Bear viewing & wildlife tours in Hoonah Alaska
Hoonah‘s outlying areas produce the largest concentration of brown bear in Alaska.
Daily Bear viewing tours in Hoonah-
Bear viewing tours for guests arriving by Cruise Ship at Icy Strait Point, and also visitors from other nearby towns. A Huna Outfitters van will be waiting for you on the day of your arrival. The wildlife search starts right away! Many, many, times we have seen Humpback whales bubble feeding right off the Hoonah shore line as we drive into town. A short cruise through the rustic Tlingit village and a drive-by at the Hoonah Harbor will bring us to the Tongass National Forests of Chichagof Island.
Your bear search begins by traversing on the old logging roads to places like freshwater bay, White stone logging camp, and Upper Game Creek. These are just a few “Hot” spots to locate our elusive brown bears. Other common sights during the tour are Sitka black-tail deer, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and over 250 varieties of waterfowl and songbirds will guide us in our search. Smell something fishy and a little pungent? You have just smelled you first wild grizzley bear! Before you see them with your eyes, you nose will tell you they are near! It will be no surprise why we have found the bears here, as you watch the millions of spawning salmon crowd the crystal clear streams. This is the untouched Alaska, as raw and exciting as it gets!!
We think Hoonah has the best Bear Viewing in Southeast Alaska!
Huna Outfitters will guide you to Hoonahs best kept secrets! Eco Friendly and USFS approved tours.
ORCAA LLC (Huna Outfitters & Icy Strait Kayak CO.) work under special permit from the US forest Service and we strongly follow PIPO (pack-it-in pack-it-out) and LNT (leave-no-trace) ethics on all our tours. We want to show you the Raw and Real Alaska while preserving it for the next person. Our bear Tour Guides are equipped with an array of safety equipment: GPS, sat phone, bear gun, emergency road kit, CPR kit, first aid kit, and extreme survival kit (not that we EVER plan on using it…, but rule #1 – never go into the Alaskan wilderness unprepared)!! Your guide will also have a lifelong understanding of the area’s wildlife and natural resources. We have extreme confidence your guide will take care of your safety and with a little luck, find the Bears! Sometimes all you have to do is look, which is harder than it sounds. But having a trained eye is worth thier weight in gold!!
Bear viewing safety & Things to keep in mind
These are wild animals and we simply observe them in their natural habitat. Guest safety is high priority and guides are specially trained to understand bear behavior, its the guest behavior that we cant predict. For that reason we do not represent this as a “hiking tour”. While on tour, please stay with the tour group and consult your guide about how to maintain yourself in the presence of bears. TAKE all the pictures you want, but please leave the Alaskan turf where it is. We try to be as non-invasive as possible into this wild and pristine habitat. There are thousands of species that call this land home and we want to show you as many as we can with respect to the environment. Bear and wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
All inclusive tours available for groups of 12 or more that book together.
We can custom tailor any tour to you preference. Bear viewing tours range anywhere from our suggested 3hrs, to 6 hours or more (just depends on what you want to see). Seat availability is limited on the high-priority tour times, advanced reservations are recommended!
Sit back and Enjoy the ride! But DON”T close you eyes!!