3 Hour Duration
From pick-up to drop-off
Bear and eagle sightings common
With expert naturalist guide
Pick-up and drop-off at cruise docks
The Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration is one of the most accessible excursions Ketchikan offers for excellent bear viewing opportunities! This walking tour through Southeast Alaska’s bear country only operates in August and September (during the salmon run) for prime bear viewing opportunities. Watch these beautiful wild black bears search for spawning salmon alongside Herring Creek from the safety of a raised boardwalk. A limited number of guests allowed at this private viewing area provides for an intimate experience and optimal wildlife viewing. Your naturalist guide teaches you about the native plants and wildlife as you walk through the rainforest filled with giant spruce, hemlock, and cedar trees. Additionally, bears aren’t the only animals you’re likely to see! Eagles and seals are commonly spotted along the nearby tidal estuary. Have your camera ready because the Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration provides many incredible sights that you’ll want to capture!
Your Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration begins with convenient pick-up close to the cruise docks in downtown Ketchikan. The gorgeous sightseeing begins with a narrated coastal drive to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. This location at Herring Cove is just far enough out of town to provide the perfect environment for bears to wander in search of berries and salmon. There are a few excursions Ketchikan offers here, but your special tour includes a private area reserved just for bear watching. When your full-hour of mesmerizing bear viewing concludes, it’s time to visit the Alaska Raptor Center! Get up close to these magnificent birds of prey while you learn about the sanctuary’s amazing rescue and rehabilitation work. Furthermore, explore the fascinating Herring Bay Lumber Company Sawmill and the Tsimshian totem pole park. Last but not least, the General Store offers refreshments along with unique Alaskan souvenirs. At 3 hours, you’re left with time in your day to explore other excursions Ketchikan offers or visit the famous Creek Street district in downtown.
The Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration is among the most easily accessible bear viewing excursions Ketchikan offers. However, if you’re looking for an exclusive bear tour that includes a floatplane ride, check out the Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flightseeing Tour!