Ketchikan is black bear country, and just outside town you can see them in their favorite summertime activity – fishing for protein-rich Alaska salmon. A walking tour through the lush foliage of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary reveals prime salmon habitat, a certain attraction for hungry bears. Wait and watch for this apex species in action – pouncing on fish, teaching cubs, and chasing each other to the feasting grounds.
Fish Creek is remote, yet road-accessible from the small town of Hyder, which means some human traffic, but not thick crowds. A 3-mile drive or hike from town provides access to an elevated walkway beside the creek that is over ¼-mile long. What makes this area unique is the chance to see brown and black bears in close proximity as they prowl the shallows for spawning salmon.
This bear viewing spot is a bit unusual because it attracts only black bears. A short 26-mile floatplane or boat ride from Ketchikan brings you to a dock where you'll then walk 1.5 miles to the viewing platform. You'll see up to 10 black bears feasting on fish near the fish ladder.
This bear viewing spot is a bit unusual because it attracts only black bears. A short 26-mile floatplane or boat ride from…
This protected bay roughly 15 miles south of Sitka is a great destination by boat or floatplane to see birds and bears. Thousands of salmon run up numerous watersheds to a lake just inland from the coast and the bears congregate here from July to September. The area is heavily forested and numerous waterfalls add an ethereal feel to the trip.
This protected bay roughly 15 miles south of Sitka is a great destination by boat or floatplane to see birds and bears.…
Watch brown bears in their natural habitat as they swim, play, sleep, or eat in a 3/4 acre enclosure near Sitka. The Fortress of the Bear takes in abandoned or orphaned cubs and then works to find new homes for them, sending them to zoos around the country. You’ll view these creatures from raised platforms while a guide shares information about bear safety, nutrition, and biology.
A two-hour kayak ride up Mitchell Bay toward Hasselborg Lake takes you through a serene, pristine wilderness. You’ll share the area with water birds, eagles, salmon and of course, brown bear. Portage at a U.S. Forest Service cabins to stay awhile and take in more of the incredible Tongass National Forest.
If you want to see salmon, eagles and black bear in their natural habitat, the view along Gunnuk Creek cannot be surpassed. Silver Spike Bridge over the creek is a good viewing point, or you can make your way to the nearby bear viewing platform at the old Gunnuk Creek Hatchery. Some call Gunnuk Creek “eagle highway” for the large number of eagles here when the fish are running.
A 45-minute boat ride or quick floatplane trip from Wrangell will bring you to Anan Creek, a unique bear viewing spot because of the interaction between black and brown bears. Only 60 permits are issued per day and it's also possible to sign up for access to a small photo blind that will have you near face-to-face with bears.
A 45-minute boat ride or quick floatplane trip from Wrangell will bring you to Anan Creek, a unique bear viewing spot because…
Bear are most scarce the last twos of June.
Pack Creek is only 30 minutes by air from Juneau. The creek is on Admiralty Island, which has been protected for 80 years and has over 1,500 bears - more than all of the contiguous US combined. That's what makes this area such a hotspot for bear viewing. At times, 6-10 bears can be spotted in close proximity in the estuary. It's possible to go on your own or take a fully guided tour.
Pack Creek is only 30 minutes by air from Juneau. The creek is on Admiralty Island, which has been protected for 80 years and…