Pack Creek On Admiralty Island
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)
Vendors who have rights to fly there:
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.
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.
I would verify with a vendor- there is one that is consisantly highly recommended, that you are going peak season.