Beluga Point, Spenard, Alaska
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing
N 61° 00.447 W 149° 41.745
6V E 354260 N 6766616
This great Scenic Roadside Look-Out provides 2 special opportunities: spotting Beluga Whales and watching the Tidal Bore.
Waymark Code: WM9B57
Location: Alaska, United States
Date Posted: 07/25/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 15

Beluga Point is about 20 miles south of Anchorage, on Seward Highway Milepost 110. This point of land (Turnagain Arm) juts into the Cook Inlet, providing a special sweeping panoramic viewpoint for watching Beluga Whales (late May and late August) and the daily Tidal Bore. There are viewing scopes to use for viewing the area, and it is even possible to spot Dal Sheep in this area. There are interpretive displays providing information and history, including info on the whales, tides, and the "cycles of life" in the mudflats (the muddy, silt-filled waters below). You can walk the rocky beach below at low tide.

Twenty miles south of Anchorage is Beluga Point, a good place to see the small white beluga whales cavorting in Turnagain Arm in late May and late August; they follow salmon into these shallow waters. Unfortunately, overhunting by Native Alaskans caused the population of belugas to plummet in the 1990s, and they still have not recovered.

The Tidal Bore here can reach 30 feet. It is the only bore tide in the United Statesis and is said to be the 2nd largest in the world, reaching up to eight feet high, and a half-mile across, the tidal bore can move more than 10 miles per hour.
Describe - Highway or Road number: Seward Highway (aka Highway 1)

Closest town or city: Spenard

Number of parking spots available: 12

Name if a website describes this location.: [Web Link]

Winter View: yes

Summer View: yes

Year around access ?: yes

Comfort station on site: no

Is a photo of an "Information Sign"included?: Yes

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