With 98% of the United States of Americas bear population living in Alaska it is hard to visit the state and not see one! We had the opportunity to see a brother and sister that were two year old grizzly bears swimming and eating salmon in the Chilkoot Lake just outside of Haines, Alaska. These siblings splashed in the water, caught several salmon and enjoyed a nice meal. It was really unique to be able to watch these two bears in their natural habitat while still staying at a safe distance.
With four salmon runs, starting in mid-June and ending in mid-October makes Chilkoot Lake a prime hotspot to see bears. Bears frequently come down to the river to feast on the salmon. Prior to doing any bear view make sure to understand proper bear safety as you could become close very quickly and need to know what to do. Below are our photos from our experience bear watching in Chilkoot Lake just outside of Haines, Alaska.