Pack Creek Bear Tour

Pack Creek on Admiralty Island is one of Alaska’s premiere bear viewing areas. A short, scenic flight from Juneau. Visitation is limited, allowing us to enjoy a wilderness bear viewing experience. An unspoiled wilderness, wild Alaskan brown bears, a great adventure.

Pack Creek Bear Tours’ Admiralty Island Bear Tours are the place to see brown bears in Southeast Alaska and one of the best places to see the Alaskan brown bear. Pack Creek on Admiralty Island is ideal habitat for Alaska’s massive coastal brown bears (grizzlies) throughout the season because of its unique geography. Admiralty Island is locally known as Kootznoowoo, the “Fortress of the Bears.” Admiralty is home to one of the densest populations of brown bears in the world. In short, Pack Creek is a grizzly bear paradise and offers the most exciting eco-tourism opportunity in the world.

The Pack Creek Bear Tour is a premium guided and fully-outfitted eco-tour package. We take just 2-5 people to explore some of the most prime bear country on earth and to observe these amazing animals in the protected Kootznoowoo Wilderness on Admiralty Island.

Our Juneau-based tour will take you into the heart of bear country. Here brown bears forage, graze and chase wild salmon. You’ll see the bears in their natural habitat and without crowds of people. Because human visitation is limited, particularly during the salmon runs, we ensure that the bears’ needs come first. While July – August is the peak of bear activity, Pack Creek is an excellent place to see bear activity in May, June and September as well.

Pack Creek Tour highlights:
  • Outstanding opportunities to observe and photograph wild bears;
  • 25-minute float plane flight to Admiralty National Monument, inside the Kootznoowoo Wilderness;
  • Five-six hours spent exploring a half mile of beach and a meadow where Pack Creek emerges from the mountains and forest to meet the sea, with a possible two mile interpretive hike on a moderate trail through pristine old growth forest to an observation tower above the creek;
  • Maximum of five guests on every tour — we only offer non-invasive eco-tours;
  • Guided by Alaskan professional naturalists specializing in bear behavior and temperate rain forest natural history;
  • Fully outfitted, with rubber boots, rain gear (if needed), day pack, binoculars, and healthy lunch with snacks — in other words, everything you need to enjoy your experience;
  • $849/person July 5 – August 25. $799/person outside of peak season. Minimum age is 9. (Customary Guide Gratuity not included);
  • Trips May 10 – September 15;
  • No regularly scheduled trips June 10-25, as this may be a slow time for bears. Call for special arrangements.

To check availability and make reservations for our eco-tours through our partners at Alaska Seaplanes, fill out the grey box on this page with your desired dates. If the date you want is not available, please call us at 907-209-5432.  We will attempt to arrange other permits and flights to accommodate you.

Pack Creek through the Season

Spring May 10 – June 10 Admiralty Island Bear Tours

Starting in the spring, brown bears come to the meadows to feed and also to pursue mates. This is a fascinating time for bear behavior, particularly as courtship heats up in late May. We often feel that we have some of our most interesting tours during our spring season.

Mid June

In mid-June many bears head back into the hills, following fresh green vegetation. While some stick around, we do not offer regularly scheduled trips in mid-June, as this is a time when we can expect bear activity to be slow. However, there are typically a few bears that stay at Pack Creek and we have also enjoyed excellent viewing this time of year, including mating activity. If you’re interested in a mid June trip, give us a call for a custom consultation.

Late June – Early July Admiralty Island Bear Tours

By the end of June, bears are congregating at the creek, waiting for the first pacific salmon to arrive. This is an exciting time for an eco tour because the bears are working out their own pecking order in anticipation of their annual feast.

July 6 – August 25 Admiralty Island Bear Tours

The iconic spectacle: Alaskan bears chasing wild salmon. Salmon typically start to swim up the creek in the first few days of our peak season. From July through early-September, our guests can view view grizzly bears feeding on salmon. Because it’s exciting to watch the bears hunting, this is the most popular time to visit Pack Creek. However, visitation is strictly limited, so we’ll never be stuck in a crowd. During this time, we expect to see bears chasing and eating fish. As we get into August, the hike to the upper creek can be particularly rewarding place to see bears fishing higher up in the creek. To clarify: this is eco-tourism at its best.

August 26 – September 10th Admiralty Island Bear Tours

Grizzly bears (Alaskan brown bears) continue to fish for salmon into early September. Bear viewing continues to be excellent as long as there are fish in the creek. During the late season we may be able to take larger groups of up to 10; call for a consultation about this unique eco-tourism opportunity. You can click here to find what a typical day with Pack Creek Bear Tours is like. You can also click here to view general information about our tours.

A mother and cub brown bear cruse the low tidal flats checking in for salmon. (copyright Mark Kelley)

Refund Policy

  • We include a non-refundable $75 per person permit fee for Pack Creek Reservations made from July 5 – August 25.
  • If a tour is unable to fly due to weather or if there is only a single person booked, and guest/guests can’t be accommodated on another departure, there will be a full refund (minus the $75 fee if applicable).
  • Cancellations made at least 15 days in advance will receive full credit or refund of the tour price, (minus the $75 fee if applicable);
  • 3-14 days in advance, a 50 percent refund;
  • Less than 72 hours in advance, no refund.