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A must for any trip to Juneau

I recently visited Juneau for the first time and I’m so glad my trip included going out to... read more

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We were in Juneau for a family trip and the Pack Creek Bear Tour was our most anticipated excursion... read more

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Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

Jeff was our guide and Alec was our pilot in the float plane that took us to and from the island. Jeff guided us along the water during high tide to get to the viewing area, an area that all guides will not go beyond - this ensures safety for us viewing and allows the bears a consistent area to expect people. We saw bears come to the stream and then heard a noise behind us. Yes, another bear! But once she saw us, she went back into the woods with her 3 young cubs and went around us to the stream (whew! Glad we had Jeff there to keep us safe). We watched 9 bears play and fish and took numerous pictures and watched close up with binoculars and scopes; Jeff helped to set up the scope for optimal viewing and told us about the bears. Take a good camera for the best pictures. Taking the float plane back to Juneau, Alec pointed out some humpback whales. Also there were numerous rainbows so look out the windows at the incredible sights as well!!

Date of experience: August 2017
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Dan K, General Manager at Pack Creek Bear Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2017

Bears, whales and rainbows: What a day! Thanks for your review!

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Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

It's hard to write this review as we only saw one bear, who slept for 3 hours and had a fleeting glimpse of a mother bear and two cubs. We were really disappointed as we'd booked this tour from Australia 9 months prior. That said, we realise that nature was against us. A combination of heavy rainfall for the preceding 3 days and higher than normal tides, sent the bears elsewhere. We did have a lovely walk through some old growth forest to the bear tower and Meyer, our guide, did give us some great information on the ecosystem and bears generally. I realise bears are wild animals and we are in their habitat and there can be no guarantee of sightings, but in hindsight I did feel there should have been a back-up plan when it became clear that there was going to be no action around the tower.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Dan K, General Manager at Pack Creek Bear Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2017

Michael,

This highlights one of our great challenges: balancing a desire to get close to the bears while keeping them comfortable with our presence. From my conversations with your guide, it sounds like the bear was resting in such close proximity to you that it made sense to stay put as long as possible in an attempt to avoid displacing the bear. It's a situation I've encountered as well, when a bear decides to rest just out of sight, but in the direction I want to go. It's a tough one!

Working with our managing partners, The U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, we seek to minimize displacing bears from their normal activities. In this way we seek to continue a situation where bears are accustomed to seeing people and feel comfortable to continue to use the important resources there. We sometimes have to modify our plans to let the bears do what they need to do.

I hope you'll come again and that the elements will be on your side!

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Reviewed August 27, 2017

We didn't pick the best time of year (the salmon had not started to run) but we sure had an adventure watching the bears. We viewed six bears in total, including one cow with two cubs. The weather cooperated until we were ready for departure, then the wind picked up and a light mist fell. Half of the bears were digging for butter clams on the shoreline and half were sunning and eating grass in the field at the mouth of the creek. I will definitely be back for this experience. Especially during the salmon run!

Date of experience: May 2017
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Dan K, General Manager at Pack Creek Bear Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2017

Glad you enjoyed it! Honestly, I love the early season. May in particular can be excellent when the bears are just emerging and we even see courtship behaviors. Also! The weather is usually nicer earlier in the year. Come back for some fish in July too!

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Reviewed August 18, 2017

Dan, the manager, was great to work with! We had to call him multiple times with questions and he was very knowledgeable. Our tour got cancelled twice two days in a row due to unsafe weather to fly in. But, Dan was helpful and accommodating and gave us other ideas of things to do in Juneau as well. He even offered to help us set up other tours for the day since we couldn't do the bear tour our first day. The 3rd day the weather cooperated and we were able to go and it definitely didn't disappoint! It's a small group and Dan was a great teacher willing to answer any and all our many questions. They make sure you have the right rain gear so you're not cold sitting out while you watch the bears. We did the Waterfall creek tour and it was the perfect timing, not too long, not too short. The Pack Creek sounds great as well, but I honestly think they are both equally great. Riding in the sea plane was a pretty unforgettable experience as well. The only thing is we wish we could've gone closer to the bears! I would say this is best for older children, like teenagers and up. I think younger children would have a difficult time sitting still for as long as you need to and wouldn't be able to appreciate what they're seeing.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Dan K, General Manager at Pack Creek Bear Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2017

Heya! Glad we were able to get you out there!! Thanks again for your patience and flexibility too. I was excited to get out there with you. We definitely recommend some leeway in August especially so that we can get out in safe conditions.

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Reviewed August 5, 2017

The trip to Admiralty Island was the highlight of our Alaska holiday. Starting with a fantastic seaplane trip to the island, we spent about 5 hours on there and visited the creek tower and the creek outlet viewing spots and saw 19 bears in total. The experience was surreal, from tramping through the bush to the viewing sites, with prevalent / obvious bear markings and signs along the trails, to watching in awe as the bears frolicked in the creek chasing and devouring salmon. Bjorn our guide was fantastic and knowledgeable and made us feel safe and made the experience very special. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Dan K, General Manager at Pack Creek Bear Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2017

Wow! What a day.
All of our guides are part bear, but maybe none more so than Bjorn...
Thanks for the review and glad you had a great adventure!

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