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Anchorage Coastal — Wildlife Refuge
Visitor Information

Public Use and Access

Thousands of people stop to view wildlife at Potter Marsh each year. It is easily Anchorage's most popular wildlife haven. Parking areas, an elevated boardwalk, and interpretive signs along the New Seward Highway provide wildlife enthsiasts with an excellent vantage point for viewing and photography. However, when near the highway viewers must always take extreme care with traffic travelling at high speeds.

Feeding wildlife is prohibited. To protect wildlife from disturbance during summer months, visitors to Potter Marsh are restricted to boardwalks and roadsides. Visitors can observe adult chinook, coho and pink salmon returning to Rabbit Creek to spawn. Juvenile fish are often seen in the marsh below the boardwalk

Just west of the New Seward Highway, the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range offers a safe place to learn firearm safety, sight-in rifles, and practice target shooting year-round.

In the fall, waterfowl hunters use the flats, with access through Johns and Oceanview municipal parks. To ensure wildlife viewing opportunities and public safety, portions of the refuge, including Potter Marsh, are closed to hunting. Safety precautions on the tideflats are also essential. Incoming tides are high and move faster than a person can run. An unwary adventurer may get stuck in the sticky mud of Turnagain Arm.

Winter freeze-up often brings a wind-blown ice surface to Potter Marsh that is enjoyed by ice skaters and model airplane enthusiasts.

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