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Campbell Creek Estuary Gives Prime View for Birders

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:05:33 AM AKST   Updated On: Oct 13 2013 05:03:31 PM AKDT

An area known for its wildlife habitat and wetlands officially opened to the public. On Friday, the Campbell Creek Estuary had a ribbon cutting.

“We're really excited to have this be part of Anchorage's park system because it provides this wildlife sanctuary right here in the middle of Anchorage,” said Phil Shephard, Executive Director with Great Land Trust.

Five years in the making, GLT and Municipality of Anchorage raised money to build a trail head, parking lot, trails and overlooks to show off the estuary, downstream from Campbell Lake, where the creek meets Cook Inlet.

“It’s an estuary that's really productive wetlands and so where all those salmon are coming up the belugas chase the salmon, so it’s very exciting to be able to see belugas out here,” said Shephard. “There's lots of water fowl and birds in the area.”

The property has more than a mile of trails with the main loop being handicap accessible along with three overlooks.

The estuary is located at 531 Selkirk Drive and is one of the few public access points to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and is known for attracting bald eagles, Sandhill cranes, river otters and five species of salmon.

“It’s a quiet contemplative place where nature takes center stage,” said Shephard.