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“Bear Watching” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fish Creek Bear Watch

Fish Creek Bear Watch
Hyder, AK
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Hyder
Park City, Utah
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“Bear Watching”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The facilities are perfect and the boardwalk is wide. Unfortunately, we arrived after the major salmon run, so the only grizzly I saw was a distance down the stream. However, the day before, some viewers got great photos of wolves chasing a bear across the stream, road, and up the mountain! Then, the wolves were catching the salmon. Sorry we missed it.

Visited September 2013
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“Grizzlies and black bears”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Wonderful location and scenery with black and brown bears fishing salmons. Only con is perhaps the crowd.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting, if the bears cooperate!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We visited the Bear Watch several times over about 3 days on a recent visit to the area. We only got to see one young grizzly, and he didn't really try very hard to catch fish. The fish themselves were interesting, but I was hoping for more of a show. (I do realize that these are not trained bears putting on a scheduled show, but from what some other people had said, I did expect to see a little more action.)

Visited July 2013
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“See Bears Up Close”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Just outside the small British Columbia town of Stewart you pass through the Alaskan border town of Hyder. Both are small, turn of the century fishing and logging villages with tons of character and history. Of course the scenery is just spectacular with glaciers, waterfalls, rugged mountains and the ocean.
Travel a few miles down a well-maintained gravel road and you will find Fish Creek and the Fish Creek Alaskan Brown Grizzly viewing platforms. The Alaskan Forestry Service operates the viewing area.
It is very well organized and laid out perfectly for safely viewing these bears as they feed on migrating salmon spawning in the river. The platforms also offer some degree of privacy for the feeding bears preventing them from becoming acclimatized to human interaction. There is a small entrance fee for the area. During the salmon spawn on Fish Creek you are almost guaranteed to see these magnificent animals stalk and catch salmon. However, depending on the salmon numbers, you may have to wait a few hours patiently visiting the numerous visitors until the bears come along. If you’re lucky you may see a wolf or two hunting these salmon. Best times for viewing are early in the morning and evenings before dark.
The whole trip to Stewart and the visit to Fish Creek are well worth the extra drive.

Visited July 2012
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