Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site

Tongass National Forest

Bear viewing at Fish Creek includes both Alaska brown bears (grizzly) and black bears. Bears can often be observed and photographed at the site July through mid-September. Fish Creek has a run of what may be the largest chum salmon known. The chum salmon in fish creek are large enough they were once thought to be a different species. Fish Creek also supports a run of pink salmon. The salmon in turn support brown (grizzly), black bears and wolves that feed at Fish Creek July through mid-September. Beavers, mink, otters, bald eagles, sharp shined hawks, great blue herons, and many other birds can also been seen at Fish Creek. The site is located 4 miles from Hyder, AK, along the Salmon River Road on the way to the Salmon Glacier, the fifth largest glacier in Canada and the largest road-accessible glacier in the world.

Reservations are required for day use at Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site. All visitors 16 years and older will require a day use reservation ticket. Tickets are valid for any dates July through mid-September. Upon arrival, your ticket will be validated for that day, regardless of which day the ticket was purchased for. Ticket options include a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day ticket option, which will provide non-consecutive day use for 1, 3, or 7 days. Fish Creek is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Forest Service employees are at the site during these hours to provide information about the bears and salmon, enforce site rules, and answer questions from visitors. 

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Bear viewing at Fish Creek includes both Alaska brown bears (grizzly) and black bears. Bears can often be observed and photographed at the site July through mid-September. Fish Creek has a run of what may be the largest chum salmon known. The chum salmon in fish creek are large enough they were once thought to be a different species. Fish Creek also supports a run of pink salmon. The salmon in turn support brown (grizzly), black bears and wolves that feed at Fish Creek July through mid-September. Beavers, mink, otters, bald eagles, sharp shined hawks, great blue herons, and many other birds can also been seen at Fish Creek. The site is located 4 miles from Hyder, AK, along the Salmon River Road on the way to the Salmon Glacier, the fifth largest glacier in Canada and the largest road-accessible glacier in the world.

Reservations are required for day use at Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site. All visitors 16 years and older will require a day use reservation ticket. Tickets are valid for any dates July through mid-September. Upon arrival, your ticket will be validated for that day, regardless of which day the ticket was purchased for. Ticket options include a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day ticket option, which will provide non-consecutive day use for 1, 3, or 7 days. Fish Creek is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Forest Service employees are at the site during these hours to provide information about the bears and salmon, enforce site rules, and answer questions from visitors. 

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Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we're unable to offer advance reservations at this time. Please check this website for more details as the situation evolves.

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"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReservation Fee:\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere is a $1.00 non-refundable reservation fee per ticket.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRecreation Fees: \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdult (1-Day Access): $5.00 per person/ticket\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdult (3-Day Access): $10.00 per person/ticket; allows 3 days of access which do not have to be consecutive days\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdult (7-Day Access): $20.00 per person/ticket; allows 7 days of access which do not have to be consecutive days\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCancellation and Changes\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou may cancel your ticket up until your arrival date for a refund of the recreation fees. There are no refunds for the $1.00 reservation fee per ticket. Changes cannot be made. You must cancel your reservation and create a new reservation; all fees apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n"

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PO BOX 126 Hyder AK

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250-636-2367

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