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Anan Creek Bear Observatory

#1 of 16 things to do in Wrangell Features Animals
Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK
+1 907-874-2323
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Most Amazing Wildlife Experience Of My Life!

This is world-class wildlife viewing at it's best. We charted our trip through Alaska Vistas and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jessica P
Sulphur, Louisiana
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From the moment we stepped onboard the fully equipped jet boat, we knew we were in good hands. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Royanne S
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Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK
+1 907-874-2323
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is world-class wildlife viewing at it's best. We charted our trip through Alaska Vistas and couldn't be happier. Our guide, Denny, was a retired Fish & Wildlife Director and his passion for wildlife and knowledge of the area were evident. We arrived at the...More

Thank Jessica P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we stepped onboard the fully equipped jet boat, we knew we were in good hands. The family-owned business showed everyone, from the mother and child to we two seniors, a great time. At AnAn, with a brown bear on the beach, the...More

Thank Royanne S
Reviewed October 6, 2016

With a trip full of wildlife highlights, Anan Creek Bear Observatory is at the top of the list. We were on the Alaskan Dream and had the opportunity to visit Anan Creek Bears. The hike through the woods is interesting and scenic. We saw tons...More

4  Thank 7WooHoos
Reviewed September 9, 2016

This Observatory is reached by a boat trip, and then a lengthy walk on a boardwalk flanked by men with guns. One must keep up with the group, so a level of fitness is required. We saw several black bears, but no brown bears on...More

4  Thank lizzy122015
Reviewed September 8, 2016

We dreamed about seeing brown bears in Alaska and this was our first visit. We stayed at a "Home Away from Home" in Wrangle and the owner, Bonnie Ritchie, recommended "Alaska Vistas" to us. Sylvia, the boat captain and co-owner was knowledgeable, safe, and friendly....More

5  Thank snowladyOregon
Reviewed September 7, 2016

We flew in by float plane from Ketchikan, about a 30 minute flight each way. It was magical to be able to watch the drama unfold in the life of bears, from the blind next to the river to the platform above it. We spent...More

3  Thank Robert C
Reviewed September 6, 2016

1.5 hrs by Jet boat from Wrangell to Anan creek then 1.2 miles hike thru the rainforest from the beach of Anan bay to the Observatory platform. A good number of Bears seen but not much salmon for them to feed this 1st week July....More

2  Thank Ernie-Hai
Reviewed September 1, 2016

An expensive but once in a lifetime experience. This is a must do if you travel to Wrangell. I mean, you may literaly come face to face with black bears. In any case you will see many many bears fishing, fighting over territory, many cubs...More

1  Thank Cathy O
Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

One of the primary reasons that we two couples included Wrangell in a recent 3 week, 6 port, self guided tour of the Inside Passage was the Anan Bear observatory, based on TA reviews. The weather was surprisingly clear that day, not that the bears...More

3  Thank RandiRA
Reviewed August 30, 2016

we went mid of August with Breakaway Adventures and it was worth the money. The boat trip from Wrangell is about 50 minutes and then a short hike to the viewing platform. On that day, we've only seen a few black bears. One of them...More

2  Thank StefanS71
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Catherine H
May 26, 2017|
Response from Yair G | Reviewed this property |
We arrived on a boat tour from Wrangell - about 45 minutes one way. There are several tour operators in town offering basically the same tour, you should choose based on availability on your dates and the overall time spent... More
January 11, 2017|
Response from Yair G | Reviewed this property |
Peak season in Anan starts in early July. I believe you can find tours going there in July but not sure what will be your chances to see nears on the creek if the salmon is not running. I suggest you consult with the local... More