Ketchikan Bear Viewing Tours

Don’t miss the experience of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat with Ketchikan bear viewing tours!

Bear viewing in southern Southeast Alaska is not to be missed! Each of our bear viewing sites offer a unique opportunity to view bears while salmon are traversing upstream to spawn. Unlike our traditional Misty Fjords Flightseeing tour, bear viewing tours are only operated from the end of July until the beginning of September (for the best sights). Both bear viewing sites are highly regulated through permitting and tend to sell out quickly. Please let us know right away if you are interested.

Anan Creek Bear Viewing


This is your chance to visit the World Class Anan Creek Bear Observatory. This observatory is known for its high concentration of brown and black bears living in their natural habitat. The Carlin Air tour is 4 hours in total length (including a 40-minute flight each way to the site, followed by a 1/2 mile walk up a boardwalk trail to the Observatory). 1.25 hours is allocated to watching both species of bears fishing for salmon as they make their way upstream. A highlight could be to see Sows (mothers) with Cubs (offspring) who are often sighted due to the abundance of food and protection. The Anan Creek observatory is permitted, and on-site US Forest Service staff are available to answer your questions.

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$625 per person (4 person minimum).
Duration: 4 Hours.
Offered: Please call to get our 2022 Anan Creek Bear Viewing dates available.

Traitors Cove Bear Watching


Visit the infamous bear viewing site at Traitor’s Cove (Margaret Creek) as a great way to see black bears living in their natural habitat. The Carlin Air tour is 3 hours in length and includes a 20-minute flight each way (followed by a 1-mile van ride to a trailhead). Then, it is a short walk to the Observatory where 1.25 hours is allocated to watching black bears fishing as salmon make their way upstream. The bears know when the salmon have arrived as they munch berries near the creek. This site is well known for frequent bear sightings! The Traitor’s Cove (Margaret Creek) Observatory is permitted by the US Forest Service. A Carlin Air guide will be onsite to drive you and answer any questions.

$399.00 per person
(4 person minimum)
Duration: 3 Hours
Offered: July 25th through Sep. 15th

Ketchikan Bear Viewing Photos

We hope you enjoy these photos from the bear viewing tours we service.

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Please note that these bear viewing tours in Ketchikan, Alaskan are operated under a special use permit and require advance reservations. We offer each passenger at Carlin Air a voice activated headset as a bonus to the flight. The equipment allows you to talk with other traveling companions, your pilot / guide (or just listen while the pilot / guide narrates or plays music in the background). No boring pre-recorded tapes in a monotone voice! Complimentary transportation is provided at the start as well as the end of your excursion.

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