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Anchorage Sights

Potter Marsh

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Updated 08/19/2014

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Sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and other migratory birds, as well as the occasional moose or beaver, frequent this marsh about 10 miles south of Downtown on the Seward Highway. An elevated boardwalk makes viewing easy, and in summer there are salmon runs in the creek beneath the bridge. The Potter Section House, an old railroad service building just south of the marsh, operates as a state park office. Out front is an old engine with a rotary snowplow that was

used to clear avalanches.

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Seward Hwy., Anchorage, Alaska, 99516, United States



Updated 08/19/2014


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Sep 9, 2004

Lock up and walk free

Potter Marsh is very nice, and there is a small boardwalk you take out into the marsh. The nice part is you can see salmon in the creeks with the naked eye, and there are usually lots of them in the summer. Polarized glasses help to see them better. You can also see a lot of birds and waterfoul out there. There are plenty of informational signs on wildlife and habitat out there, so it's mildly educational. Can't beat the price (free). There

has been a history (it comes and goes) of vehicle break-ins out there, so be cautious what is visible in your vehicle and lock up. A nice place to stop on your way in/out of Anchorage from points south.

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