State of Alaska | Chris Arend

Potter Marsh

A muskrat paddles across pond filled with geese. An arctic tern dips and dives, in acrobatic flight that would make a fighter pilot jealous. At the tree line, a moose dips its hooves at the shore while foraging. It’s an extraordinary sight, but a typical scene from Potter Marsh.

Spot nesting waterfowl, spawning salmon and even the occasional moose. A half mile of boardwalks stretch out over the edge of shore, giving human visitors the chance to sight a variety of wildlife.

At least 130 bird species have been spotted in the area, a prime reason it’s part of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. From here, the refuge stretches north 16 miles along the coast, and Potter Marsh is its most accessible section.

Many sightseeing tours include Potter Marsh on travels south of the city. You'll also spot the marsh aboard the Alaska Railroad if you're headed to Whittier or Seward for the day. There’s reason to continue on from here; Potter Marsh anchors one end of the scenic Turnagain Arm.