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Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration - Min Age 12

Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration - Min Age 12


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Join this bear-viewing opportunity, which is accessible by road. You'll begin with a narrated eight-mile coastal drive to the forested area of Herring Cove located within the Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary. Meet your guide and set out on a walking expedition to locate some of the black bears that call this area home. You will pass through tall stands of hemlock, spruce and cedar as you explore the sanctuary. An elevated boardwalk trail leads you to private viewing platforms overlooking Herring Creek, where bears often come to fish for salmon in the stream. The nearby Whitman Hatchery ensures that the river is teeming with salmon every summer. Typically, large numbers of black bears gather here to feed on these huge runs of salmon that are returning to spawn in the stream. Bald eagles perch in the trees, waiting patiently for scraps left by the bears. Mink and marten often frequent the area, and seals often hang out near the mouth of the stream feeding on the bountiful fish runs. You will have ample time to observe the wildlife activity. Walk through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill established by legendary pioneer Ben Fleenor. See birds of prey up close at Alaska Raptor Center's raptor exhibit and explore the on-site totem park. Transportation to and from the sanctuary is by motorcoach.

Need to Know:

Note: Participants must be at least 12 years of age. The Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary is not exclusive to your tour, it is a multi-use site, so you will encounter guests participating in other tour products and activities. To minimize resource impacts and maximize wildlife viewing opportunities, this tour is available only to small groups and on a limited basis. It is important to note that seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity and there are times when bears will not be present. Please keep this in mind when booking the tour. Operates rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing. The elevated boardwalk can be as high as 15 feet off the ground.

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Excursion Type:

Tour flora e fauna selvatica

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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