Petersburg Wildlife Viewing
Trumpeter Swan Observatory
The Trumpeter Swan Observatory is located along the waters of Blind Slough. Between mid-October and December, hundreds of trumpeter swans pass through to feed and rest here before resuming their southward migration, and up to 75 swans overwinter here. An enclosed wheelchair-accessible viewing shelter allows wildlife watchers to observe the swans without disrupting them, which is critical during migration and the difficult winter months. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope for optimal viewing. This is also a good summertime birding spot; look for mergansers, mallards, geese, and bald eagles.
The underwater plants in Blind Slough are an important food source for trumpeter swans, which is why they concentrate here during migration.
Swans are easily spotted by their long, graceful necks, but you might also spot swans with their heads submerged as they feed on underwater plants.
- Hiking Trails
- Interpretive Signs
- Wheelchair Accessible
Be sure to stay as quiet and avoid startling or disturbing the swans while at the observatory.
Plan to spend at least: 1 - 4 hours
█ Best Month
- Best Month January
- Best Month February
- Best Month October
- Best Month November
- Best Month December
The Trumpeter Swan Observatory is at mile 16 of the Mitkof Highway.
Petersburg Visitor Information Center - (907) 772-4636 or http://www.petersburg.org USDA Forest Service, Petersburg Ranger District - (907) 772-3871 or http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/districts/petersburg/index.shtml
USDA Forest Service - Nature Watch http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/ro/naturewatch/southeast/blind_slough/blind_slough.htm