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Anan Creek Bear Observatory

Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK
(907) 874-2323
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Wrangell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Observatories/ Planetariums, Waterfalls, Lookouts
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Thank-you to Slyvia and her team at Alaska Vistas for a wonderful day visiting the AnAn creek bear observatory. We were a party of 10 -extended family and friends including teenagers. Alaska Vistas collected us from our accomodation, organised a stop off at the local supermarket for us to get lunch items as we had arrived too late the night... More

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Gulfport, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Loved, loved, loved our visit to Anan! Bears, salmon, eagles, knowledgeable Forest Service workers: what else could you ask for? So much fun, and so interesting! Just wish we could have stayed a couple of hours more. Just FYI, if you are a real bear enthusiast, check into renting the Forest Service cabin on the property. It's rustic, no electricity,... More

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Wraxall, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Loved it all! Nothing we did not like it was all very exciting guides were nice and kept us safe. Got to see alot.

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Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Anan Bear Observatory is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. The eagles swooping, the salmon run swimming upstream, the nice hike into the large deck, the photo box on the stream, the bear milling about...it's all just incredible. Visit Breakawayadventures.com or get ahold of Captain Eric and his staff, who can set up your trip of all trips. Be... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We were in Alaska on a cruise and decided to try and see some bears (long before we left). I began planning about 6 months in advance which is not too early to if you want to see Anan Creek Observatory because you need passes to get in. We used Family Air Charter www.familyairtours.com and Dave was great. He was... More

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Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you have never seen bears eating salmon and you like crowds of people this is for you. If you like natural bears acting in a natural way without the stress of people and other bears killing the cubs then look someplace else. Just to see bears go to Neets Bay. To observe bears and have a good time look... More

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Winslow, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We visited this fantastic place in July, 2013. It didn't take long to see several bears and a few cubs. One bear climbed a tree for a nap. Another settled in close to the observatory deck while having his lunch. This is a place to definitely go again. It was a bit pricey, but as the forest service only allows... More

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UK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Fantastic place to visit to see both Brown and Black bears up close is what we were told. We did not realise just how close you get to them. Trip starts with a jet boat trip which is exciting in it's own right but then the walk along the boardwalk with a very knowledgable guide and the stay at the... More

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Duluth
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

We visited the Anan Creek observatory in early August. We took the tour through our cruise ship, the Regatta. We almost were unable to go since we had been wait listed even though we had signed up for the tour in April. Living in Northern Minnesota, we see wild bears all the time, there is one that visits our backyard.... More

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Illinois or Panama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This was one of our favorites during an almost monthlong trip to Alaska. The US Forest Service only allows 60 permits a day for visitors and from the minute we stepped off the boat, we saw bears -- first grizzly bear cubs playing & then swimming, then LOTS of black and brown bears, including a moma and her cubs devouring... More

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