Brown Bear Bonanza

Wrangell to Juneau
Trip Profile
*Remember: wildlife is wild life, so when it comes to stuff like whales and bears, these ratings show the likelihood of seeing those things as opposed to a guarantee. But that’s nature for ya – and who would want it any other way?
Wrangell, Anan Bear Preserve, Wrangell Narrows, Fredrick Sound, Baranof Warm Springs, Endicot Arm, Stevens Passage, Juneau
Traditionally a logging town, Wrangell has yet to succumb to the commercialized tourism that plagues other towns in Southeast Alaska. Our first day brings us partially around the southern end of Wrangell Island to the mouth of Anan Creek. Anan Creek is home to a US Forest Service Wildlife Observatory, where we hope to spend a day watching Black and Brown Bears feeding on salmon.

From there, we will head north and transit Wrangell Narrows and enter Fredrick Sound. Traveling west, the Snow Goose will make its journey near the village of Kake with a destination of Baranof Warm Springs on Baranof Island. After a hot soak in the natural warm springs we will round Admiralty Island and explore Fredrick Sound searching for large mammals. Here, the water teems with food that attracts a large variety of marine mammals – most notably, Humpback Whales. We will spend hours floating in solitude, watching and listening to the sights and sounds of the creatures that ply these waters all summer long. From our floating home, we will explore the convoluted coastline of Southeast Alaska. We will hike deep into the forest to waterfalls, rivers, and beautiful old-growth tree stands.

Traveling northeast, toward Holkam Bay we will explore the icy fjords of Endicott Arm, where we have the opportunity to float and kayak among huge icebergs and watch a tidewater glacier calve into the ocean. Described by some as impressive as Glacier Bay, Endicott Arm offers one of the most stunning glacial landscapes in Southeast Alaska – sheer granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and thundering glaciers.

After leaving Endicott Arm, our exploration continues northward toward the capitol of Alaska, Juneau. Arriving downtown, we will debark the Snow Goose where you have the opportunity to continue your Alaskan adventure, walk the city streets, or make your way back home. With plenty of museums, hotels, artisans, bookstores, and bars, you’ll be sure to enjoy your time in Juneau.
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All routes are subject to adjustment and change at the captain's discretion and the ability to obtain the proper access permits. This includes US Forest Service and Glacier Bay National Park permits. Passports are required for entry into Canada, and previous DUI convictions may prevent entry.
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