Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge extends from Point Woronzof southeast to Potter Creek, a distance of 16 miles, but is best known for that portion located between the Old and New Seward highways called "Potter Marsh." Potter Marsh was created in 1917 with construction of the Alaska Railroad embankment. Source: ADF&G
Thousands of people stop to view wildlife at Potter Marsh each year. It is easily Anchorage's most popular wildlife haven. Parking areas, an elevated boardwalk, and interpretive signs along the New Seward Highway provide wildlife enthsiasts with an excellent vantage point for viewing and photography. However, when near the highway viewers must always take extreme care with traffic travelling at high speeds. Source: ADF&G
Feeding wildlife is prohibited. To protect wildlife from disturbance during summer months, visitors to Potter Marsh are restricted to boardwalks and roadsides. Visitors can observe adult chinook, coho and pink salmon returning to Rabbit Creek to spawn. Juvenile fish are often seen in the marsh below the boardwalk. Source: ADF&G
Each summer the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) has a Family Fun Day at Potter Marsh where adults and kids can learn about Alaska wildlife. This summers event was held on June 6, 2015 and photos are posted below.