Bear Watching In Alaska

Bear Watching In Alaska

Alaska offer bear sightings and wilderness adventures in the most remote areas of any state in the country. Alaska is home to more than 35,000 brown bears and 50,000 black bears. Katmai National Park and the Tongass National Forest, both located in the state, as well as Vancouvers Great Bear Rainforest, offer the best bear viewing opportunities available anywhere in the world. Famous Brooks Falls is one of the best places to get a great bear sighting in Alaska. One of the best places to watch for brown bears is Pack Creek Bear Watching area in Admiralty Island. To watch the brown bears in action, go to the islands Pack Creek Bear Refuge, located at the northeast corner of Admiralty Island. The location, located on Admiralty Island, is located on the Alaskan Coast off the town of Juneau. The site, is easily one of the easiest bear-watching locations in the world to access.


For the best views, go to a viewing stand at View Spit on the mouth of Pack Creek, or hike one mile inland through old-growth forest to the top of Observation Tower. The viewing platform offers sweeping views over the region, and allows for viewing of bears & wildlife on trails & in the woods alongside the falls. There are two primary locations to view bears in the Anan Creek, a viewing point on a small outcrop near the creeks mouth, looking out over a tidal plain to the far side, and the viewing tower, reached via a short path, way back into the woods. You will be guided by an experienced guide to a viewing spit, where bears gather. Here, you will be given several hours of guided time to watch the bears from a viewing stand on the side of the river in Katmai National Park.

Some of the most popular bear viewing tours leave from communities such as Anchorage, Kodiak, Homer, and Juneau, visiting such popular bear viewing destinations as Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Clark National Park, Denali National Park, and the Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area. Unlike many of our competitors that provide overcrowded Alaskan bear viewing tours, Chinitna Bay Bear Tours allows you to experience a less crowded, more remote wilderness wildlife tour in Lake Clark National Park. Chinitna Bay Bear Tours, featuring Alaska Game Fishers, is an established Bear Watching Guide service, licensed by the National Park Service as a Commercial Operator, offering the best bear watching trips to Alaska.

There are a few ways to see bears when visiting Alaska, with the most popular being a Fly-In Experience over Cook Inlet, visiting places such as Chinitna Bay, Katmai National Park, or Clark Lake National Park. Most guides would definitely recommend this adventure from Anchorage as Katmai National Park is one of the prettiest parks in Alaska, and you are bound to see some bears. With this Anchorage plane adventure tour, you will be flying right into the best bear-viewing area of the park. Bears are all over Alaska, so there is the opportunity to see them with other types of trips, such as flight-seeing tours, ATV rides, and even day-long cruises.

Most Alaskan tour guides have years of experience with the bears out in Alaska’s wilderness. Experienced guides that were born and raised on the islands, or who have decades of experience in the region, will take you to the best bear-watching spots in the area.


Whether you are a professional photographer, nature lover, first-time visitor to Alaska, or Alaskan for life -- you are guaranteed to be impressed with these amazing bears in their natural habitat. If you are aware of which foods bears prefer to eat, and when this food is the most abundant, available, and nutritious, you can find plenty of areas within Katmai National Park and Preserve to watch these fascinating animals.

At Katmai National Park, scientists are able to study bears in their natural habitat, visitors are able to enjoy unmatched viewing opportunities, and bears are able to go about their life cycles mostly undisturbed. Three Wildlife Viewing Platforms along the Brooks River provide safe, dramatic opportunities for viewing the wilderness, minimizing our potential impacts on brown bears. The viewing platforms in adjacent Brooks Camp provide closer-up views of the bears. The Lookout Platform gives you spectacular views for the best bear sightings in Alaska and is a great place to take photos of the black bears as they feast down below.

The viewing platform is located over a waterfall in Margaret Creek, which is the prime spot for viewing black bears fishing for salmon as they head up a fast-moving waterfall. Black bears head up a fast- moving waterfall. The Anan Wildlife Observatory is one of the only places in the world to see brown bears and black bears together, feeding on thousands of spawning salmon, and is best visited early July to mid-August. One of the highlights of our Crystal Creek Lodge adventure itineraries is a guided bear viewing tour on the Katmai coast.

For a trip with perhaps the most bears of any other place on earth, as well as other amazing wildlife species, and some of the best fishing on the continent, check out our Inner Passage Retreat trip. Regal Air offers a variety of different bear-viewing excursions on land that can fit your schedule and desires; from watching bears at waterfalls or in grasslands, grizzly or brown bear sightings, walking or riding an ATV, a half-day or full-day, or anything else you may want, our bear-viewing excursions are guaranteed to be the highlight of your vacation. While Ketchikan Alaska bear watching is mostly done by floatplanes in remote areas, opportunities exist to view bears on tours by van, bus, or taxicab, on zipline tours, and other tours around Ketchikan.

I love watching, not bear hunting. I have always felt that if you can count the number of a particular group of animals then they are too few of them.  Alaska is home to more than 35,000 brown bears, 50,000 black bear and 30,000 Grizzly bears. I am a hunter. I hunt with my camera on my Apple iPhone. Happy hunting.