Welcome to Pack Creek Bear Tours
A Program of Alaska Bear Country Guides
July 2015 Update: After many exploratory trips, we have added a new bear tour which we can operate nearly daily from end of July to mid-September, and are calling it Tongass Bear Country. See details below!
At Pack Creek, the chum run has peaked and the pink salmon are coming in strong at Pack Creek! With a maximum group size of just 5 people plus a private naturalist-guide, we are now almost completely booked through the middle of August, although on some days one space is available still. Good viewing usually continues until Sept. 10-15. Check availability on our Book It tab by entering date and group size, or just give a call to 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 mid-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 an optional 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 daily 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, and is priced the same at $729. 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 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.