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Anan Creek Bear Observatory

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Address: Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK
Phone Number: (907) 874-2323
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So many bears!

A wonderful day from Wrangell with Brenda on the jet boat. The walk into the ravine is exceptional and the up close bear viewing will remain with us for years to come. Just 6 of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

A wonderful day from Wrangell with Brenda on the jet boat. The walk into the ravine is exceptional and the up close bear viewing will remain with us for years to come. Just 6 of us and Brenda for 3 hours in this pristine environment. Black Bears, Brown Bears, Bald Eagles, Salmon and more…..

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1 Thank Terry E
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

You will need to visit visited An An Bear Sanctuar between June and August with local guides to experience the bears in their natural habitat catching the salmon. The bears were c wandering around us (we were in a safe enclosure and our guides were armed just in case) A fantastic day and great way to experience bears in their... More 

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Irving, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

If you have a chance to go to Anan to see brown and black bears you should do it. I missed this in 2012 and regretted it based on the photos I saw. On this small ship cruise this year we had a private guide and a flexible schedule so we got to spend almost the whole day here. We... More 

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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We travelled to the Anan Creek Bear Observatory as part of a cruise ship day tour. It was the most incredible and enjoyable day I have spent for a very long time. After a 40 minute boat trip we then walked along an easy boardwalk trail for 30 minutes to Anan Creek. We were well protected by rangers carrying rifles... More 

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We had really wonderful 4 hours here after a 30 minute boat ride. You are so close to the bears it's unbelievable. They go about their business of fishing and gorging themselves seemingly unconcerned with the gawkers above them. They do know you are there, don't take your safety lightly. The food chain includes bears, bald eagles, ravens and even... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

If you are looking for an affordable and simply amazing experience, book a trip to Anan Creek Bear Observatory. Alaska Airlines has daily flights from Seattle to Ketchikan or Wrangell. From Ketchikan, it is a 30 minute float plane ride to the observatory. And from Wrangell, it is a 1 hour jet boat ride. When you do go, plan your... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

It's a great ride out there. Rained most of the time. There were only 3 bears & they didn't hang around very long. Check before you make reservations for recent bear activity & fish coming in to spawn.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Spent 4 days recently here photographing bears and birds. The setting is incredible -- black bears against bright green foliage and moss. The interpretive USFS rangers were excellent. They were friendly, knowledgeable, smart, and most importantly they used common sense and did not over react or freak out (like rangers I have seen in NPS bear viewing parks in Alaska).... More 

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Louisville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

we went with Breakaway Adventures. There were two couples on this trip. There’s about a 30 minute ride to the Forest Service dock, followed by 4-5 hours at the observatory itself (personally, I didn’t need to spend that much time there, but others were sorry to leave), so take water to drink. (You are told to leave anything with a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We absoluteky loved our tour of Anan. There were many bears to see, our guides were helpful and took great care of us, whilst ensuring care of the wildlife and environment as well. This was definitely the highlight of of trip to Wrangell.

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