Waterfall Creek Bear Tour


Operated in partnership with Alaska Seaplanes Adventures and Above & Beyond Alaska

Peak Summer Bears and Salmon

Waterfall Creek on Chichagof Island is an outstanding spot to observe bears during the peak of the salmon run. This is a short creek that flows over a beautiful waterfall and into the saltwater. From the shores of the peaceful cove, you can hear the roar of the waterfall. Follow the sound to where the salmon navigate between rocks and bears. Come observe these amazing animals in their natural surroundings.

Join a small group on this wilderness adventure! Maximum group size 5 people. Minimum age is 9.

Why waterfall Creek

  • Excellent opportunities for viewing bears late-July through August when salmon are running.
  • Dramatic Waterfall and Rapids where bears fish for salmon. We sit right on the creek bank where we hope to observe bears as they emerge from the woods to fish. Often a great spot to see mothers with cubs, our viewing spot on the creek bank provides an exciting eye-level view of the action.
  • Relatively unknown spot. This is not an established bear viewing area, while we may see other groups, we also often have the place to ourselves. We do not show the location on a map to avoid drawing attention to this great spot.
  • 30-minute scenic seaplane flight. Our primary viewing spot is a short walk down the shore. Shorter overall tour length, but similar time allotted for viewing, due to less walking.
  • Small, intimate groups. Maximum of 5 participants, guided by professional naturalists. Minimum age is 9.
  • Fully outfitted, with rubber boots, rain gear (if needed), day pack, binoculars, and healthy snacks

The Waterfall Creek Need to Know

  • Flight time is 25-30 minutes, be sure to have your camera out for the outstanding views! We occasionally see humpback whales from the air on this flight.
  • Once we arrive, we will be outside the entire time. Disembarking from the seaplane requires walking down the float and stepping down onto shore with assistance. This is equivalent to stepping down off a chair. On our bear tours we must walk a quarter mile over challenging terrain to get to the primary viewing spot.
  • We will spend most of our time seated, quiet, and still. This will enhance opportunities for seeing bears.
  • Bears may be seen at any time while ashore. Your guide will help direct you to the best places to see bears. As these are wild animals, flexibility and a positive mental attitude are essential! There are no fences or walkways separating us from the bears and we may encounter bears at close distances though this is not common. Your guide will carry non-lethal deterrent and instruct you in bear safety protocols. While we do occasionally have close encounters, our goal is for the bears to ignore us and engage in their natural behaviors.
  • While there are no physical bathrooms, there are abundant opportunities to relieve yourself outside. Your guide carries sanitary equipment.
  • Due to the time of day (typically early morning or evening), we do not provide a lunch on this trip, but we do provide hearty, healthy snacks.
  • We put our primary focus on a personalized, small-group experience. Our guides are deeply knowledgeable about bears, salmon, and the Alaskan forest. We are confident you’ll enjoy your time exploring the wilderness with them.


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