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Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site

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Address: Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District, Hyder, AK
Phone Number: 2506362367
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The Fish Creek site has to be a highlight of any trip to the Stewart/Hyder area during the salmon run (usually August/September but worth checking ahead when planning a trip... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Springfield, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Stop at the Visitor Center in Stewart, BC to get some information before you drive on to Hyder, Alaska and the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site in the Tongass National Forest. We arrived during the last couple of days of the salmon run at the end of August . The best time to see bears we were told is July... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Fish Creek site has to be a highlight of any trip to the Stewart/Hyder area during the salmon run (usually August/September but worth checking ahead when planning a trip). The deck itself is spacious (although it can be crowded during the evening when bears are most likely to appear) and has stepped areas where visitors can sit while waiting... More 

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Perth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were there for the end of the salmon spawn and boy is it smelly. I didn't expect the amount of rotting and dead fish. The grizzlies apparently come to feed on the dead fish. We didnt see any but it was still neat to see. $6 CAD per person and we could come and go all day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It's unfortunate the reviewer from Atlanta seemed to think $5 (or $6 if you're using Canadian currency) is a rip off. You're in nature, so there's no guarantee you're going to see a bear, regardless of how much money you pay. To me $5 is well worth it - the boardwalk is well maintained with helpful information about bears as... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We have come to Stewart – Hyder to see the bears catching fish at USDA “The Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site”. Our first visit was to learn where Observation Site is and what is the best time to see the bears? The nice Forest Service employee explained that both brown (grizzly) and black bears can be observed and photographed at... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a wildlife site operated by the US Forest Service to observe bears. It should be free to Seniors with the Golden Age Pass, but it's not. They should also NOT charge to walk on the boardwalk, if there are no bears to be seen. At $5.00 per person just to walk on a board walk and look at... More 

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Grafton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Got there at 6:30 PM and a Grizzly was eating fish. Around 9:00 PM another big Grizz wandered in and stayed for over an hour. Being on the deck allowed everyone to be within 20 yds of bears and still feel safe. Park employees were nice and had lots of info. TURN YOUR FLASH OFF! Newer bears to the area... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We just happen to arrive at the time there was a grizzly catching salmon. Some photographers had been there since 6am and that was the first bear they saw at 3pm. The parks guys said the best time for bear viewing is between 6pm-10pm. It costed $6 canadian per person and was well worth it if there is a bear... More 

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Don't drive by without stopping here as this viewing area is amazing. With plenty of parking, wheelchair accessible, and only $5 for a full day (in and out) admission (they also have multiple day pricing, too). You will see wildlife like you were viewing it on National Geographic or the Discovery Channel, but the wildlife you see here are live... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Stewart and on your way through Hyder to see the Salmon glacier. A day pass is only $5 per person US ($6 CDN), so go early before you see the glacier and stop by again on your way back. On the day we were there a large female grizzly was spotted catching... More 

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