July and August filling fast
Early July has only a few seats left for Pack Creek. We have a scattering of availability in late July. Waterfall Creek presents some great opportunities starting late July, so check that out if your preferred dates are full at Pack Creek.
August should be great at either Pack Creek or Waterfall, so take a look at both options. Feel free to call if you want to talk about the details of either trip.
Hope everyone is enjoying a great winter!
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AN AMAZING ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. In mid August my wife and I took our highly anticipated float plane trip from Juneau to Admiralty island to hopefully experience wild bears up close. Our guide for this trip was Hanna. She was very... read moreIn mid August my wife and I took our highly anticipated float plane trip from Juneau to Admiralty island to hopefully experience wild bears up close. Our guide for this trip was Hanna. She was very knowledgeable and and reassuring.
WOW. Was good fortune on our side. When we arrived on the island and headed towards our viewing area there was already one large female bear there with two cubs. The mother bear was catching salmon in the nearby steam and then her and her cubs would feast on the fish. We were about 75 meters from these bears.
Within five minutes we spotted another large female bear and two cubs running through the grass heading almost directly towards us. As we remained still and quiet at our viewing place these new arrivals trotted along and came to within about 25-30 meters from us. As they crossed directly in front of us the two cubs stopped and each stood up for a few seconds and then in unison they moved off with their mother where she also started catching salmon. To have these magnificent animals fishing and lounging around so close to us was totally amazing. We watched these six bear for well over an hour or so. Later several other individual bears appeared coming down the stream towards us as they in turn were catching salmon.
Later we walked several kilometers inland to a viewing tower. Although no bears were visible from that location we did hear the loud sound of a bear growling in the woods as we started that walk. We eventually returned to our initial viewing area and there were still a mother and two cubs nearby. It was an unbelievable and unforgettable experience that will stay with us forever. The video footage of the bear and cubs running in towards us and then standing close by is amazing.
This was the highlight of our trip through Alaska, the Rocky Mountains and New York.
Yes it is expensive but well worth it. read less
A fantastic experience! My husband and I went on the Pack Creek tour on August 9th and thoroughly enjoyed it! We met the other 3 participants at the airport and our guide Bill provided a very comprehensive orientation, with an emphasis on... read moreMy husband and I went on the Pack Creek tour on August 9th and thoroughly enjoyed it! We met the other 3 participants at the airport and our guide Bill provided a very comprehensive orientation, with an emphasis on safety as well as comfort. He told us exactly what to expect and provided us with rain pants, rain jackets, hip waders and binoculars as needed. It was raining when we took off in the seaplane but we had a nice scenic flight with pilot Jared, and an extremely smooth landing. We waded onshore, got our gear together and set off for the bear viewing area. Even from a distance we could see several bears and once we got settled we saw even more, along with bald eagles sitting amongst them. Over the 3 hours we were there we saw 8-10 bears, sometimes in the distance and sometimes close by as they walked past us to and from the river. After we left the bears Bill took us on a hike through the rainforest and gave us lots of interesting facts about the area.
Overall, we were impressed with the thoroughness of the preparation, the gear they provided us, the quality of the guide and of course, the fact that we saw lots of bears in a natural setting! We would highly recommend this once in a lifetime experience! read less