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Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site

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Address: Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District, Hyder, AK
Phone Number:
+1 250-636-2367
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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A secure and educational way of watching grizzlys in their natural environment. Staff is very helpful and professional. We bought a three day pass and watched three different... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
Louise B
Campbell River, Canada
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Campbell River, Canada
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

A secure and educational way of watching grizzlys in their natural environment. Staff is very helpful and professional. We bought a three day pass and watched three different bears each night

Thank Louise B
Aarschot, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This place is only fun when the bears are around. The salmon was gone when we were here, and then there is not much to see at the observation point. Though, it is made to see bears up close, so much be exciting when they are around.

Thank marijkeverhasselt
Campbelltown, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Fish Creek Observation site is the place bears come to fish it is on the outskirts of Hyder which the Americans proudly say is a Ghost Town. If you are lucky you can get to see a bear fishing though the time I was there they were arriving earlier than the opening hours of the viewing area but the evidence... More 

Thank worwon
Hyder, Alaska
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Take advantage of the opportunity to stroll down the fish Creek board walk and bear viewing area. For a moderate fee, you get a chance to see grizzly bears up close, catching their fill of salmon in preparation for winter

Thank mejohnny93
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72 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Much thanks to the rangers at the Fish Creek Wildlife Boardwalk! You guys have so much patience dealing with "bear paparazzi" from all over the world. My husband and I visited the week of Sept 10, somewhat after the big salmon trip up river. We got there at 7am and was greeted by a young skinny Griz crossing the road... More 

Thank DHPhotography
Prince Rupert, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Great spot to see Salmon spawning and bears in the wild catching salmon. It took us a couple of visits before we saw a bear despite being in peak season. You don't really need a long lens camera as the bears can be quite close to the boardwalk, but a zoom is handy to focus past the crowds. Best time... More 

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Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Canada
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199 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Wanted to make sure we stopped here with the kids. Awesome place, followed the raised boardwalk above the river system that keeps you save from the bears, and us away from them. amazing view of the spawning happening in the river from life to death, great eco system. Watched for black bears with the other large groups of people with... More 

Thank bigcahoon
Port Angeles, Washington
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6 reviews
Reviewed 17 September 2016

By the time we were at Fish Creek in late August, the Bears were really tired of eating Salmon, so we did not see Bears from the viewing platform area. However it was fascinating to see hundreds of Pink and Chum Salmon still spawning, dying or dead. Nature's true circle of life!

Thank maramQ8424KX
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

No-one's fault, but there were no bears and hadn't been for the 2 days prior to our visit - plenty of salmon, both dead and alive. Just bad luck. Bears are obviously expected, as professional photographers appeared to have settled in and must be patient. However, the set-up is good, offering great views of the creek and protecting humans from... More 

Thank Phillip L
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We visited early September and saw soooo many spawning salmon. The boardwalk is a great idea and a safe way to view the bears feeding on the salmon. Lots of great info on the salmon in the area and their life cycle. A must visit at the right time of year - end August to early September

Thank Ferntrekker

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