If there is one thing Hyder, Alaska and its surrounding areas is known for, it’s bears! Of course, I didn’t actually SEE any bears while I was there (although there was one outside of a bar we went to but I didn’t make it out in time and we did feel slightly vindicated when we saw one on our way home!) But just because we didn’t see any bears doesn’t mean we didn’t try!
The best spot for bear watching is the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site. There you can wander over Fish Creek and Marx Creek on a wooden observation deck and try to spot bears and other wildlife. The bears visit the shallow waters as the hunt for chum and pink salmon that swim there.
We visited at the end of June, but bears really come out in mid-July through early September when the salmon return to the area.
As always, any time you have the possibility of being near to wildlife always exercise caution! Stay off the roads, do not take out food, and do not use flash photography.
Site: Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site
Location: Hyder, Alaska – three miles north of Hyder on the Salmon River Road.
Hours: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.
Date: June 27, 2009