Mid-summer in Southeast Alaska is a magical time. Berries are ripe, rivers are full of salmon and bears are fattening up. Join us for fishing, wildlife viewing, boating and flying in Southeast Alaska.
Last updated: January 10, 2019
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Shortly after your arrival in Juneau, your charter flight to Pack Creek and onto Gustavus takes off over the green forest. The bear viewing at Pack Creek is among the best in Southeast Alaska. Please read about the tour here to make sure it is a good fit for your family. Because it is a custom trip, the operator will try to find the most accessible bear viewing but can’t make promises. After watching the bears the plane will continue onto Gustavus and tthe good folks from the BEar Track will drive you to the lodge. (D)
Bear Track Inn – Head out on a private boat to Point Adolphus, where you will be dropped off with kayaks and a lunch. (B,L,D) – Is this guided? It really needs to be.
Bear Track Inn – activities on your own. Explore the NPS visitor center and Bartlett Cove. (B,L,D)
Bear Track Inn – activities on your own. (B,L,D)
Bear Track Inn – Start early with a drive down to the docks, then enjoy a full day of saltwater fishing on a private boat. Halibut and Rockfish inhabit the cold waters of Icy Strait and this is your chance to catch one.(B,L,D)
Bear Track Inn – Full-day (eight-hour) private boat trip up Glacier Bay. Lots of birdwatching along the way, and time spent watching ice chunks calve off the glaciers. If conditions permit you can sometimes boat through the icebergs to the very face of the McBride Glacier. With luck you’ll see bears, sea-otters, and maybe even a wolf on the shore.(B,L,D)
Bear Track Inn – activities on your own. Hike to the waterfall behind the Inn, or relax with a good book. (B,L,D)
Wake up at Bear Track Inn, fly to Skagway for the White Pass Railroad Tour and explore the Klondike Gold Rush National Park headquarters. In the evening, take the Fast Ferry to Haines. Stay at The River House. (B, L)
Explore Haines and it’s surroundings on your own. Hike the Battery Point Trail, or drive out to Chilkoot Lake to watch bears fishing in the river. Stay at The River House.
A full day of freshwater fishing with Fly Guides on the Chilkat River. (L)
Drive up the Haines Highway into British Columbia to experience the grandeur of mountains and tundra. It’s only an hour and a half drive each way, but bring your passport, because you will be transported literally and metaphorically.
Fly or ferry from Haines to Juneau to meet your departing flights.
Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless. A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.
You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed. Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails. He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.
Air transportation from Juneau to Pack Creek and onto Gustavus
3 nights lodging at Bear Track Inn in Gustavus
Private boat trip up Glacier Bay
Kayaking at Point Adolphus
Salt water fishing in Icy Strait
Flight from Gustavus to Skagway
White Pass Railroad tour
Skagway to Haines Ferry – WHAT ABOUT LUGGAGE THIS DAY?
3 nights at the River House (This is not a lodge. It is a Home we have rented for you.)
Transportation from your home to Juneau or return
Meals other than those specified above
Gratuity for guide
Expect it to be cold and wet and plan accordingly. With luck it will be 60 and sunny many days. Bug shouldn’t be an issue at this time of year.
Nature of Southeast Alaska, Robert Armstrong; Jimmy Bluefeather, Kim Heacox; Blonde Indian, Ernestine Hayes;