Petersburg Wildlife Viewing
Outlook Park

photo of Outlook Park area wildlife Outlook Park is a covered viewing area with three fixed binoculars. This is one of the best shore-based places in Petersburg to look for humpback and killer whales. June through September is the best time to search for humpback whales here, with viewing chances a little higher in July and August. The likelihood of seeing killer whales is less predictable and more opportunistic. Look through binoculars for scoters, pigeon guillemots, harlequin ducks and other birds. Interpretive signs in the shelter provide information on bird identification and humpback whales. The covered shelter is modeled after Norwegian Stave Churches, in a nod to the Norwegian heritage of many of Petersburg;s residents.


  • Harlequin Duck
  • Humpback Whale
  • Killer Whale
  • Pigeon Guillemot
  • Surf Scoter


While fixed binoculars bring things into clearer view, they do limit the width of your field of vision. It is often better to first scan the water for whales with your naked eye and then use the binoculars for a better look.


  • Interpretive Signs
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible


It is possible to walk to Outlook Park from the center or town, though it is a four-mile round trip and should only be done by fit walkers.

Plan to spend at least: 1 - 2 hours

Best Months

█ Best Month

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • Best Month June
  • Best Month July
  • Best Month August
  • Best Month September
  • October
  • November
  • December


Outlook Park is about two miles east of downtown, after Nordic Drive changes to Sandy Beach Road.


Petersburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau (907) 772-4636 or Petersburg Parks and Recreation - (email)

Additional Information

Wings Over Alaska - statewide birding program