Anan Wildlife Observatory

(907) 247-1305
info@familyairtours.com
10% Discount for 2014 Tours/Trips
Booked and Paid for Prior To
March 15, 2014 extended to April 15, 2014
or
4 people for the price of 3 people


Last year I flew some friends to Anan Creek to view the bears that congregate there to eat salmon in preparation for their winter snooze. Now, they're not guides and have had little experience with bears but they had a great time - saw and photographed bears, salmon, seals, and eagles in their natural habitat and still haven't stopped talking about their experience at Anan Creek.

footage of flight & Anan bears
taken by happy guests
George& Annie

Anan has become a permitted site. This means that everyone going to Anan must have a permit and only 64 people per day will be allowed to visit the site. These permits are gobbled up fast, so don't procrastinate, as soon as you've decided to go, give us a call to book your trip.

Due to the type of permits available we cannot offer to guide you on one of these trips. We can, however, transport you to Anan Creek where you can see the bears just like my friends did. The photos on this page share that trip with you
.

The flight is 30 to 40 minutes through the Tongass National Forest and along Behm Canal and Ernest Sound. On a clear day (yes, we have some in Ketchikan) you will see majestic mountains in the distance, virgin forest, islands dense with greenery, muskeg (bogs), and lots of lakes and water.

The plane lands at Anan Bay and while we taxi to the beach you will see eagles in the trees (one time I counted 230), and fish & seals in the water. As you get off the floatplane, you will be met by a Forest Service Ranger who briefs you on what to expect on your hike to the viewing platform. The hike to the platform is about 20 minutes on a boardwalk and gravel/dirt trail. Along the way you will be surrounded by old growth forest and a fresh water stream packed with salmon going upstream to spawn! Truly the wilds of Southeast Alaska! At the platform there is another Ranger who supervises the platform and a photo blind. You will be able to spend 1.5 to 2 hours at the observatory, depending on your transit time on the trail and actual flight time to Anan.

When you go on this adventure you should wear sturdy boots or shoes and bring rain gear. After all, this is a rainforest. A camera and plenty of film is a must. Please turn off the camera's flash so as not to startle the bears. You may not take any food or drinks on the trail except water. And lastly, prepare yourself for a fun and wondrous experience in a true Alaskan wilderness.

Before you come please familiarize yourself with the US Forest Service's page on safely viewing bears.

Transportation price for this adventure is
$485.00 per person (this includes permits)
2 person minimum/4person maximum.

To reserve the plane exclusively for your party / three person minimum.

The entire adventure is about 5 hours, this may be amended by special arrangement.

You may also want to add on a flight through the Misty Fjords National Monument (weather permitting) ... an additional $110.00 per person and adds approximately one half hour to the tour.

This year we are also offering add on flights to the LeConte Glacier (weather permitting). This is the southern most tidewater glacier in the U.S. and is surrounded by truely magnificent peaks (see pictures below) and adds approximately one hour to the tour... an additional $195.00 per person.


 

"We flew with you to Anan Creek and Misty Fords the first weekend of August. The bear watching activity was our first adventure of our 17-day trip to Alaska, and although we knew the adventure of seeing the grizzlies just across from us in the photo blind for an hour and a half was pretty extraordinary, we didn't know at that time that it would be the highlight of our whole trip! Thank you again."

F & D
Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

Just Walking Along Cubs watching

Take lots of pictures
Inside Photo Blind

Black Bear Playing
Playing in woods

Black Bear Fishing
Bear Fishing


Salmon in Stream


Anan Creek Trail


Bear in woods


well fed Bear


Eagle at falls

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Family Air Tours
Sightseeing, Lake Trips & Air Charter
Dave Rocke
P.O. Box 8
514
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
907-247-1305

Family Air tours, LLC operates under permits from the USDA Forest Service
and is an equal opportunity service provider


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with assistance from Rainforest Web Design

cubs, trail and eagle pictures this page by Jay Beckner
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