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A seaplane takes you to where the grizzlies live in this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Alaska is home to some of the world's most concentrated grizzly bear and black bear populations, not to mention a variety of other truly unimaginable wildlife.
Both grizzlies and black bears gorge themselves on spawning salmon in the many streams and rivers in the Tongass National Forest. We fly you to locations that are world-renowned for their bear viewing opportunities, landing near observatories overlooking spectacular waterfalls and feeding bears.
This tour includes:
- Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
- Seaplane ride to Anan Creek
- 20-minute hike to bear viewing platform
- 1.5-2 hours for bear observation!
- Lots of opportunities for amazing photographs!
The flight to Anan Creek is a memorable journey north from Ketchikan, over the deep blue waters of Behm Canal and the wild beauty of the Cleveland Peninsula. Upon landing, you'll be met by a Forest Service Ranger who will brief you on what to expect on your hike to the viewing platform. The hike to the platform is about 20 minutes on a boardwalk and gravel/dirt trail. Another ranger will greet you when you arrive at the bear observatory, and here begins the reason for this trip!
You'll be overlooking one of the largest concentrations of grizzlies and black bears to be found anywhere in Alaska. A photo blind is available to help you capture unforgettable images. You'll have 1.5-2 hours at the observatory, depending on your time on the trail and actual flight time to Anan.
In addition to bears, mink, marten, and wolf are regulars in the area, while seals are often spotted during the landing on Anan Bay in Bradfield Canal.
While your attention may be riveted to the hungry antics of the gathered bears, you'll also appreciate the countless bald eagles that wait from lofty perches for their turn at the leftovers.
- Wear sturdy boots or shoes with good gripping soles and bring rain gear.
- We recommend that your dress in layers. The weather ranges from mid-50s to mid-80s.
- Please note that this trip needs to be booked as far in advance as possible. Landing permits for Anan Creek are very hard to come by so having your request for this excursion as early as possible is best. Landing permits are never guaranteed, but the best chance of getting your request confirmed is if you book at least 9 months prior to your excursion date . Please call ShoreTrips if you have any questions.
- For your safey, no food or drinks are allowed on the trail, except water.
- This excursion requires a minimum of 4 travelers. ShoreTrips will try to combine you with other travelers.
- Bags and backpacks are not allowed on the plane because of flight regulations. They can be left at the tour operator's office and locked in a secure location.
- This tour is only available: July 6, 13, 14, 17, 20, 25. August 3, 4, 13, 18, 24.
- Please note that this trip is non-refundable 30 days prior to your reservation. No exceptions will be made.
Days offered: 7 days a week