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Old January 22nd, 2008, 03:09 PM
lildab lildab is offline
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Default Pack Creek On Admiralty Island

I Will Be In Juneau In Mid August For 1 Day While Cruising Alaska. Is It Worth The Cost To Take A Sea Plane To Admiralty Island To View The Bears Or Would My Time And Money Be Spent Better Spent Doing A Whale Excursion Or A Helicopter Flight Over The Glaciers? I Really Want To See Bears On My Trip But At A Cost Of $1200 For 2 Persons I Am Having Trouble Justifying The Costs. Any Insights Would Be Greatly Appreciated.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:39 PM
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Welcome to Cruise Critic!

I have considered going to Pack Creek sometime but as you said, it is not cheap. Perhaps you already have this info but I am cutting and pasting it from the link in my signature line.

Pack Creek (fly in from Juneau)
http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/dis...lty/packcreek/

Vendors who have rights to fly there:
www.flyalaskaseaplanes.com
www.airexcursions.com
talair@alaska.net
www.wardair.com
www.wingsofalaska.com
www.akdiscovery.com
www.alaskabyair.com
www.alaskacharters.com
www.dolphincharters.com/alaska.htm
www.alaskahunting.com
dennison@ptialaska.net
www.bluewateradventures.ca/

Mid August is also a possiblity to go bear watching from Ketchikan to Anan Creek. Have you thought of that? Not sure if you will be in Ketchikan or not. The permits are cheaper ($10 vs. $50 for Pack Creek). Still about $800-$1000 for two people.

Anan Creek:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/rec...ervatory.shtml
https://wwwnotes.fs.fed.us/r10/tonga...endar?OpenForm – Anan Bay calendar
https://wwwnotes.fs.fed.us/r10/tonga...sInfo?OpenForm – permit request process

I am going to Anan in July - slightly on the early side of peak season there but I will be there for 3 days/2 nights not just a few hours so I am comfortable with that. Plus, my cost for 3 days is much less than a fly in for bear watching so I am pleased and excited about it.

John
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 07:46 AM
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In August, in Anan, it is mostly black bears, Pack Creek is browns.

I would verify with a vendor- there is one that is consisantly highly recommended, that you are going peak season.
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