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The Wild Bears of Anan

Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory - a natural adventure in bear viewing! Beginning of July - end of August, Pink Salmon arrive at Anan creek to spawn. At this time, Anan Creek is teeming with salmon on their way to spawn upstream. This naturally attracts Brown and Black Bears, Bald Eagles and Harbor Seals. Travel by covered, heated boats the thirty-five miles to Anan via Eastern Passage, a beautiful boat ride in protected waters between Wrangell Island and the Mainland. Arriving at Anan, you will offload at the trailhead and be greeted by US Forest Service personnel, who will provide a brief orientation.

The walk into the Observatory takes about 20-30 minutes and is approximately 1/2 mile in length. The trail is mostly boardwalk with over 300 steps in groups of 2-5 at a time and reasonably flat with bridges over waterways but is still a partially rough forest trail. All of our Guides are local Wrangell, Alaska residents with extensive wilderness experience. Your guide will interpret local flora and fauna. Every day is different, we are in nature and things happen in a natural way. If we are to capitalize on the opportunities, we must be flexible. Sturdy, water resistant shoes are a must on this trip." (offered by permit and in season end of June - end of August only)

Stikine River Jet Boat Association


Photo by Nancy Bay

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