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Anan Creek Bear Observatory

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Numerous black bears and one brown bear

We reached Anan by 1 hour jet boat ride from Wrangell, then walked on a kilometer boardwalk... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nicola T
Sydney, Australia
Bear Viewing at its Best!

Our ship had arranged our Anan Bear & Wildlife Observatory excursion while we were docked in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We reached Anan by 1 hour jet boat ride from Wrangell, then walked on a kilometer boardwalk accompanied by a guide. We saw black bears as soon as we reached the platform. There was a lower area "blind" where we spent 15 minutes close to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our ship had arranged our Anan Bear & Wildlife Observatory excursion while we were docked in Wrangell. I did not know beforehand what the name of the tour company was and afterwards I were so pleased with our tour that I asked for the guide's...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2018

In the photo blind, you're within a few feet of bears fishing for salmon in the roaring Anan Creek. From the observation deck above the creek, we had a clear view of a mother bear and her two cubs frolicking on the rocks. Eagles are...More

Thank Paula R
Reviewed August 16, 2018

One of the best things I have ever done, if you have the means I urge you to save up and go do this, was a highlight for us on our day in Ketchikan, we love nature and enjoyed every minute we could observe the...More

Thank Annie264
Reviewed August 15, 2018

The all-day tour to Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory was a highlight because, unlike other tour groups who came and left after 30 minutes, we arrived early and stayed all day. Being the only group on the platform for most of the day ensured we...More

Thank njralston
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Brenda do an outstanding job on arranging and guiding for our three tours with her. These tours are ones not to be missed. The scenery and animals viewed on these tours were outstanding. The best part was being on a small boat with only six...More

Thank c36dick
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Went from Wrangell by speedboat with Alaska Waters during a cruise. The timing worked perfectly. Speedboat left from the cruise dock at 8 am and was back by 2:30 pm in plenty of time to get back on the ship. It took 1.5 hours to...More

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Reviewed August 14, 2018

This was our second time to Anan. Last time we saw a handful of bears; this time there were so many bears everywhere. Cubs, cubs in trees, cubs nursing, mama bears fishing, mamas and cubs right underneath the platform, hundreds of eagles...it was incredible. All...More

Thank Christy1
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Better than I expected. We saw so many different bears at the river. Black and brown together during the morning hours. We saw a mom protecting her cubs and then sitting on a rock breast feeding them. Bears catching salmon in the river, some just...More

1  Thank Doubard
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Thank you USFS for operating an amazing once in a lifetime location to view black and brown bears feeding on salmon in a safe and beautiful setting. Highly recommend.

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March 25, 2018|
Response from judybenvenuti | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We booked our Anan Creek Bear Observatory tour with Alaska Vistas based in Wrangell. It is a short boat ride from there to Anan. Sylvia, John and the entire Alaska Vistas team are the best there is. Enjoy the bears at... More
November 20, 2017|
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Response from Royanne S | Reviewed this property |
We booked this tour and a town tour through Viator. Both were great experiences. Alaska Waters is the direct website. The tour director and family live on Wrangell, longtime residents. Even off-season, we saw bears. The... More
May 26, 2017|
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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