In the mid-summer and early fall, when the salmon arrive to spawn, Margaret Creek (Traitor’s Cove) is host to a high concentration of black bears. Among these old growth forests, pristine rivers, striking mountains, soaring eagles and ravens is the powerful black bear.
Begin your Expedition Black Bear from Ketchikan’s waterfront in close proximity of the piers. Black Bear viewing is located 26 miles north of Ketchikan in Margaret Bay/Traitors Cove, which is accessible on a sixty to seventy minute boat ride.
Your Six-Packed Licensed Captain will guide you on a salt water safari through the Tongass Narrows, Clover Passage, and temperate rainforest to Traitor’s Cove, navigating the vessel on a path of scenic sanctuaries, stunning bays and inlets, past a majestic lighthouse, seeking marine and coastal wildlife viewing opportunities along the way. Quite often you will be able to observe the captivating behavior of whales breaching and tail-slapping, revere bear trails, and admire salmon streams; and you just might see Bald Eagles feasting on salmon left overs from the bears foraging.
At Traitor’s Cove dock, your adventure will continue together on a 1 1/4 mile drive by private car to the Margarite Creek trailhead. From here, you will be guided on a short 250 yard walk along a rainforest trail to the bear viewing falls.
Your Captain/Guide is well equipped and very familiar with travel in bear country, as well as knowledgable about local flora, fauna, and wildlife that inhabitat the rainforest.
- Bear Viewing by 25’ Safeboat
- Departs from the Cruise Ship Dock, Berth 3
- Seating up to 6 Passengers
Tours are $329 per person, four person minimum. We are happy to customize the start time and length of your tour!
25 foot Safe Boat with twin Honda 225 outboards former United States Coast Guard fast response vessel, United States Coast Guard Certified Captain, heated cabin, lifejackets provided, smooth riding, and great visibility for memorable photos.
Check the current weather forecast in Ketchikan and pack appropriate clothing for the conditions.
When exploring Alaska, it is important to have the correct clothing to stay warm and comfy. Pack clothing items that can be layered, a lightweight shirt, a sweater and a light weight jacket, allowing you to adapt to the varying temperatures. Lightweight rain gear, waterproof hiking shoes or sneakers will help keep you and your feet dry and cozy. Gloves, scarves and dry socks prevent you from getting chilled. Pack a hat and sunglasses. It’s a long four or so without eating, we suggest you bring a beverage and some snacks to get you through the day.
We provide binoculars to enhance the chance of seeing wildlife while on our way to Margaret Creek (Traitor’s Cove) as well as on the return trip.