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Gold Panning in Seward
"Fun for the whole family! Gold panning demonstrations begin at 10am 2pm and 4:30pm. Watch a demonstration and then pan for gold near the water wheel and salmon stream. You'll pan in elevated troughs and use proven paydirt so there is a possibility of everyone finding a little piece of Alaskan gold. Additional bags of pay there are mineral and semi-precious gemstones for them to find."""Gold pan near a salmon stream in Seward. Learn the art of panning for Alaskan gold in the elevated troughs. This 1-hour activity is family friendly.title=Highlights&1=1-hour+gold+panning+tour+in+Seward&2=Learn+how+to+pan+for+gold+in+elevated+troughs&3=Keep+what+you+find+and+purchase+additional+bags+of+%E2%80%98paydirt%2C%E2%80%99+if+you+like&4=Choose+from+three+departure+times&5=Children+3+and+under+""
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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
From $645.00
 
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
From $645.00

Wildlife Tips (7)

Watch for deer while driving!

Deer are abundant all around Kodiak and, like all deer, they are not the brightest about staying alive around vehicle traffic. Especially at night where headlights cause them to freeze up no matter where they are on the road. The stretch of road between the airport and town and south of town around the Bell's Flats area are heavy deer traffic areas. Go slow and stay alert!

The group of deer in the photo (herd?) seemed to know hunting season was over as they showed up the day after hunting season was over.

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RickinDutch
May 15, 2013

Bear Country

The Kodiak Grizzly Bear is the largest carnivore in North America and they are all over the island. The number of bears close to town vary from year to year, but lately seem to be getting more abundant and a bit more pushy. We've cut short more than one fishing trip when bears showed up and wanted our catch.

The people of Kodiak work hard to keep their garbage sealed in bear proof containers but some folks just aren't too careful. About a dozen don't hibernate in the winter because they can find enough to eat out of people's trash when the fish aren't running or the berries aren't out. And there is that period as the snow melts and tempuratures get mild that they start wandering around looking for something to eat.

You have to stay vigilent and make some noise as you walk through the bushes and trees. Lots of theories on how to behave when you run across one. Mine is that you avoid confrontation. Don't try and appear as a threat because that will rile them up. They don't want to deal with people any more than we want to deal with them. So freeze and then slowly walk away. Do not run. If they charge and there isn't a tree near by to climb, then play dead.

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RickinDutch
May 15, 2013

Bring a Coaches Whislte!

I am really familiar with the Great Outdoors. So any newcomers should come prepared for anything.
Mind you bears and other critters don't run around the all of the time, and one does not get to see them that often.
But if you take the time and have the patience, you can be one of the lucky ones.

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Ourada
Jan 14, 2007

Bears + Hiking or camping = danger?

Bears!! If you are going to be doing any backcountry camping or hiking make sure you use some common sense. For the most part bears don't bother you but when your hiking make plenty noise. When they hear you they generally leave the area. You don't want to suprise them. And you better hope that you don't get between a Sow and her cubs!! That is the most dangerous situation. They are wild animals (not zoo trained). Make sure you keep a clean camp. Don't leave food around or spill food around your site. It will attract them.

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herzog63
Jun 14, 2003
 
 
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Small Poodles = Tasty Nuggets

Eagles on Kodiak Island have been known to pick up small pets and devour them. Please keep and eye on your kitties and small dogs!

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spintobecca
May 27, 2003

Magpies May wake you up!

If you go camping in Kodiak and leave scraps of food around you may end up with lots of Magpies hanging around your camp. If there are lots of them they make lots of noise!

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herzog63
Nov 11, 2002

Bear Warnings

When you see these kinds of signs it means that Kodiak Brown Bears have been in the area. So just beware of your surroundings.

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Oct 05, 2002
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"A Town Like Any Other Town, But With a Difference"
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Beach Fever

Buskin is a beach along a river, the river is a fave spot for fishermen. It has a beach house you can rent up on the cliffs, and it's actually a state park too, so you had better behave there! On warm...
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