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Bear Viewing

Silver Salmon Creek has evolved into one of Alaska’s premier sites for viewing coastal brown bears in their natural habitat. Guests can enjoy witnessing these magnificent mammals as they forage in the local meadows for sedge grasses, dig for razor clams at low tide, or chase salmon returning to their native streams.

Silver Salmon Creek is home to a subset of local bears, most of which are mothers with cubs and juveniles, although we do see the larger males during breeding season and other times. It is not unusual for guests to watch bears from the deck of their cabins, as the free-ranging omnivores wander in and out of the premises. Silver Salmon Creek Lodge is different from most other bear viewing locations in that we move into the habitat of the bear, avoiding the necessity of viewing platforms and designated sites. As a result, we see behaviors not commonly seen, including nursing, courting and mating activities.

Knowledgeable guides are always present and vital to the experience of not only getting properly positioned for excellent viewing, but to understand behavioral nuances and gain key information about bear biology. Bear viewing services are offered from June through mid-September, with our popular overnight bear viewing package described in the FAQ section of this website.