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Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley Private Tour
"From Anchorage we'll travel along the scenic Seward Highway. One of only 13 highways in the US with the distinction of ""All American Road"". Along the way we will have great opportunities to view and photograph wildlife and scenic vistas. First we stop at the beautifu where you will board the mv Ptarmigan for an optional one-hour cruise across the stunning scenery of iceberg-dotted Portage Lake. After the cruise stop in at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife. The AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round providing spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Here you can view and photograph up close Alaska's iconic animals that are unable to be released into the wild. Afterwards head back to Anchorage and enjoy a narrated city tour including all the best dining places.Whats Included:     Services of a professional private tour guide     Door to door round trip transportation from Anc
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Private Tour: Anchorage 3-Hour Tour
"This fun 3-hour adventure starts from a pickup location of your choice. First you'll visit historic Ship Creek where Anchorage was first settled as a tent city in 1911. Here you'll find a thriving urban salmon stream where downtown anglers often catch salmon on their lunch breaks from work. This is also the location of the Anchorage rail terminal for the historic Alaska Railroad.Your guide will then take you to Earth where you can take in the stunning view of the Anchorage skyline set against the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. You may even catch sight of a moose along the roadway! Next stop at the busiest seaplane base in the world Lake Hood. Watch as local bush pilots expertly land their planes and taxi to their landing docks. Following this stop you'll visit the incomparable Turnagain Arm and Beluga Point. Take in the majestic scenery and scout for Beluga whales
From $345.00
 
Private Tour: Anchorage 3-Hour Tour
"This fun 3-hour adventure starts from a pickup location of your choice. First you'll visit historic Ship Creek where Anchorage was first settled as a tent city in 1911. Here you'll find a thriving urban salmon stream where downtown anglers often catch salmon on their lunch breaks from work. This is also the location of the Anchorage rail terminal for the historic Alaska Railroad.Your guide will then take you to Earth where you can take in the stunning view of the Anchorage skyline set against the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. You may even catch sight of a moose along the roadway! Next stop at the busiest seaplane base in the world Lake Hood. Watch as local bush pilots expertly land their planes and taxi to their landing docks. Following this stop you'll visit the incomparable Turnagain Arm and Beluga Point. Take in the majestic scenery and scout for Beluga whales
From $345.00

Mudflats Tips (7)

Moose on Tony Knowles trail

Sometimes you might encounter Moose, I heard a story of some kids throwing rocks at the Moose, then an innocent person came along later and the Moose was annoyed and killed this person. They can be very aggressive and they are very strong. Don't even think you can scare one with shouting or noises they will just ignore you unless you get on their nerves and then watch out.

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chrisrandonneur
Jan 24, 2012

Treacherous Mudflats

Although they look quite lovely they are as dangerous as quicksand as you will sink once you step on them..Many warnings are posted but at the time I was there we read in the paper that one tourist lost his life there and apparently this has happned many times before..Please heed the warnings!!

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Hanau93
Nov 30, 2005

Don't Get Stuck in the Mudflats

Getting stuck in the mudflats that surround the city of Anchorage could be more than an inconvenience. To a few unfortuate souls it has been fatal.

Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm have the second highest tides in all of North America, surpassed only by the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. Each time the tide goes out it exposes extensive mudflats which are composed of glacial silt carried down by rivers to the sea. These mudflats exhibit a quicksand-like quality and if you venture out onto them during low tide there is a very real possibility of becoming seriously stuck. I heard one horrow story of a woman who was caught so firmly by the vice-like grip of the mud that the incoming tides covered and drowned her, in spite of the heroic but futile efforts of would-be rescuers from the National Guard. Only a fool would take such a chance.

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Stephen-KarenConn
Feb 08, 2005

Mud Flats

Viewing the tide coming in and out along Cook Inlet is interesting as the tidal ranges are so extreme. There are vantage points along Knik and Turnagain Arm which are walking distance from downtown. But do not wade out into the tidal area. The mudflats are like quicksand and when the tide goes out, you can sink into the quicksand. Not a good idea.

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goingsolo
May 22, 2004
 
 
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Mudflats

If you were to look at the low tide mud in this area under a microscope, it would look like a chinese finger puzzle.

If you foot goes into the mud, chances are it will not release you. When the tide comes in, you will drown. You will not be the first.

Stay off the mud flats.

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frankcanfly
Sep 03, 2003

Mudflats!

There is only one beach in Anchorage. Cook Inlet is nothing more than a shallow mud flat which is dredged to allow ships access to the city. Due to the mud drying, some people think that it would be a good idea to walk out into the flats: WRONG.
You can have your limbs torn apart by the suction of removing a limb from the strong strong mud. The National Guard will have to send out a rescue team- which you will be charged for the cost of. Do NOT go out into the mudflats.

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spintobecca
Jan 27, 2003

Again: Mudflats

This picture is of the inlet is a mass amount of water hiding a very dangerous mudflat beneath. Do NOT venture out into it for any reason, as bore tides occur unexpectedly.

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spintobecca
Apr 01, 2003

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