Bear Viewing Flight to Prince of Wales Island

Prince of Wales Island Bear Viewing Flight Day Trip from Ketchikan, Alaska
Price: $439.00
PLEASE NOTE: There is an additional fee for individuals weighing more than 250 lbs, fully clothed.
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Please Note: This excursion cannot be confirmed without weight information for every participant. Please enter this information below:
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 to 10 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Beverage (Bottled Water)
Recommended Dress For all tours in Alaska, we recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible walking shoes that may get wet are also suggested.
Restrictions Persons over 250lbs. must purchase an extra seat. Guests must be able to navigate a steep ramp to the floating dock, pull themselves up into the plane via a pontoon and small metal step and be able to walk a quarter of a mile over a path with inclines, steps and some uneven terrain.

Bear Viewing Flight to Prince of Wales Island

This exciting Ketchikan excursion brings you up close and personal with bears on massive Prince of Wales island, the third-largest island in the United States. The tour combines forest flightseeing with a wildlife encounter and is offered from August through mid-September.

Departing from the harbor in your quintessential Alaska bush plane, the legendary Dehavilland Beaver, you will fly westward out of Ketchikan toward Prince of Wales Island. The aircraft seats up to 6 passengers, with each passenger having a window seat. During the panoramic 20-minute flight, you will see the islands and waterways that make up this section of the Inside Passage. You will touch down on Polk Inlet, a long finger of saltwater where Dog Salmon Creek meets the sea. Four species of salmon come home to spawn in this creek, drawing the black bears you're hoping to observe.

You will be met at the dock by an experienced and knowledgeable guide and you will walk about an eighth of a mile to the viewing area. Your guide will provide a natural history course on the plants and animals found in this lush rainforest ecosystem, from berries to bears. During this scenic nature tour, watch for bald eagles and ravens and scan for the bears we sometimes see while in transit to and from Dog Salmon Creek.

At the creekside viewing platform maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, you will safely witness bears and salmon in nature's vital contest - salmon running a gauntlet of waterfalls and predators to spawn upstream, and bears feasting and fattening before their long winter hibernation. This is one of the most popular bear viewing sites on Prince of Wales, with good chances to spot a bear when the salmon run is high. Throughout the excursion, naturalist guides will answer your questions about the wildlife and flora of this rich temperate rainforest.

This exciting Ketchikan tour is offered through a permit with the U.S. Forest Service, and opportunities to visit Dog Salmon Creek are limited. Book your seat as soon as possible, as space on this tour is very limited and sells out quickly. Sign up today!

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  5 ReviewsReview This Tour
Bear Viewing
September 06, 2019
Excellent scenic flight to island. Walk to creek with black bears actively catching salmon. Creek was loaded with salmon. Bear guide was knowledgeable and professional. Worth every penny. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Jane
5 Stars
September 06, 2019
Great float plane ride. All personnel were very friendly and knowledgeable. Saw three bears in natural environment and fishing. Great excursion!
Reviewer: Maureen Almon
5 Stars
Float plane ride part of the fun
November 28, 2018
Bears weren't very hungry in early Sept, but we did get to see them up fairly close. Don't expect to see them snag salmon out of the air like on Nat Geo channel. Seaplane ride was fun albeit a little bumpy. Wife had a flash of air sickness. So be warned of that if you have motion sickness probs.
Reviewer: Edgar Ball
5 Stars
Best Excursion
September 13, 2017
This was absolutely the best excursion of our entire trip. We saw some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife ever.
Reviewer: Richele Larrance
5 Stars
Great overview
October 07, 2016
We had a delay because of fog and could not fly when previously scheduled however the office kept us informed of the weather and eventually flew us to an alternate site where we did see bears. The flight was amazing. Comfortable sea plane with lots of windows so our group of 6 each had great views. We were not rushed when we were watching a bear at the salmon ladder feeding on several fish. Very relaxed excursion with no cattle car feel. Excellent excursion.
Reviewer: James B Wacaster
5 Stars