Juneau Wildlife Viewing
Auke Bay

photo of Auke Bay area wildlife Several access points to Auke Bay provide wildlife viewing opportunities. The Don Statter Harbor is a good place to look for harbor seals and bald eagles, with sea lions frequenting the area in the winter. Arctic terns are sometimes seen at the harbor in the spring and early summer. Don Statter Harbor is the departure point for many whale watching cruises. Look for harbor porpoise and other marine mammals and sea birds at the Auke Village Recreation Area, which is west of Auke Bay on Glacier Highway.


  • Eagles
  • Harbor Porpoise
  • Harbor Seal
  • Sitka black-tailed deer
  • Steller's Sea Lion
  • Terns


Look for Sitka black-tailed deer along the road between Auke Bay and the Auke Village Recreation Area, especially near the ferry terminal.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Public Transportation
  • Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Be respectful of boat owners and fishermen while looking for wildlife at the Don Statter Harbor.

Plan to spend at least: 1 - 4 hours

Best Months

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  • November
  • December


Auke Bay is 12 miles from downtown Juneau at the intersection of Back Loop Road and Glacier Highway. The Auke Village Recreation Area is about four miles west of Auke Bay. Look for the brown directional sign after the ferry terminal.


Juneau Convention and Visitor's Bureau - (888) 581-2201 or http://www.traveljuneau.com