For over 20 years I have been flying customers, friends and
family to Anan Creek to view the bears that congregate there
to eat salmon in preparation for their winter snooze. They had
a great time - saw and photographed bears, salmon, seals, ravins
and eagles in their natural habitat and most still haven't stopped
talking about their experience at Anan Creek.
has become a permitted site.
This means that everyone going to Anan must have a permit and
only 64 people per day will be allowed to visit the site. These
permits are gobbled up fast, so don't procrastinate,
as soon as you've decided to go, give us a call to book your
of flight & Anan bears
taken by happy guests
are sending a guide with each party and extending the total
time of the tour (our dock to dock) to 5 hours
is 30 to 40 minutes through the Tongass National Forest and
along Behm Canal and Ernest Sound. On a clear day (yes, we have
some in Ketchikan) you will see majestic mountains in the distance,
virgin forest, islands dense with greenery, muskeg (bogs), and
lots of lakes and water.
lands at Anan Bay and while we taxi to the beach you will see
eagles in the trees (one time I counted 230), and fish
& seals in the water. As you get off the floatplane, you
will be met by a Forest Service Ranger who briefs 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. Along the way you will be surrounded by old growth forest
and a fresh water stream packed with salmon going upstream to
spawn! Truly the wilds of Southeast Alaska! At the platform
there is another Ranger who supervises the platform and a photo
blind. You will be able to spend 2 to 2.5 hours at the observatory,
depending on your transit time on the trail and actual flight
time to Anan.
go on this adventure you should wear sturdy boots or shoes and
bring rain gear. After all, this is a rainforest. A camera with
lots of memory is a must. Please turn off the camera's flash
so as not to startle the bears. You may not take any food or
drinks on the trail except water. And lastly, prepare yourself
for a fun and wondrous experience in a true Alaskan wilderness.
you come please familiarize yourself with the US Forest Service's
page on safely
price for this adventure is
$499.00 per person (this includes permits)
2 person minimum/4person maximum.
reserve the plane exclusively for your party / three
The entire adventure is about 5 hours, this may be amended by
also want to add on a flight through the Misty
Fjords National Monument (weather permitting) ... an additional
$120.00 per person and adds approximately one half hour to the
flew with you to Anan Creek and Misty Fords the first weekend
of August. The bear watching activity was our first adventure
of our 17-day trip to Alaska, and although we knew the adventure
of seeing the grizzlies just across from us in the photo blind
for an hour and a half was pretty extraordinary, we didn't
know at that time that it would be the highlight of our
whole trip! Thank you again."
F & D
Fort Lauderdale, FL