Shore Excursion Details

Spasski River Valley & Wildlife

Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Spasski River Valley & Wildlife


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Look for bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitats from an elevated observation area in the remote Spasski River Valley. As you leave Hoonah, Alaska’s largest Tlingit Indigenous settlement, the guide will enlighten you with stories about the Tlingits and their fascinating history. Upon reaching the valley, you will walk along a gravel path and boardwalk to the elevated viewing platform. Be on the lookout for the diverse wildlife that makes its home here, including grizzly bears, which are highly intelligent omnivores that primarily eat vegetation. While this is an excellent area to observe animals, they roam freely, so there are no guarantees that you will see them. The Sitka black-tail deer is another native that may be spotted from the observation area, as well as land otters, mink and marten. And don’t forget to look skyward for bald eagles, a highly efficient bird of prey that frequents the valley.

Need to Know:

Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age. On the bear search portion of the tour, Guest must be able to walk 800 yards unassisted. You'll be in wilderness areas that are not fenced and the wildlife is not in captivity therefore, sightings cannot be guaranteed. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.

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Excursion Type:

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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