Alaska Conservation Foundation > Experience Alaska > Alaska’s Sanctuaries, Parks, Refuges and Communities > Sanctuaries > Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is one of the best bear-viewing spots in Southeast Alaska. During July and August, the bears of north Admiralty Island show up at Pack Creek, eager to feed on spawning salmon. About 25 bears spend the two months gorging on the bounty of salmon in the creek.
Reaching the sanctuary requires a boat trip or half hour charter flight from Juneau, about 30 miles away. Peak viewing season is July 5 to August 25, when visitors must get a permit in advance. There are no facilities; wilderness camping is possible on nearby islands, a safe distance from the bears.
The sanctuary is named for the late Stan Price, the legendary “bear man of Pack Creek,” who lived there, alongside the bears, for 40 years. Visit in now!