Located at the southernmost entrance of the Inside Passage when traveling to Alaska by ferry or cruise ship, Ketchikan is a beautiful introduction to southeast Alaska. Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island and surrounded by a numerous waterways, adjacent islands and the temperate coastal rainforest of the Tongass National Forest, including over 2 million acres in the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness Area. Ketchikan has a rich Alaska Native culture and abundant salmon populations.
With over 260 bird species detected and several thousand checklists submitted to this eBird Region, the Ketchikan area is a popular birding area in southeast Alaska. The mix of coastal temperate rainforest, marine waters and tidelands along this area of the Pacific Flyway, make the Ketchikan area a great spot for breeding birds as well as spring and fall migrants.
General Area Overview and Information Sources:
- The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
- Ketchikan Visitors Center
- City of Ketchikan
- Ketchikan Area Trails Guide (PDF)
- PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center (907) 225-5171
- US Forest Service Ketchikan Ranger District, 648 Mission Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901; (907) 225-3101
- US Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Map (PDF)
Birding and wildlife resources:
Sites in Ketchikan
Birding Photo: Ben Sullender
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