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Sitka Wildlife Viewing
Whale Park

photo of Whale Park area wildlife Scan for the blow of a humpback whale and the splash of a sea lion from the overlooks at Whale Park. Covered viewing shelters, public-use fixed binoculars, interpretive signs and life-sized whale art make this more than an ordinary city park. A hydrophone at the park picks up undersea noise; listen live in the shelter closest to the restrooms, or select from available whale sound recordings. “Whale Radio” – 88.1 on the FM dial – broadcasts the hydrophone so you can tune in from your car or hotel, then drive to the park for a look if you hear something interesting.


  • Harbor Seal
  • Humpback Whale
  • Steller's Sea Lion


Whale Park is an especially good spot to look for humpback whales between September and January.


  • Interpretive Signs
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Upper viewing platforms at Whale Park are wheelchair accessible. There are also viewing platforms down nearer to the water as well.

Plan to spend at least: 2 hours - half day

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Whale Park is four miles east of downtown on Sawmill Creek Road.


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

Additional Information

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