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Reviewed November 19, 2017

Our entire two week trip to Alaska was centered around the Pack Creek Bear Tour

We booked it with Ken Leghorn (who has since passed) approximately a year in advance...This is suggested as slots are extremely limited

Our float plane trip with filled with the most amazing views

Our guide, Bjorn was perfect...Very knowledgeable and very much concerned about the safety of the group

A once in a lifetime journey made all the more memorable by Pack Creek Bear Tours

Awesome!

Date of experience: July 2017
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Dan K, General Manager at Pack Creek Bear Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

Thanks for your review Randy!
I'll pass your compliments along to Bjorn.
Dan

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Reviewed September 24, 2017

In mid August my wife and I took our highly anticipated float plane trip from Juneau to Admiralty island to hopefully experience wild bears up close. Our guide for this trip was Hanna. She was very knowledgeable and and reassuring.
WOW. Was good fortune on our side. When we arrived on the island and headed towards our viewing area there was already one large female bear there with two cubs. The mother bear was catching salmon in the nearby steam and then her and her cubs would feast on the fish. We were about 75 meters from these bears.
Within five minutes we spotted another large female bear and two cubs running through the grass heading almost directly towards us. As we remained still and quiet at our viewing place these new arrivals trotted along and came to within about 25-30 meters from us. As they crossed directly in front of us the two cubs stopped and each stood up for a few seconds and then in unison they moved off with their mother where she also started catching salmon. To have these magnificent animals fishing and lounging around so close to us was totally amazing. We watched these six bear for well over an hour or so. Later several other individual bears appeared coming down the stream towards us as they in turn were catching salmon.
Later we walked several kilometers inland to a viewing tower. Although no bears were visible from that location we did hear the loud sound of a bear growling in the woods as we started that walk. We eventually returned to our initial viewing area and there were still a mother and two cubs nearby. It was an unbelievable and unforgettable experience that will stay with us forever. The video footage of the bear and cubs running in towards us and then standing close by is amazing.
This was the highlight of our trip through Alaska, the Rocky Mountains and New York.
Yes it is expensive but well worth it.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Dan K, General Manager at Pack Creek Bear Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2017

Thanks for your review!
We have a small crew of guides that we trust to the hilt for their experience and skill making each trip enjoyable and special. Of course, every trip to Pack Creek is unique and special! While it doesn't happen of every trip, having a close encounter like that is really really excellent. Glad you had a good time.

Dan

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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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