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AnAn Bear & Wildlife Observatory Day Tour from Wrangell AK
AnAn Bear & Wildlife Observatory Day Tour from Wrangell AK - Photo © Ivan Simonek
Take this tour to experience the excitement of World Class bear viewing from spacious observation decks overlooking two cascading waterfalls.
Please Note: The USFS will be revising the AnAn Permit System and permits for this AnAn Adventure and permits will have to be acquired much earlier in the season. They will be releasing the permits in early January and when they are gone, there will be no more. So, it is crucial that you get your AnAn Bear tour request in as soon as possible.
Each summer, thousands of spawning salmon attract Brown Bears, Black Bears, Bald Eagles, and seals that feed in the lagoon. AnAn Bear and Wildlife Observatory offers an excellent, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view and photograph Alaskan wildlife in their natural habitat. While at the observatory, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the bears, bald eagles and harbor seals feast on the Pacific pink salmon.
Your tour will depart on a covered and heated jet boat from Wrangell, Alaska, traveling 35 miles via the Eastern Passage to the AnAn trailhead. It's approximately a one hour boat ride, a scenic journey in the protected waters between Wrangell Island and the Mainland. Upon arrival, there is a half mile (20 minute) walk on a US Forest Service regulated trail (rated “moderately difficult”) to the observatory, where guests will stay for 3 hours. We suggest guests bring a snack or meal for the boat ride. Food is not allowed on shore.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests for this tour must be submitted a minimum of 62 days prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
Guests and guides will off-load in a tidal area. At the trailhead, US Forest Service personnel will meet guests and provide a brief orientation. If asked, guests will need to present identification (photo ID, drivers license, passport, etc.).
Accompanied by Alaskan guides, a maximum of 10 guests at a time will then traverse the half mile trail. The trail consists of a narrow boardwalk without handrails - including 307 steps - and covers a diverse landscape. Those with a fear of heights or balance issues may be concerned with the steep hills that occasionally appear on the side of the boardwalk.
Walking sticks are available upon request, but guests must be able to walk well. Guides will not be able to assist with walking, as their concern and responsibility is safety around the bears. The bears enjoy utilizing the trail as much as guests and guides do, thus guides will manage the guests to allow a bear to pass by. The bears have their own personalities; some are tolerant of people but others are not. Your guides are trained to identify the different bears, anticipate their actions and manage encounters.
Both Black & Brown Bears, Bald Eagles and Harbor Seals intermingle at AnAn Creek, a mere 10 meters distance from the observatory deck. AnAn Creek has the earliest Pink Salmon run of the season, drawing Alaska’s predators to fish within close parameters of each other, a rare occurrence in the wild. These conditions make for an amazing experience. The various wildlife have little regard for the people watching them and most fish within a few feet of the observation deck, allowing priceless photo opportunities. A photo blind is located directly on AnAn Creek below the observation deck, where guests can take up-close photos of the bears and eagles catching fish.
Alaskans guide all of these tours. The guides have extensive knowledge of the area as well as knowledge of the local flora and fauna. All guides have Emergency Trauma Technician (or higher) medical certification. All guides are licensed, certified by the US Coast Guard, and all tour operations are fully insured. Safety is the highest priority in all these activities.
Tour permits are limited in number; please book early so you won't be disappointed!
This tour does not offer hotel pick-up; departure is from the Stikine Inn (details on your E-Ticket). Custom trips can be arranged, based on availability. Please order online or call to order or for more information.
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