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Anan Creek Bear Observatory

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Address: Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK
Phone Number: (907) 874-2323
Activities: Viewing wildlife

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I have been to Anan twice. both times were an absolute blast! There were over 1000 picture opportunities and lots of really cute sights of bears and baby cubs. This si s MUST... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Denton, Texas
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Denton, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I have been to Anan twice. both times were an absolute blast! There were over 1000 picture opportunities and lots of really cute sights of bears and baby cubs. This si s MUST SEE when you are in the Wrangell area.

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Buderim, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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10 helpful votes 10 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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47 helpful votes 47 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
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6 helpful votes 6 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
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6 helpful votes 6 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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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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