Anan Creek Bear Adventure & Flightseeing

Unique wildlife viewing experience of both brown and black bears!

Experience the thrill of taking off from the Ketchikan waterfront by floatplane with a veteran Alaska bush pilot on this unique wildlife expedition only available to a small number of visitors. Fly deep into the vast Tongass National Forest to one of Alaska’s premier bear viewing areas. This bear viewing location is one of

a few sights in the world where you can watch both brown and black bear feed on spawning salmon. This once in a lifetime experience is only available to a select few as access to Anan Creek is restricted by U.S. Forest Service Permit.

After departing the Ketchikan waterfront in a DeHavilland Beaver or Otter, you will fly over Salmon Falls Resort, historic Loring (established before Ketchikan), over beautiful Behm Canal and continue over the rugged Cleveland Peninsula. This is one of the most spectacular natural wilderness areas in this part of Alaska. After landing on serene Anan Bay, you will receive a personal briefing from a U.S. Forest Service Park Ranger. Your naturalist bear guide will escort you on a half-mile hike along a groomed trail bordering a creek, to a secure bear observatory overlooking a beautiful waterfall.

Once on the viewing platform, you can look down on stunning rapids as the fast-flowing creek cascades towards the sea and the large numbers of salmon in the stream congregate to complete their spawning journey. Bears gather here to feed on the large run of pink salmon, as they head upstream to spawn. Bald eagles will be in abundance as they await the scraps left by the bears. You can view seals feeding on the bountiful harvest in the lagoon. Mink, marten and wolf also frequent the area. Ample time is provided to observe the wildlife activity in this forest ecosystem before the hike back to your awaiting aircraft. Interpretation by your pilot and guide will enhance this truly intimate natural experience, perfect for the nature lover and photographer.

Please Note: This tour operates July through mid-September. Weather could alter flight routes for safety and quality assurance. Taquan Air operates under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Wildlife sightings are frequent; however, they cannot be guaranteed.

Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting. To ensure aircraft weight and balance is within operating parameters, guests weighing 250 lbs. (clothed weight) or more may be required  to pay an additional surcharge of $150 over the published fare direct to the tour operator. A no-bag policy applies; however, if you have medical needs that require a carry-on bag, please see the Shore Excursion office on board. All other bags brought to our terminal will be stored until you return from your flight.

If the weather is not suitable for a flight you will have an option to join Herring Cove’s Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration and your onboard folio will be credited the difference in the flight portion.

Taquan Air operates this tour under a special use permit issued by the United States Forest Service. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Exclusively Sold On Board Select Cruise Lines

*This experience involves an increased amount of physical activity including walking over uneven terrain and extended periods of standing. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.

Other Tours

Misty Fjords Flightseeing

Alaska Bear Adventure & Flightseeing

Flights do not operate on the following

Federal Holidays

New Year’s Day

Memorial Day

Columbus Day/Indigenous
People’s Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Independence Day

Veteran’s Day

President’s Day

Labor Day


Taquan Air’s Safety Management System Program


In January 2021, Taquan Air became the first Part 135 Air Taxi Operator in the State of Alaska to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) acceptance of a Safety Management System (SMS) developed in accordance with the standards and requirements set forth in the FAA’s SMS Voluntary Program.


Taquan Air’s SMS is a formal, top down, organization-wide approach to managing safety and ensuring the effectiveness of safety risk controls and was implemented in line with the international standards which led to the FAA’s program.
SMS elements include organizational policies which define the accountabilities and responsibilities of our leaders and employees regarding safety; a formal process for identifying, analyzing, assessing and controlling safety risks; assuring the effectiveness of safety controls through collecting, analyzing and assessing information; and, the training and communications necessary to promote the program overall.


Through policy, process, training and promotion, the SMS guides and supports key decisions related to preflight, inflight and post-flight actions; aircraft maintenance, equipment and operations; the use of navigation systems with synthetic vision, tracking and moving map capabilities; enhanced communications capabilities and, related initiatives promoting the safety of our guests, our employees and our environment overall.


Ketchikan Waterfront Base

Taquan Air Terminal

Taquan customers enjoy our state-of-the-art, custom-built facility, with a comfortable lobby, water view and floatplane dock with its waterfront patio.

The 16,000 square foot facility is located in Ketchikan’s 6.0 acre Harbor Point Business Park located at 4085 Tongass Avenue. Vehicles access the business park via a separate entrance and exit driveways from Tongass Avenue, with motorcoach loading, unloading and staging areas as well as ample short and long-term parking for customers.

The spacious check-in area, passenger lounge, gift shop and restrooms are specifically designed to handle groups large and small. Other features in this spacious complex include:

Administrative and flight operations offices

  • A large conference room and training facility
  • Space for expansion
  • Ramps and Floats

Extended passenger access ramps

  • Non-skid surfaced floatplane dock
  • Over 600 feet of floatplane dock space
  • Maintenance Hangar

Hangar space for up to six aircraft

  • Fully equipped and staffed maintenance bays
  • Expanded parts department and inventory
  • Office spaces and an employee break room
  • Freight Department

Extensive storage for freight and U.S. Mail

  • Large walk-in cooler and freezer
  • Industrial size floor scale

Aircraft Specs

Taquan Air Otter


DHC-3 Turbine Otter


1 x PT6A Turboprop engine, 750 HP


Take-off weight

3796 kg

8367 lbs

Empty weight
2268 kg
5000 lbs


17.8 m
58 ft


14.99 m

45 ft 10 in


5.05 m
16 ft 6 in
Wing area
114.3 m2
375 sq ft


Max. speed
214 km/h
133 mph

Cruise speed

209 km/h
130 mph
5333 m
16000 ft
740 km
460 miles

Aircraft Specs

Taquan Air DeHavilland Beaver


DHC-2 Beaver


1 x Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp
Junior radial piston engine, 450 HP


Take-off weight

2540 kg

5600 lbs

Empty weight
1678 kg
3700 lbs


14.63 m
48 ft 0 in



32 ft 9 in


3.18 m
10 ft 5 in
Wing area
76.2 m2
250 sq ft


Max. speed
290 km/h
180 mph

Cruise speed

185 km/h
115 mph
3795 m
15750 ft
804 km
500 miles