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Anan Creek Bear Observatory

Address: Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK
Phone Number: (907) 874-2323
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Wrangell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation decks & towers, Nature & wildlife areas, Observatories & planetariums, Waterfalls, Lookouts, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Type: Observation decks & towers, Nature & wildlife areas, Observatories & planetariums, Waterfalls, Lookouts, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Buderim, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is my first Tripadvisor review of a day trip to Anan Creek Bear Observatory near Wrangell in Alaska. This is an amazing day trip - DO IT. The main purpose of our visit was for photography - to digitally capture the bears catching salmon in the creek. We live in Australia and I combed the web for information about... More 

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Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I went there with All Aboard Yacht Charters. It is such a remarkable experience with bears literally under your feet. We had a wonderful trail encounter with a Brown Bears as well.

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Staten Island, New York, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

One of the most amazing adventures I've been on to date. Coming from the city I don't have the opportunity to view bears and bald eagles in there natural habitat much so this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I was in awe and couldn't be happier with the people who worked there and my experience. Got... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Our visit to the Anan Creek Bear Observatory was wonderful. When we arrived by boat, there were over a dozen eagles just resting in the trees. The hike to the observatory was lovely. And then there were the bears! It was amazing to see them eat the salmon and climb the rocks (and they were so close). We had such... More 

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MN
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

If you take a tour, make sure you pack an activity bag for your kids (sans snacks) since after they've seen a dozen bears (all we saw were blacks) they will become bored before the tour departs. You aren't allowed to go back and forth without a guide due to on-trail bear encounters, so it's a lot of waiting once... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My husband and I were two of only 20 passengers on the Oceannia Regatta Alaska cruise who were privileged to experience this adventure. By all means, DO THIS, but only if you are comfortable walking on slippery, narrow boardwalks and de barking from a jet boat onto rocks, as there is no dock. We were split into two groups of... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

After a fun float plane trip from Ketchikan we spent several hours at the bear viewing area. We saw several bears while walking on the boardwalk to the viewing area, and 8-10 bears while at the viewing area. The creek was full of salmon so the bears did not even look at us. This is a Great trip to take... More 

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Wasilla, Alaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We had a fantastic boat ride into the Observatory with Alaska Vistas. The observatory itself was a beautiful, tranquil experience. The walk in is through wooded trees and streams, much of it is on a boardwalk. Since we went with a tour company, we had a guide with "bear protection" but found our voices worked well to persuade a young... More 

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We loved our boat ride to AnAn (meaning: "The Place to Sit" according to our guide) with Sylvia, who provided a running historical commentary and stopped in various places to show us an ancient village site, a nesting place for eagles, basking seals. Then our guide to AnAn, Robert, took us through the forest, a 25 minute walk, telling us... More 

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Belleair, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Best black bear experience in Alaska for the buck! We have visited Anan twice with Sylvia at Alaska Vistas, and would recommend them to everyone for the best experience at Anan. Don't miss it!

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