Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Hoonah

Port Frederick

Birders will find a wide variety of seabirds and waterfowl.

Port Frederick joins Icy Strait near the village of Hoonah. The daily tidal exchange in this area creates a mixture of nutrients and food resources for fish, marine mammals and birds that use this area. Port Frederick can also be a good option for birding when rough seas exist in Icy Strait. Birders will find a wide variety of seabirds and waterfowl including: Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Pelagic Cormorant, Black-legged Kittiwak and a large variety of gull species.


The area can be accessed by charter/tour boat services. Contact the local visitor association for information on charter/tour companies that can provide access and tour services for this area. Cruise ships docking at Hoonah will also enter port Frederick and charter/tour services departing Hoonah will also travel through Port Fredrick on route to Icy Strait or Point Adolphus.

Common Murre.
Common Murre. Photo: Milo Burcham

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