Shore Excursion Details

Alaska Bear Watch Via Floatplane

Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Bear Watch Via Floatplane


  • 31/4
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Family Recommended
  • Age

Experience the thrill of taking off by floatplane with a veteran Alaska bush pilot on a unique wildlife expedition. The 20 minute flight takes you by historic homesteads and over the sparkling waters of Alaska’s fabled Inside Passage. View a landscape of forested mountains and pristine lakes on your way to the remote viewing location. Upon landing, you’ll be met by an Alaskan naturalist and be driven approximately a mile by van along a forest road to the trailhead.

A pleasant and short hike along a trail leads to a viewing platform overlooking a beautiful salmon spawning stream. In addition to Black Bears, Sitka Black-tailed Deer, Bald Eagles, mink and marten also frequent the area. From the viewing platform, you’ll look down on stunning rapids as the fast flowing creek cascades towards the sea and large numbers of salmon congregate. This is where Black Bears gather to feed on runs of pink, coho, and chum salmon as they head upstream to spawn. Bald Eagles perch in the surrounding trees waiting for fish scraps left by the bears.

Need to Know:

Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age. Flight time is 40 minutes with 1 1/4 hours at the platform - times are approximate. We recommend you wear comfortable footwear. Although ponchos are provided, rain gear is still recommended. During the flight enjoy a recorded narration in your digital noise cancelling headset with additional comments from your pilot. This tour operates under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. Bear watching tours operate during prime bear viewing months, usually late July through mid-September. Wildlife sightings are frequent, however they cannot be guaranteed.

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Excursion Type:

Flight Tours
Wildlife Tours

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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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