by Klondike Kid

Anan Creek Black & Brown Bear Viewing Opportunities

Wrangell Ranger District - Tongass National Forest

Located on the Cleveland Peninsula, about 34 miles southeast of Wrangell, Anan Creek possesses a significant pink salmon run. These spawning migrations are partially blocked by a waterfall about 1/2 mile from saltwater. Black bears and some brown bears are attracted to these large numbers of fish migrating up this stream. Harbor seals and bald eagles are also present in the area and are frequently seen.

Wrangell is the largest community in the area providing services for viewing bears at Anan Creek. It has a population over 3000 and all the amenities for lodging, dining and area recreation opportunities such as fishing.

A wildlife observatory is situated adjacent the falls where the bears frequent while foraging for fish. The salmon run usually begins about mid-July and peaks around the first week of August. Access is by boat or floatplane with a short hike by trail to the observation area.

Anan Bay Recreation Cabin (reservations required) is located within 1 mile of the observatory. No reservations are required for the bear observatory at this time. Dogs and food are restricted from the trail and observatory at Anan Creek. Contact the US Forest Service, Wrangell District, (907) 874-2323, for a list of transporters and permitted guides who can provide transportation to the area.


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