Nature and Wildlife Viewing

We have never done a wildlife census, but regardless, it’s safe to say that animals outnumber people in Ketchikan. Located in the midst of the Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan is home to black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, ravens, and over 100 species of migrating birds—and that’s just above sea level! In our waters you’ll find Orca and humpback whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters, river otters, and porpoises. There are many ways to see our forest friends and sea creatures in their natural environments, so plan to get up close (but not too personal!)

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  1. Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

    A one of a kind ‘reality tour’ allowing guests an authentic first-hand view of an Alaskan fishermen’s life at sea. You will be educated & inspired as our fisheries come within your grasp. Stay warm and dry as you share an experience unlike any other.   More...

  2. Baranof Fishing Excursions

    Private Wildlife Viewing charters with Baranof Skiff Excursions focus on finding the animals you choose to observe in their natural habitat. Whales, bears, eagles, and sea mammals abound near Ketchikan, and our captains know where to find them.

  3. Snorkel Alaska

    Snorkel the Inside Passage in Ketchikan with Snorkel Alaska’s Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure. Immerse yourself in Southeast Alaska’s breathtaking underwater world as you snorkel the calm and clear waters, a truly unique experience awaits you.

  4. Alaska Kayak Company

    Private tours available. Explore the Alaskan wilderness like the locals with a local owner operator. No gift shops, vans, or crowds. Just exploring our near coastal ocean and rainforest via boat, kayak, and muddy boots!

  5. Allen Marine Tours, Inc.

    Explore Misty Fjords National Monument on a 4.5 hour narrated cruise. Deluxe, high-performance, waterjet-powered vessels seat up to 135 passengers. Charters available for groups. We’ve been turning Alaska dreams into Alaska experiences for 45+ years!

  6. Tongass Rainforest Expedition (TREX), LLC

    Alaska hiking excursion will take you along a highly groomed trail that winds and climbs through the lush Tongass National Rainforest peeking over the stream.

  7. Alaska Sea to Summit Tours

    Locally owned and operated guiding service. Experience the wonders of Southeast Alaska through this tour, from sea to summit.

  8. Out to Sea Expedition Company

    Go on an adventure as you explore the deep mysterious waters of island-studded sea passages in search of wildlife aboard a rugged zodiac expedition craft with a local captain and expedition leader as your guide. Custom expeditions available!

  9. Eagle One Enterprises

    Land and Sea Tours available! Whales, Eagles, Bears , Dungeness Crab, Totem Parks, City Highlights, Taste of Alaskan Seafood!! Check us out online to see what best fits you!

  10. Wild Wolf Tours

    Rainforest Walk & Totem Park - Explore trail with old growth trees, scenic creek and waterfall. Visit the totem park and hear stories behind the totem poles and native culture. We offer quality small group tours with local guide.

  11. Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

    40 acre reserve located at picturesque Herring Cove, only 8 road miles from Ketchikan. This pristine environment is home to eagles, black bear, seals, birds and other species attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary

  12. Classic Alaska Charters

    Wilderness saltwater-freshwater fishing, crabbing n shrimping, and, cruising-wildlife photo adventures for your friends, business group, or family of 4-6 persons. Outstanding overnight 5 days, 4-night private charters away from the crowds.

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