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Pavlof Marsh At a Glance

Pavlof Marsh


This beautiful marsh is unique to southeast Chichagof Island and attracts several species of waterfowl as a resting place during spring and fall migration. This site is located near the small coastal community of Hoonah and features a hiking trail that leads to an observation blind.

Facilities, Activities and Species:

These symbols denote available facilities, permitted activities and species of interest. The species icons will lead you to a page about that species.

Viewing Information:

Visiting this freshwater marsh is a wildlife watcher's dream. A few common birds which may be viewed include a variety of dabbling ducks, Canada geese, shorebirds, hawks, and songbirds.

Wildlife viewing does not end with birds. Sitka black-tailed deer, beaver, and river otters are also common in the area. Even an occasional visit from a brown bear can be expected.

Safety First:

Keep your eyes open for brown bears as they are in the area. Please read the "bear sense" web page for information on how to behave in bear country.


From Hoonah drive east out of town on Forest Service Road 8502. Follow this road for 30 miles, turn west at the junction and follow Forest Service Road 8510 for eight miles.

Ownership & Management:

USDA Forest Service, Tongass National Forest; Hoonah Ranger District (907) 945-3631

Closest Town:

Hoonah, Alaska

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Best Viewing Season:

spring & fall viewing season

Map of Pavlof Marsh. This image will take you to directions to Pavlof Marsh.

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Photo Gallery of Pavlof Marsh

Pavlof Marsh