Ketchikan Private Potlatch Totem Park, City & Herring Cove Wildlife Tour

2 reviews

Excursion Overview

A private journey to discover scenic Ketchikan, Alaska

This private 2.5-hour adventure begins with driving north on a picturesque 10-mile coastal drive along the Tongass Narrows. While heading to the Potlatch Totem park, you will pass by the old Pulp Mill and Ward Cove Fish Cannery. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you the Ketchikan's fishing and logging history during the ride.

The Potlatch Totem Park is located on historic Tlingit Native fishing grounds located on the shores of the Tongass Narrows. Here you can go back to the 1800s and check out what a Native Fishing Village would have looked like. You'll see multiple clan and tribal houses, totem poles, and panels while appreciating the beauty of smoothly carved wood and hearing the legends behind the designs. Visit the Native carving center for an exclusive demonstration by the carver in residence and learn about their ancient technique. Potlatch Totem Park is also home to an antique car collection, featuring a 1934 Ford Coupe and a 1924 Stanley Steamer. Next, we will stop at the Alaska Totem Trading Souvenir Shop and Russian Museum. View a display of historically rare antique firearms, dating back from 1535-1868 along with displays of mammoth tusks, furs, ivory, and other fascinating curiosities.

Hope on the private van/coach again as we will travel south through the city of Ketchikan before heading to beautiful Herring Cove. A quant Salmon Spawning River and Bay that takes you far away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of downtown. Slow down and take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful wildlife area. During salmon season, black bears, eagles, herons, and seals show up frequently to feed on salmon as they fight their way upstream from June through September. Wrap up the tour with a visit to Creek Street and the historic Red Light District before returning to your ship.

If your party is 14 people or less, please select the $850 option. For parties larger than 14, please select the $1,265 option.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • Fully narrated tour with a public address system onboard
  • Park entry fees are included
  • Umbrellas are available to use as needed for tour duration


  • Dress in warm layers, wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring your camera and a pair of binoculars for closer viewing

Duration: 2.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • Scenic coastal drive - 10 miles North along the Tongass Narrows
  • Old Pulp Mill and Ward Cove Fish Cannery
  • Potlatch Park - Totem Poles and Native Carving Center
  • Alaska Totem Trading Souvenir Shop and Russian Museum
  • City of Ketchikan drive - 9 miles South
  • Herring Cove

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets inside the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau, booth #12, located in front of berth 2 on the dock. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb into and out of the van/coach. This tour does not have a wheelchair lift but foldable wheelchairs and walkers are welcome. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your party is 14 people or less, please select the $850 option. For parties larger than 14, please select the $1,265 option.

There are restroom stops available at the Potlatch Totem Park and Herring Cove viewing area.

Dress for the weather. Layered clothing is always recommended for Alaskan weather. Sneakers are recommended for the terrain.

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Non-alcoholic beverages in closeable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.

Definitely! If you have a larger group, we can operate 25-passenger coaches or larger. Please contact us with your group requirements.


Guest Reviews


2 total


Jessica M

On Aug 2023

This was a fabulous tour. We were lucky enough to have Jason drive us around. The weather was terrible, but he saved what could have been a terrible day. He really went above and beyond. His knowledge of the island, the culture, and local bears was impressive---and we got to see a bear catch a salmon! It was amazing, highly recommend!

Merilee O

On Sep 2022

We loved this excursion! We were on a Disney Cruise and booked this private tour for nine of us. Carson was a great guide. The highlight of our trip was seeing the mama bear and cub fishing for salmon at Herring Cove. We could have stayed and watched all day if we had time! Potlatch Park was also very interesting. Thank you!


Best Price Guarantee!


Duration: 2.5 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 2.5 hours

Up to 14 Passengers per Vehicle

Private Vehicles (Up to 14p): $950.00

For groups of 15 or more

Private Vehicles (Up to 25p): $1,875.00