|World Class Anan Creek Bear Viewing
4.5 Hours Including Transfers
Unique wildlife viewing experience of both brown and black bears!
Few natural places in North America offer the wildlife viewing opportunities found at remote and beautiful Anan Creek. Experience the thrill of taking off from the Ketchikan waterfront by floatplane with a veteran Alaska bush pilot on this unique wildlife expedition only available to a small number of visitors. Fly deep into the vast Tongass National Forest to one of Alaska's premier bear viewing areas. This premier bear viewing location is one of a few sights in the world where you can watch both brown and black bear feed on spawning salmon. This once in a lifetime experience is only available to a select few as access to Anan Creek is restricted by U.S. Forest Service Permit.
After departing the Ketchikan waterfront you will fly by Salmon Falls Resort, historic Loring (established before Ketchikan), over beautiful Behm Canal and continue on over the rugged Cleveland Peninsula. This is one of the most spectacular natural wilderness areas in this part of' Alaska. After landing on serene Anan Bay, you will receive a personal briefing from a U.S. Forest Service Park Ranger. Your naturalist bear guide will escort you on a pleasant half-mile hike, along a groomed trail bordering a creek, to a secure bear observatory overlooking a beautiful waterfall.
Once on the viewing platform, you can look down on stunning rapids as the fast flowing creek cascades towards the sea and the large numbers of salmon in the stream congregate to complete their spawning journey. Bears gather here to feed on the large run of pink salmon, as they head upstream to spawn. Bald eagles will be in abundance as they await the scraps left by the bears. You can view seals feeding on the bountiful harvest in the lagoon. Mink, marten and wolf also frequent the area. Ample time is allowed to observe the wildlife activity in this forest ecosystem before the hike back to your awaiting aircraft. Interpretation by your pilot and guide will enhance this truly intimate natural experience, perfect for the nature lover and photographer.Wear comfortable hiking footwear and waterproof outerwear. Wildlife sightings are frequent, however they cannot be guaranteed.