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Sitka Wildlife Viewing
Turnaround Park and New Thomsen Harbor

photo of Turnaround Park and New Thomsen Harbor area wildlife Bald eagles congregate at Turnaround Park and New Thomsen Harbor from early May to mid-July. Look for great blue herons feeding at the water’s edge throughout the year, and arctic terns, mink and river otters in the cove at Turnaround Park.


There is also good tidepooling on the tidal flats at the mouth of Turnaround Creek at low tide.


  • Eagles
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Mink
  • River Otter
  • Terns


Look for bald eagles and great blue herons perched on rocks, pilings, and even on boats in the harbor.


  • Public Transportation
  • Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Within Walking Distance


Be aware and respectful of fishermen and boat owners if you explore New Thomsen Harbor.

Plan to spend at least: 1 - 2 hours

Best Months

█ Best Month

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • Best Month May
  • Best Month June
  • Best Month July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December


Turnaround Park is near the instersection of Halibut Point Road and Katlian Street on the northwest outskirts of downtown. New Thomsen Harbor is just south of Turnaround Park.


Sitka Convention and Visitor's Bureau - (907) 747-5940 or