Williwaw Fish Viewing Site At a Glance

williwaw fish viewing platform in Portage Valley


Williwaw Creek is one of only a few anadromous (supporting salmon) tributaries to Portage Creek. In late summer through early fall, visitors can observe spawning sockeye, chum and coho salmon. The site features an accessible boardwalk and viewing platform and is situated in the developed Williwaw Campground.

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:

Easily accessed next to Williwaw campground, the Williwaw Fish Viewing Platform affords visitors the unique opportunity to observe an aquatic community and its variety of components.

Spawning sockeye, chum and coho salmon arrive in the stream in late summer and remain throughout early fall. In addition to salmon, visitors may see a variety of local songbirds, bald eagles, and, occasionally black and brown bears.

Portage Valley is a glacial showcase! In other areas of the valley visitors may see mountain goats on the sheer cliffs or even venture out on an iceworm safari.

Safety First:

To minimize disturbance to stream bank vegetation and to the animal residents, please observe from the platform only.

Be bear aware!


This viewing site is located at mile 4 of the Portage Highway, which intersects the Seward Highway 45 miles south of Anchorage.

Ownership & Management:

USDA Forest Service, Chugach National Forest; Glacier Ranger District (907) 783-3242

Closest Town:

Girdwood, Alaska

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Best Viewing Season:

spring - fall viewing season

Map of Williwaw Fish Viewing. This image will take you to directions to Williwaw Stream.

small map of Williwaw fish viewing platform
sockeye salmon are viewed at Williwaw Creek