Pack Creek Bear Observatory is situated on Admiralty Island only a short distance from Juneau, Alaska.
A visit to Pack Creek is a personal experience for Captains’ Ben and John Swanson. In the early 1980’s they were befriended by a man named Stan Price who had built a float cabin in the estuary at Pack Creek in 1945. Shortly thereafter Mr Price found an orphaned female cub on the beach and raised her to adulthood. In turn there were a reported 82 bear born at Pack Creek in the period until his death in 1989 who became accustom to human presence.
Today this area is designated the ‘Stan Price Wildlife Sanctuary’ and is a popular place to view brown bear in their natural surroundings.
- The Viewing Spit – A short walk along the beach leads to a Viewing Spit that overlooks the Pack Creek watershed and tidal estuary where Brown bear come to fish for salmon, dig clams, forage and play.
- The Tower – A beautiful, mile long hike through Alaska’s Tongass National Forest of towering Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock emerges beside a salmon stream where visitors climb the ladder to a tower situated above the creek.