What makes this area unique is the chance to see brown and black bears in close proximity (though the black bears usually back off when a big brownie shows up). The bears gather along Fish Creek and Marx Creek, wandering the shallow, clear-water stream looking for spawning pink and chum salmon. The number of bears here isn’t huge (a handful would be great), and they don’t congregate by a falls or show up in a certain section of the creek. Generally, early morning and twilight are the best time to see a bear. Mothers with cubs frequent the area.
This bear-viewing area is road-accessible, but it’s also in a remote corner, so the crowds aren’t bad. Once here, you’ll find an elevated walkway beside the creek, which is over ¼-mile long. Peak season is from July 15 to September 9, when the fish are in. It costs $5 for a day pass, and the area is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Want to stay longer? It’s $10 for 3 days, $20 for a week, and $65 for the season.
July 15-September 9
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