Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site at a Glance

Photograph of Fish Creek wildlife viewing platform with people leaning on the railing watching a bear in the stream below.

Photograph looking down the length of the Fish Creek wildlife viewing platform. Platform is made of yellow cedar with benches and railing on both sides.


The Fish Creek Bear Viewing Area is a day-use recreation area in the Salmon River valley near Hyder, Alaska. Both brown (grizzly) and black bears can be observed and photographed at the site as they fish for chum and pink salmon in the clear shallow waters of Fish Creek and Marx Creek. Visitors will see wild bears in their natural habitat in this beautiful glacial river valley. Other wildlife frequently seen include nesting Canada geese, harlequin ducks, common mergansers, mink, beaver, bald eagles, and a wide variety of songbirds. Visitors occasionally see wolves fishing for salmon at this site.

Viewing Information:

Bears use the site from mid-July through early September, following the arrival of salmon that return to the fresh waters of the creeks to spawn. The site is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Forest Service employees are at the site during these hours to provide information about the bears and salmon, enforce site rules, and answer questions from visitors. Facilities include a

Hyder’s remote location and proximity to the interior of British Columbia offers other unique wildlife viewing opportunities. Several bird species common to the interior of North America but rarely found

Safety First:

Visitors to the site should be aware that bears frequently walk on the road, through the parking lot, and along the dike. They are often very close to people. Remember that these are wild bears! Please respect their need for space in which to move between feeding areas and to avoid confrontations with more dominant bears. Move back and give them room to pass by if they approach, and follow the directions of on-site staff who help direct visitors to appropriate viewing areas.

Fees, Passes and Permits:

Located 75 air miles northeast of Ketchikan and three miles north of Hyder by road in the Salmon River valley. The site is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Entry fees July 1 - September 30 and are available at the Hyder Forest Service Office and at local vendors.


One Day Pass


Three Day Pass


Weekly (seven day) Pass


Parking area, viewing deck, restroom. Camping in Hyder. Look for: brown and black bears, eagles, geese, ducks, mink, beaver, songbirds, and chum salmon.

For more information, call the Ketchikan Ranger District or the Hyder Forest Service office from May 1 through October 1. 907-225-2148 or 250-636-2367


The Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site is three miles north A sign marks the the Observation Site, and the parking area is on the left just past the Fish Creek bridge. 

Ownership & Management:

USDA Forest Service, Fiords Ranger District, (907) 225-2148. The Forest Service also has an office in the Hyder Community Association Building (205-636-2367).

Closest Towns:

Hyder, Alaska

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Best Viewing Season:

apring - fall viewing season

Map of Hyder, Fish Creek Observation Site Area. This image will take you to directions to the site.

Thumbnail of schematic map of Hyder area. Link to larger map and directions.