Enjoy a rare opportunity to get close to bears while they are fishing for salmon! Take a scenic drive and then a short walk to Dog Salmon Fish Pass Wildlife Viewing Site. This established site allows people to watch and photograph the black bears of Prince of Wales Island in close proximity.

Bear viewing platform Dog Salmon Creek Prince of Wales Island Alaska

Fish and bear activity are at their greatest from mid-July through August. The Forest Service Interpretive Guide will be on site most days during that time. There is also educational signage that illustrates the web of life in the stream and surroundings. There is no fee to access Dog Salmon Fish Pass.

Visitors may drive to the site, or fly in on one of the charter air services from Ketchikan.

It is just under two hours to drive to Dog Salmon Creek from Craig. On the Klawock-Hollis Highway turn south on the Hydaburg road. In 9.7 miles turn east (left) onto the Polk Inlet Road. Follow this gravel road for 17.5 miles, staying to the right at the 5.8 mile mark. A sign marks the short spur road to the bear viewing site parking lot. The easy walking trail from the parking lot to the site is .25 miles.

During bear viewing season there is an outhouse in the parking lot. While the trail is not handicap accessible it is a wide gravel path with gentle slopes.

Bears may be upstream, downstream, or right in front of the viewing area!

Black bear looking at salmon stream Prince of Wales Island POW Alaska

Another interesting feature of the site is the fish ladder, also called a fish pass. Fish may challenge the formidable falls, or opt to travel up the fish ladder to access upstream spawning grounds.

Dog Salmon Creek fish ladder

This wonderful place makes a great day trip! Keep an eye out for deer and birds along the way!

Black bear at Dog Salmon Creek Fish Pass Prince of Wales Island Alaska