Not only is Wrangell a great location to enjoy your dream Alaska vacation, but Wrangell is the gateway to one of the top 5 places in Alaska to view bears! Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, a boat ride south of Wrangell, hosts one of the largest pink salmon runs in the State which draws bears, eagles, seals, sealions and wolves to the feast during July and August. Enroute, a myriad of wildlife and scenic vistas enchants the visitor. A very unique aspect of this US Forest Service managed site is that both black and brown bears may be fishing for salmon side by side. A special photo blind allows close photography of bears without disturbing their environment! Join us in late July for "Bearfest", celebrating Alaska Bears with workshops, music, food and a marathon!