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Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site

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“bears feeding”(8 reviews)
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Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District, Hyder, AK 99923
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

We visited the site on 8th and 9th Sept, 2018. This was a summer when bears were said to be not frequenting the place much. However, we were lucky on both days. On the first day (8th late afternoon) we were on the viewing platform...More

Thank Gerard C
Reviewed 11 September 2018

As someone who works in a grizzly bear sanctuary, I was especially excited to check this place out. They have some rangers overseeing everything which is good, and a little booth with bear information along with bear hides (hopefully not from hunted bears, I didn't...More

Thank Ren1211
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We happened to be in Hyder when it was very hot weather so unfortunately we did not see any bears feeding on the salmon. There were lots of salmon swimming up the river, which in itself was interesting to watch. We also saw an otter....More

Thank caperstwo
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Although we came 3 different times, no bears visited the site. It was interesting to watch the salmon lay eggs and the males fertilize them.

Thank Shirley N
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We visited on 8/29/18 at 2:00pm. Loved seeing the pink and chum salmon spawning in the creek. If you look close enough you can see the fish eggs on the bottom of the creek. We saw a grizzly bear feeding on salmon in the creek....More

Thank Janice F
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Spent 3 days there mid Aug 2018. About 1000 salmon in the creek and zero bears. Talked to several photographers who had spent 7 days with zip. Did 6 AM to 10ish and 6 PM 'till 9ish. Paved highway has much noisy traffic, helicopters frequently...More

1  Thank Bill H
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We visited late at night (8pm-10pm) and first thing in the morning (6.30-8am), The stream was teaming with chum salmon but we were not lucky enough to see any bears. There was lots of other wildlife: otters, eagles, geese; salmon, just no bears. The site...More

Thank Helena L
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

There hadn't been a bear sighted in 5 days. We saw loads of chum and pink salmon. Definitely pay the extra fee to go up the other boardwalk. There is a free boardwalk area by the overflow parking area. It's evident that bears do come...More

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

I went there having read that the rangers would tip you off as to whether there had been bears recently. Not so with the surly guy ranger we gave our $5 to, who was very non-committal! We talked to people there who actually waited there...More

Thank Laurie T
Reviewed 30 July 2018

We have been traveling through Canada and Alaska for 2 months and this is the first time we have had a real good look at bears feeding in the wild. There is a $5 fee and you must stay on a boardwalk along Salmon Creek....More

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18 June 2018|
Response from Tim D |
No. Just $5 and some luck we were about to leave as it was approaching 8 pm or so and to our luck a Grizzly Showed up. It turned out to be worth the wait.
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Response from powell2765 | Reviewed this property |
We were there Aug. 8th lots of fish and both bears. One mother had 3 cubs and what a thrill watching them perform right in front of us. The salmon have to be running and they will be there all day not just morning and night.