Alaska Bear Adventure & Flight

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | K T N - 8 7 5
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Min. age: 8 years (See special notes)
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Embark on a guided wildlife adventure that takes you to a remote site in the Tongass National Forest, where you'll watch black bears in their natural habitat feeding on salmon runs. Your excursion begins as you board your motorcoach for a short drive to the floatplane terminal. Upon arriving, you'll board an Alaska floatplane with a guaranteed window seat for your 50 minutes (roundtrip) in the air. You'll depart for Traitors Cove in Tongass National Forest, where upon landing your guide/naturalist takes you on a quarter-mile walk along a trail to a viewing platform overlooking a salmon-rich stream. You'll spend almost an hour watching black bears fishing for and feeding on salmon heading upstream to spawn, and eagles perch in surrounding trees waiting for scraps (wildlife sightings are not guaranteed). Access to this area is limited as it's controlled by the U.S. Forest Service to minimize impact on the wildlife population and to protect this fragile environment.

Special Notes:

Space on this excursion is extremely limited due to permitting. If this tour is sold out, guests might consider booking KTN-885: Animal Planet Exclusive: Bear Country & Wildlife Expedition (bear watching without the flight component.)

Minimum age is 8. Wear comfortable hiking footwear and dress warmly. Bear sightings not guaranteed. Flash photography is not permitted at the viewing platform. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as passenger safety and comfort, the airline has advised that guests weighing 250 lbs. or more (fully clothed) will be assessed a weight surcharge of $168. In any case where the necessity of the surcharge is verified, it will be paid directly to the tour operator just prior to the flight departure.

Carry-on bags are not allowed and there is limited secure storage at the hangar. Aircraft fly no higher than 4,000 feet. Oxygen for personal use is allowed but must be in the form of an FAA approved portable oxygen concentrator that can be secured to the user's body. Tour operates late July - mid September.

Flightseeing excursions are not refundable unless cancelled by 12:00pm on the day after embarkation.

Provided: bottled water

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Manifest & tour to seaplane base

  • Transport type: Motorcoach
  • Transport Capacity: 53
  • Travel time: 00:30
  • Air conditioned: No
  • Walking distance: 150
  • Steps: 3
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Restroom available: Yes
  • Shopping available: No
  • Photo/video restrictions: No
  • Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Flightseeing to Traitors Cove

  • Transport type: Floatplane
  • Transport Capacity: 6
  • Travel time: 00:25
  • Air conditioned: No
  • Steps: 3
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Restroom available: No
  • Shopping available: No
  • Photo/video restrictions: No
  • Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Drive to trailhead

  • Transport type: Van
  • Transport Capacity: 12
  • Travel time: 00:10
  • Air conditioned: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Restroom available: No
  • Shopping available: No
  • Photo/video restrictions: No
  • Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Trail walk & bear search

  • Time at site: 01:05
  • Inside visit: No
  • Air conditioned: No
  • Walking distance: 1000
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Restroom available: No
  • Shopping available: No
  • Photo/video restrictions: Yes
  • Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Drive back to plane

  • Transport type: Van
  • Transport Capacity: 12
  • Travel time: 00:10
  • Inside visit: No
  • Air conditioned: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Restroom available: No
  • Shopping available: No
  • Photo/video restrictions: No
  • Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Flightseeing back to Ketchikan

  • Transport type: Floatplane
  • Transport Capacity: 6
  • Travel time: 00:25
  • Air conditioned: No
  • Steps: 3
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Restroom available: No
  • Shopping available: No
  • Photo/video restrictions: No
  • Photo/video opportunity: Yes

Tour back to cruise ship pier

  • Transport type: Motorcoach
  • Transport Capacity: 53
  • Travel time: 00:10
  • Air conditioned: No
  • Walking distance: 50
  • Steps: 3
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Restroom available: Yes
  • Shopping available: No
  • Photo/video restrictions: No
  • Photo/video opportunity: Yes