Pack Creek Getting There

There is no road to Pack Creek. Access is by floatplane, motorboat, sailboat, kayak, or canoe ONLY. Most visitors arrive by floatplane from Juneau; the trip usually takes about 30 minutes each way. Follow the links below to learn more about the various transportation options.

Whichever method you choose, remember that the weather in Southeast Alaska is often poor and always unpredictable. Flights are sometimes cancelled due to high winds and poor visibility. Be prepared for this contingency by bringing extra clothing, snacks and any vital medications.

Air Charter vs. Guide

Air charter companies are like taxis -- they provide transportation only. They will not accompany you while you are at Pack Creek, and you must purchase your own permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

Guide companies will provide you with a Pack Creek permit, arrange for transportation, and accompany you at all times while you are at Pack Creek. Only the six commercial guiding companies listed here are authorized to visit Pack Creek. Note that Alaska Coastal Outfitters and Bluewater Adventures do not offer trips to Pack Creek during the peak season.

Air Charters Guides
Admiralty Air Service
P.O. Box 32851
Juneau, AK. 99803
(907) 796-2000
Above & Beyond Alaska
P.O. Box 211202
Auke Bay, AK 99821
Phone: (907) 364-2333
Air Excursions
P.O. Box 16
Gustavus, AK 99826
(907) 789-5591
Alaska Catamaran/Allen Marine
PO Box 1049
Phone: (907) 747-8100
Sitka, AK 99835
Alaska Seaplanes
1873 Shell Simmons Drive Suite 110
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-3331
All Aboard Yacht Charters
PO Box 436
Union, WA 98592
Phone: 360-898-7300
Ward Air
8991 Yandukin Dr.
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-9150
Bear Creek Outfitters
2551 Vista Drive, B301
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 723-3914
Web page:
Wings Airways
2 Marine Way Suite 175
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 586-6275
Blue Water Adventures Ltd.
#3-252 East First Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L1B3 Canada
  Dolphin Charters (multi-day only)
1007 Leneve Place
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 527-9622
  Maple Leaf Adventures
P.O. Box 8845, Stn. Central
Victoria, BC V8W 3Z1
(888) 599-5323
  Pack Creek Bear Tours
8585 Old Dairy Road Suite 201
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 790-2992
  Pacific Catalyst II, Inc.
P.O. Box 3117
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(800) 378-1708
  Shoulder season only:
Alaska Coastal Outfitters
505 First St.
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-8759

Pack Creek boat and rainbowInformation for Boaters

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the protection of Pack Creek's bears and the safety of all visitors, the Pack Creek mud flats are closed to boat traffic at all tides. These flats flood at approximately +12' tide. Please refer to this boater information map.

Pack Creek (approx.):
57.8991°N, 134.2807°W.

Upper Seymour Canal contains several uncharted rocks, reefs and shoals. Navigation north or east of Windfall Island is not recommended.

The best route to Pack Creek is the channel between Staunch Point and Late Point (Windfall Island). Windfall Harbor offers the nearest sheltered anchorage.

In the summer, orange buoys at Pack Creek indicate submerged outhaul lines. To avoid these lines, please stay outside the orange buoys. Rangers may contact you on VHF Ch. 16, and will help moor your boat or dinghy to the outhauls.

If you observe a bear on the beach, please do not approach it.

De Havilland EngineInformation for Pilots

Please refer to FAA Advisory Circular AC 91-36D (pdf) for information regarding flights over national monuments and Wilderness areas. The FAA and the U.S. Forest Service request that pilots maintain a minimum altitude of 1,000 feet AGL within a two-mile radius of Pack Creek. Please consult this map of recommended flight paths before departing.

The landing of helicopters in National Forest Wilderness is prohibited by 36 CFR 261.16(c).

Your cooperation is appreciated. Adhering to these guidelines will help ensure the continued safety of Pack Creek's visitors and staff.

Pack Creek Oliver Inlet TramInformation for Paddlers

For those seeking an unrivaled opportunity for solitude, the best way to Pack Creek is by kayak or canoe. A rail-mounted pushcart at Oliver Inlet lets you move personal gear and small watercraft between Seymour Canal and Stephens Passage. This route is more than 80 miles shorter from Juneau than the water-only route around the southern tip of Admiralty Island's Glass Peninsula.

Primitive camping is available near Pack Creek on Windfall Island and in Windfall Harbor. Keep in mind that fresh water is not available on Windfall Island.

Allow at least six days for a roundtrip. Several companies in Juneau offer transportation to and from Oliver Inlet, further shortening the trip.

Be sure to check the tide! Arriving at either end of the tram during low tide can mean a long walk across hundreds of acres of mud flats.

The State of Alaska maintains a cabin at the southern terminus of the tram. Contact the Division of Parks at (907) 269-8400 for information on reserving this cabin (88 kb pdf).

Kayaks are available for rent within the Pack Creek Zoological Area with advanced notice from Above & Beyond Alaska. Please call (907) 364-2333 or call (907) 364-2333 email or Web:

For more information on paddling to Pack Creek, contact Admiralty Island National Monument at (907) 586-8800.