Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory

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Anan Creek is an ancient Tlingit native fishing site located on the mainland at the south end of Wrangell Island.  Anan Creek has the largest pink salmon run in Southeast Alaska, attracting significant numbers of black and brown bears to feast on the bounty during the months of July and August.

The U.S. Forest Service has developed an Observatory, an enclosed and partially covered deck area, that gives you an opportunity to watch the bears up close.  The Anan estuary and Observatory is only accessible by boat or plane. The observation platform and photo blind overlook cascading falls where the salmon jump up river and the bears catch their meal.

There is a half mile trail leading to the observation deck. It is possible that you could see bears on the trail.  Forest Service staff at the trailhead provide safety information. Guides charted in town will transport you to the site and escort you to the observation area. All visitors will need a permit from the US Forest Service. If you are using a guide, many times they may have a permit for you or will work with you to obtain your own if necessary.

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Wildlife Observatory Bear Viewing DeckA Bear at Anan Observatory - ISBrown Bear in Anan estuary - CMRAnan Observatory