the start of spring migration with a three-day lineup of speakers, bird walks and other birding activities. Salmon return by the thousands to area streams and creeks to spawn and are commonly seen leaping completely out of the water. More remote streams are also likely spots for viewing bears and eagles, as returning salmon are the major food source during summer months.

map of Inside Passage highlighting Ketchikan

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The Southeast Alaska Tourism Council is a cooperative marketing organization whose members represent the convention and visitors bureaus of Alaska’s Inside Passage.