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Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site

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Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District, Hyder, AK 99923
+1 250-636-2367
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Travellers talk about
“day pass” (9 reviews)
“salmon run” (7 reviews)
“watch bears” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District, Hyder, AK 99923
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+1 250-636-2367
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"day pass"
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"salmon run"
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"watch bears"
in 5 reviews
"forest service"
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"chum salmon"
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"life cycle"
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"black beans"
in 16 reviews
"bear sightings"
in 3 reviews
"catching fish"
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"saw black bears"
in 2 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 2 reviews
"salmon glacier"
in 8 reviews
"bald eagles"
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"stewart hyder"
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"spawning"
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"platform"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The park service manages a viewing area next to the river. We were there about 7 pm and about to leave an hour or so later when a grizzly showed up. He was within 50 yards. It was completely safe. The salmon had not started...More

1  Thank Tim D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the first week of July. Alas, no bears no salmon to be seen. Disappointment ... but, nature does not work on our schedule.

1  Thank The B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bit too early for the bears, will plan to come back. Friendly staff, great boardwalk. Whoever came up with this idea got it right.

Thank Dana G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can only imagine what it's like to watch bears fish for salmon at Fish Creek. Visitors watch from a boardwalk above the stream. This year I am early and the fish (and bears) are late. I will have to double back in a couple...More

1  Thank SockFour
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Walking along the boardwalk in this area is very beautiful. Spent some time just looking at the forest, creek, etc. The site was created for observing bears when they are catching fish during the salmon runs. An incredible experience!!!

1  Thank virginias729
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Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

When we visited the fish hadn’t arrived , so no hears were there, saw a Beaver building his wall which the park supervisor was pulling down to lower the water level. Ended up riding to Salmon Glacier 18 miles past the wildlife observatory. Now that...More

Thank Gary J
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

The bears weren't catching fish for the three hours I was there but had fun talking to people from all over the world and enjoying the scenery. I saw about 20 bears and some up close driving from the highway to Stewart and that was...More

1  Thank ArcticMoonBeam
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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

What an experience! Brown and black bears trading places on the water to eat the salmon! First thoughts: This isn't a zoo! Even during the height of the salmon run, you may go several hours without seeing a bear. There is more to the site...More

Thank PeteLikesFishing
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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

This is a good site to watch bears and other animals from a safe platform. The rangers have been really nice and answered every question. Saw one bear

Thank Anne1617
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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

We visited the creek in August for three days. You really need to visit early morning (< 800) or late afternoon (> 1800) to have good viewings. During the day changes are low. We saw six bears fishing! But it takes patience, no easy one...More

Thank Rirrir
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jejeA47
June 17, 2018|
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Response from Tim D |
No. Just $5 and some luck we were about to leave as it was approaching 8 pm or so and to our luck a Grizzly Showed up. It turned out to be worth the wait.
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eg214
June 18, 2017|
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Response from powell2765 | Reviewed this property |
We were there Aug. 8th lots of fish and both bears. One mother had 3 cubs and what a thrill watching them perform right in front of us. The salmon have to be running and they will be there all day not just morning and night.
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