Pack Creek Bear Viewing reservations open Feb. 1

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Reservations for the Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island go on sale February 1, on Recreation.gov.

    The Pack Creek visitor season was extended last fall and permits are now required between April 1 and September 30, with visitation limited to 24 people per day. The Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island brings visitors into the world of the great brown bear, by boat or a 30-minute float plane ride from Juneau, Alaska. At the center of Alaska's Tongass National Forest, this area is called "Kootznoowoo" by the native Tlingit people.

    Admiralty Island contains the highest concentration of bald eagle nests in the world. Other birds, mammals, and marine life thrive in this rich ecosystem of old-growth rainforest and coastal marine environments. Reservations for the Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island go on sale February 1, on Recreation.gov. The Pack Creek visitor season was extended last fall and permits are now required between April 1 and September 30, with visitation limited to 24 people per day.

    The Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island brings visitors into the world of the great brown bear, by boat or a 30-minute float plane ride from Juneau, Alaska. At the center of Alaska's Tongass National Forest, this area is called "Kootznoowoo" by the native Tlingit people, meaning the fortress of the bears.

    Bears gather at the creek when the pink and chum salmon return to spawn. It is not possible to know exactly when the salmon will return, but in the last several years, bears began catching fish between the second and last week of July.

    The Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area is managed cooperatively by the USDA Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. No humans or bears have ever been harmed at Pack Creek. All visitors must strictly follow Pack Creek protocols to maintain a stress-free situation for the bears and a unique opportunity for visitors to witness bears in their natural environment.

    The Pack Creek ecosystem is home to more than just brown bears. Admiralty Island contains the highest concentration of bald eagle nests in the world. Other birds, mammals, and marine life thrive in this rich ecosystem of old-growth rainforest and coastal marine environments.

     

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