During the peak viewing season of July and August, Forest Service interpreters are on-site to provide current information on bear safety, trail conditions, and bear activity. Close encounters with bears using the Anan Trail are not infrequent from June 15 to September 15th.
The Anan Wildlife Observatory consists of a covered viewing shelter, decks, photo blind and an outhouse. The Observatory is accessed by a half-mile partially surfaced trail with stairs from the Anan Trailhead. Whether you arrive by boat or float plane, you will disembark in a tidal area.
Although many people come to see the bears at Anan, there is a lot more wildlife to see. You never know what will be waiting for you at Anan; Steller sea lions, wolves, and wolverines are a few species that have been spotted. Anan always hosts interesting birds as well, including bald eagles, gulls and American dippers.
The bounty of the summer salmon run supports the magnificent wildlife viewing at Anan. Anan Creek has the largest run of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska. It is estimated that 300,000 fish make their way up the creek to spawn and die. Shortly after hatching, pink salmon fry head to the ocean. Pinks spend about 2 years in the ocean before returning to their natal creek to spawn.