Anan Wildlife Observatory

(907) 247-1305

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.

Anan 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 trip.

footage of flight & Anan bears
taken by happy guests
George& Annie


Starting in 2017
we are sending a guide with each party and extending the total time of the tour (our dock to dock) to 5 hours

The flight 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.

The plane 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.

When you 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.

Before you come please familiarize yourself with the US Forest Service's page on safely viewing bears.

Transportation price for this adventure is
$499.00 per person (this includes permits)
2 person minimum/4person maximum.

To reserve the plane exclusively for your party / three person minimum.

The entire adventure is about 5 hours, this may be amended by special arrangement.

You may 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 tour.

"We 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

Just Walking Along Cubs watching

Take lots of pictures
Inside Photo Blind

Black Bear Playing
Playing in woods

Black Bear Fishing
Bear Fishing

Salmon in Stream

Anan Creek Trail

Bear in woods

well fed Bear

Eagle at falls

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Family Air Tours
Sightseeing, Lake Trips & Air Charter
Dave Rocke
P.O. Box 8
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Family Air tours, LLC operates under permits from the USDA Forest Service
and is an equal opportunity service provider

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cubs, trail and eagle pictures this page by Jay Beckner
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