Bear Viewing Flightseeing Tours

Bears! Bears! Bears! Two bear-viewing tours are available from July through September.

Traitors Cove - 2.5 Hours

Traitors Cove is in the pristine Tongass National Forest. An easy quarter-mile rain forest hike along a planked Forest Service trail will take you to a wildlife viewing platform overlooking a waterfall on Margaret Creek. It is a prime location from which to view black bears catching spawning salmon as they ascend the falls. A naturalist/guide will accompany you on this bear tour.

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Neets Bay - 3 Hours

Alaska Bears

Bear Viewing Dates of operation: Mid July through September (dates flexible due to bear activity).

This once-in-a-lifetime adventure to witness the wild black bears native to Southeast Alaska is certain to charm everyone from nature lovers to photo enthusiasts alike. Climb aboard a floatplane for a bird’s-eye view of Ketchikan and its surrounding wilderness on your way to your destination.

Once you disembark, one of our friendly and experienced naturalist guides will provide you with a complimentary bottle of water and then lead your group on a short hike along a quarter-of-a-mile wilderness trail through the old growth Tongass National Rainforest. Along the way your guide will describe details of seasonal behavior and the habitat of the black bear and the lifecycle of their favorite meal, the Alaska salmon.

Watch the black bears feeding in their natural habitat from the secure, covered bear viewing area nearby. Be on the lookout for other wildlife — eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, marten, and seals all populate this area.

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Big black bear walking towards you

Bear eating salmon


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