Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration

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    Seeing these beautiful wild black bears in their natural habitat is an incredibly special experience!
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    This tour operates rain or shine, ponchos are provided if needed but we recommend wearing water-resistant clothing!
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    They may look intimidating but our expert guides (and the platforms) keep you out of harm’s way!
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    Have your camera’s ready to capture the perfect shot!
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    Nice catch! Your naturalist guide will teach you about the fascinating eating habits of these bears
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    The salmon run happens late July – early September, when thousands of salmon can be seen in the creek!
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    The raptor center gives you the chance to see just how big Bald eagles actually are!
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    This totem pole park features an impressive 40-foot totem and 13 other poles, all from one master carver!
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    The historic Herring Bay Lumber Company Sawmill is filled with interesting artifacts, photographs and machinery.
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    Check out the blacksmith shop and general store for unique souvenirs!
If you're looking for a bear viewing excursion in Ketchikan that is easily accessible and affordable, the Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration is the tour for you! Like many bear tours in Southeast Alaska, this excursion only operates in August and September. During these prime bear viewing months, the salmon run brings bears to Herring Creek to hunt for their favorite meal, while you watch from the safety of a raised boardwalk! A limited number of guests allowed at the viewing area provides an intimate experience with these beautiful wild black bears.

What to expect and what not to expect with this Ketchikan shore excursion

Your Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration begins with pick up at the cruise docks and a scenic narrated drive along the coast to the 40-acre reserve at Herring Cove. There are a few excursions Ketchikan offers at this location, but your exclusive tour takes you to a private area reserved for bear viewing. Your naturalist guide leads you on a nature walk through the rainforest, sharing knowledge of the local flora and fauna, before arriving at the raised boardwalk that overlooks the salmon-filled creek. Besides black bears, you're likely to see Bald eagles and seals along the nearby tidal estuary! Make sure your camera is ready to capture the stunning Alaskan wildlife!

  • Ketchikan's Most Accessible Bear Viewing Tour!
  • 3 ¼ Hour Duration
  • Limited Group Size with Expert Naturalist Guide
  • Visit the Alaska Raptor Center & Totem Pole Park
  • Round Trip Transportation Included

After your bear watching concludes, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Alaska Raptor Center! This sanctuary provides rescue and rehabilitation for these incredible birds of prey, and you'll be able to see them up close and personal! Additionally, explore the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company Sawmill, Tsimshian totem pole park, and the general store for unique Alaskan souvenirs. This is all included in your 3¼ hour Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration! With return transportation back to the cruise ship docks, you'll be left with time in your day to partake in other excursions Ketchikan offers or check out the sights downtown.

The Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration is the most easily accessible bear viewing excursion Ketchikan offers. If you'd prefer an exclusive bear tour in Ketchikan that includes a float plane ride, take a look at the Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flightseeing. Interested in more Alaskan wildlife tours along the Inside Passage? Check out the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Tour in Juneau & the Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing in Skagway!

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.

KETCHIKAN TOUR DETAILS:

  • Restrictions: The minimum age to participate on this tour is 12-years-old.
  • Accessibility: This activity is rated as "easy" and includes walking for short distances (for a total of approximately a half-mile) over relatively level terrain, with a few steps and slight inclines. You must follow the guide’s instructions at all times to ensure your safety. No food or drink is allowed on the trail.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: This tour does operate in the rain, and a rain poncho is provided if you need one. Because you will be adventuring into the beautiful Alaskan outdoors it is necessary to be prepared with appropriate clothing for inclement weather. It is a good idea to dress in layers, and include a rain or waterproof jacket. Also, for your comfort, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Don’t forget your sunglasses and remember to bring your camera with space for lots of pictures!
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  • Guest Rate: $209
  • + 6.5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Are we guaranteed to see bears?
Although the chances for seeing bears are excellent, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Q:Where does this tour meet?
Dock-to-dock transportation is included with this tour. Detailed meeting instructions are included with your tour voucher. The guide provides a narration of the 16-mile round trip coastal drive to the reserve.
Q:What should I wear?
This tour does operate in the rain, and a rain poncho is provided if you need one. Because you will be adventuring into the beautiful Alaskan outdoors it is necessary to be prepared with appropriate clothing for inclement weather. It is a good idea to dress in layers, and include a rain or waterproof jacket. Also, for your comfort, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Don’t forget your sunglasses and remember to bring your camera with space for lots of pictures!
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