Owner/ Operator Zach took us to see bears fishing for salmon! Amazing trip! He was very knowledgeable, friendly, & humerous! Highly recommend him & his company for exploring the Wrangrell wildlife & fish…
Knowledgeable Local Guide
Unique Alaskan Wildlife Experience
Observe Bears in Their Natural Environment
Watch Bears Up Close in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Join Muddy Water Adventures for an exciting and educational Tongass National Forest wildlife tour with an experienced Wrangell local. Just a short distance by boat, the USFS established an observatory specifically for bear viewing at Anan Creek. Brown and black bears congregate at Anan Creek naturally for feeding and are easily viewed from multiple vantage points at the observatory. This is a unique opportunity as the bears sometimes come within an arm’s reach of the observatory deck. On this fully-guided tour you may also have the chance to watch as these striking creatures feed on the massive run of pink salmon in the creek – it’s quite the sight!
Why Take This Tour?
Safely witness brown and black bears up close as they feed in their natural environment
Observe other Alaskan wildlife, such as seals, eagles, ravens and more
Learn about these majestic creatures and the ecosystem they are a part of from your local expert guide
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Pricing & Details
$340 per person
City Dock, unless otherwise notified
This tour is offered from July through August
*Daily availability varies, please click the Book Now button to check availability for specific days
Maximum of 20 guests
*We welcome individuals, however we do require a combined minimum of 4 guests for the tour to depart
Note: A group maximum of 10 people at a time are allowed on the trail to the observatory. Parties larger than 10 are permitted, but must be split into 2 groups.
- Bottled water
- Bathroom onboard vessel
What to bring
- Weather appropriate clothing
- Walking sticks if needed
- Food for before and after the observatory stop (food is not permitted on the trail or at the observatory)
- Local captain
What You'll See and Do
This tour begins when we depart from City Dock in Wrangell for a one-hour boat ride to the observatory down the Eastern Passage, known as The Back Channel to locals. Enjoy some coffee and the views from the boat as we cruise on our comfortable state of the art catamaran.
Upon arriving at our stop in Tongass National Forest, we’ll walk a 1/2 mile on the forest trail to get to the observatory. If you have mobility issues that don’t allow you to walk the trail, please let us know and we can adjust the tour slightly to accommodate your needs.
At the observatory, we will have approximately 3-4 hours to view brown and black bears and other wildlife up close in their natural environment. This is where bears often gather for feeding and with multiple spots for viewing at the observatory, you won’t miss a thing!
After our bear watching experience we’ll head back to the boat for our ride back to Wrangell. Feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy on the boat ride back to town, but please keep in mind that for safety reasons, food is not permitted on the trail or at the observatory.
What You Need to Know
Most importantly: Food is strictly forbidden on the trail and observatory, and must be left on the boat. Bottled water is allowed.
The trail is an uncovered, compacted gravel path through the wilderness. Please wear or bring appropriate shoes and clothing; usually a light jacket and/or rain jacket and sneakers are sufficient.
If you or anyone in your party have mobility issues, up to and including a wheelchair, please contact us. We can adjust the tour slightly to accomodate you and make sure you get to experience this incredible area!
Infants or toddlers are strongly discouraged at Anan, due to the unpredictability of bear behavior around infant sounds/smells. Minimum recommended age is 5 years old.
Previous Guests Rave About Muddy Water Adventures
We had a fantastic adventure with Zach this month. He took our parents, our kids, my husband and me to Anan from Wrangle to visit the bears feasting on Salmon. Taking children into an area with lots of bears required some trust, and Zach put us at ease from the first moments. Not only great customer service, but such a warm, caring guide with deep knowledge and love of the land. Read full testimonial.
This group was EXCELLENT! Zach was very professional and very informative. The true highlight of our trip to Alaska! Bears, bears oh my! Please be sure to go there!
Yesterday, August 3 2018 we went on a tour with Muddy Waters Adventures to Anan Bear Observatory, it was fantastic. Anything I hoped to see, I did see and more. The island is a rain forest. The day was rainy but that didn’t make a difference we saw plenty of bears, cubs, bears catching fish and eating them, cubs, bears nursing cubs, bears up close, Eagles and a bear fight. Read full testimonial.