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FORTRESS of the BEAR

BearDuration: 7 hours of total tour time.

Description: Join us for an unforgettable wildlife kayaking experience into the "Fortress of the Bears" on Admiralty Island!

This full-day adventure begins with a 25-minute scenic floatplane flight to Windfall Island. From there, we sea kayak about a mile to the edge of the Pack Creek Brown Bear Sanctuary located on Admiralty Island, home to the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world. This world-class wildlife sanctuary provides protected habitat for brown bears while affording visitors an opportunity to view and photograph wildlife close-up.

A short beach walk brings us to the mouth of Pack Creek, where we hope to see Alaskan brown bear fishing for salmon or feeding in the beach meadows. We may also take a short hike through the old-growth coastal rainforest to an observation tower on upper Pack Creek. We will then kayak back to Windfall Island where our float plane will pick us up and transport us back to Juneau. This is truly one of the gemstones of Southeast
Alaska!

Price: $628.95pp (includes sales tax - no child rates)

Bear Viewing at Pack Creek
There are two primary bear-viewing areas along Pack Creek. The most accessible is a sandy spit of land right at the mouth of the creek and a short beach hike from where floatplanes land and boats tie up. A bit more challenging is a beautiful one-mile trail that leads through an old-growth rain forest to a viewing tower. The tower has room for eight people and is an excellent place to watch bears as they pass directly below you.

Important Trip Notes:
The best chance to view brown bear is July and August during salmon spawning season. May and June are also good months because it's brown bear mating season. The number of bears a group sees varies greatly through the summer, but most visitors see at least one bear if not more. However, bear sightings are not guaranteed. This is wild Alaska!


Due to safety concerns, there is a 250 lb per person weight limit on this tour. Participants must be fit enough to kayak/hike a few miles through wilderness and dress appropriately for the weather. All passenger weights need to be provided at time of booking. Book early, as limited permits are available to this world class bear viewing sanctuary.

Shoulder Season Dates
Daily departures from May 15th -July 4th, 2012
Daily departures from August 26th-September 26th, 2012


Peak Season Dates (July 5th-August 25th)

On days during peak season that we cannot visit Pack Creek, we will be going to Windfall Island/Harbor area to view brown bears. 

Brown Bear Viewing at Windfall Harbor:
Windfall is even more rugged and raw than Pack Creek as there are no designated structures to view the wildlife. However, there are even more bears frequenting the various streams running across the estuary and into the saltwater. Our guides have several “secret locations” to pull kayaks ashore for scenic breaks and interpretive information

Only these specific dates are available during peak season:

$50 non-refundable permit fee once trip is booked.