In late June through August, one of Southeast Alaska’s largest pink salmon runs enters Anan Bay and heads up Anan Creek, located 30 miles southeast of Wrangell on the mainland. From an observatory and photography platform on Anan Creek, you can safely watch eagles, harbor seals, black bears and a few brown bears feasting on the spawning humpies. This is one of the few places in Alaska where black and brown bears coexist at the same run or the very least put up with each other. Anan Creek
is a 20-minute floatplane flight or an hour boat ride from Wrangell and many tour operators in town offers a full-day excursion to the observatory. The more adventurous will book the U.S. Forest Service’s Anan Bay Cabin
, which is only a mile hike from the observation area.