Welcome to Pack Creek Bear Tours
A Program of Alaska Bear Country Guides
September 2015 Update: Our season has ended! September 16th was our last day to visit Pack Creek, and we saw 12 bears- one of the best days of the season!
Reservations for the 2016 season will be available online starting October 1. Trips will operate to Pack Creek daily from May 6-September 12, with a “vacation” (ours, not yours!) from June 12-21 – this is the period least likely to see bears at low elevation. For advance planners who book before November 1 we are keeping the same per person price of $729, and thereafter it will be $789.
With a maximum group size of just 5 people plus a private naturalist-guide in our own 6-seat aircraft, we operate one of the most personalized trips in all of Alaska! We place a high premium on not just trying to see bears in the wild, but to the entire experience of being in the Wilderness in a small group. Explore this website, or just give a call to ask questions: 907-209-5432.
The Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary is one of Alaska’s most accessible, and yet most wild, bear viewing areas. A 25-minute scenic float plane ride from the capital city of Juneau is all it takes to explore what the Tlingit Indians call Kootznoowoo, or Fortress of the Bears. The Pack Creek Bear Tour is a premium package that allows just 2-5 people each day from early-May to mid-September the opportunity to explore some of the most prime bear country on earth and to observe these amazing animals in their natural surroundings.
- 25-minute floatplane flight from Juneau’s International Airport to a remote beach at the edge of the Sanctuary;
- five-six hours spent exploring a half mile of estuarine bear habitat, with a one mile interpretive hike on a moderate trail through pristine old growth forest to an observation tower above the creek;
- maximum of five participants on every tour;
- guided by longtime Alaskan professional naturalists specializing in bear behavior and temperate rain forest natural history;
- fully outfitted, with rubber boots, rain gear (if needed), day pack, binoculars, and healthy lunch with snacks;
- 98% success rate for seeing between 2 – 12 wild bears from early May to early September, which is perhaps the longest season and best chance for observing Brown Bear anywhere in Alaska.
For information on prices and reservations, click here or on the Book It tab above.
Tongass Bear Country Tour.
We are excited to start offering a new custom tour to one of our favorite salmon watersheds on Chichagof Island. The itinerary is similar to Pack Creek, with a 30-minute float plane flight and about 6 hours on the ground with a professional naturalist-guide. This tour involves a solid 3 miles of walking, some of it through tall grass in the tidal estuary, and some on rough bear trails through the towering old growth forest. There are no facilities and no set paths; this is an “edgy” exploration of dense bear country with a good chance of spectacular encounters with bears in their wilderness home, and 100% chance of adventure! Call 907-209-5432 for details, pricing and bookings.
If you are traveling by private yacht or chartering a boat through the Inside Passage, Alaska Bear Country Guides can also fly to your vessel and bring you to Pack Creek, or to one of many other salmon watersheds on the ABC Islands of Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof where some of the highest densities of brown bear can be found anywhere in the world. We can also provide a naturalist-guide to stay on board your vessel for one or more days to provide natural history interpretation, guide a sea kayak outing, or take your family or group ashore to explore bear country wherever you are anchored.
For information, call 907-209-5432 or click here.