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Anan Creek Bear Observatory

Features Animals
Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK
+1 907-874-2323
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Great experience with knowledgeable people respectful of the environment they gave us access to... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
A MUST SEE - once in a lifetime event

Must book the minute you know you want to go - observatory is only open from July 5 - Aug 25 each... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2017
Shelly L
Baltimore, Maryland
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“photo blind” (13 reviews)
“salmon” (60 reviews)
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Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK
+1 907-874-2323
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Great experience with knowledgeable people respectful of the environment they gave us access to. Safety for both visitors and bears a priority.

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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Must book the minute you know you want to go - observatory is only open from July 5 - Aug 25 each year & ONLY accommodates 60 people per day. We were privileged to spend the day here through Uncruises. Watching black & brown bears...More

Thank Shelly L
Reviewed 19 September 2017

The platforms, especially the lower blind, enable easy watching and close photography of the bears meandering the hillside and fishing in the creek. The creek with its moss covered rocks and trees is particularly beautiful and an excellent backdrop for bear watching and photography.

Thank Bruce R
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The National Park service has done a fantastic job on this location. Situated in a lovely spot over a fast flowing creek where are are almost guaranteed to see bears hunting for fish. Over 90 minutes it was non stop bear action. And a really...More

Thank Kem C
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We were guided to Anan Creek by Bob at AK Charters & Adventure, which I highly, highly recommend. It was a small party of six people so we could have personalized time and get to know each other. The ride over was informative with all...More

Thank LisaSheaMA
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit. Got to see the bears up close including bear cubs with their mums. A great place to observe the bears catching and gorging themselves on the abundance of salmon. A must see whilst in Wrangell.

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We booked through Alaska Waters. Not cheap but an unforgettable experience. The bears have learned to accept and ignore visitors - they just get on with the business of picking salmon from the river. It was a massive eye-opener to see them so relaxed, rather...More

1  Thank Hamish7Cam
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Seeing the bears up close was so amazing! You feel safe and it is such a fun way to see nature! I will definitely go back!

Thank tokar2017
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Beyond description. Don't.miss this place! You need a guide who has to get a permit. We went with Alaska Waters who did a great job.

Thank EWashDC59
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I can't rate the experience we had there highly enough. We booked the tour to Anan Creek Observatory with Alaska Vistas and everything about the day was top notch. The weather put on her summer finery so we were off to a great start. Alaska...More

Thank MissJane26
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20 November 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
Catherine H
26 May 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
11 January 2017|
Response from Yair G | Reviewed this property |
Peak season in Anan starts in early July. I believe you can find tours going there in July but not sure what will be your chances to see nears on the creek if the salmon is not running. I suggest you consult with the local... More