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Skagway Wildlife Viewing
Downtown Skagway

photo of Downtown Skagway area wildlife Look for wildlife at the fringes of historic Downtown Skagway. Chinook (king) and pink salmon spawn in Pullen Creek and Pond in July and August. Listen and look for American dippers along the creek year-round. The Broadway Dock sits at the mouth of Pullen Creek and is a good place to see salmon pooling before they venture up the creek to spawn. Look for harbor seals, river otters, mink, marbled murrelets and pigeon guillemots from the ferry dock or the small boat harbor. Walk the shoreline from the harbor back toward town for additional viewing chances. Keep an eye out for rufous hummingbirds, northern goshawks, Townsend’s warblers, kingfishers and other species throughout the summer. Winter birds include brown creepers and golden-crowned kinglets.

Species

  • Accipiters
  • American Dipper
  • Chinook (King) Salmon
  • Harbor Seal
  • Kingfisher
  • Marbled Murrelet
  • Mink
  • Pigeon Guillemot
  • Pink (Humpy) Salmon
  • River Otter

Hints

Look for wildlife in the early morning and late evening hours, when there is less human activity.

Facilities

  • Interpretive Signs
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Within Walking Distance

Notes

The wildlife viewing spots in downtown Skagway are all within easy walking distance from each other. There is a small parking lot at the small boat 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
  • Best Month August
  • Best Month September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Directions

Follow Second Avenue east to reach Pullen creek and pond. The small boat harbor is found along Congress Way at the southeast corner of town.

Contact

Skagway Convention and Visitor's Bureau - (907) 983-2854 or http://www.skagway.com

Additional Information

Wings Over Alaska - statewide birding program http://www.birding.alaska.gov/