Anan Wildlife Observatory permits available February 12

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

WRANGELL, Alaska—Permits will soon become available for those wanting an opportunity to visit the world class bear viewing at Anan Wildlife Observatory this summer. Starting Tuesday, February 12, at 8 a.m. (AKST) the public will be able to reserve permits at for the summer 2019 season. On February 12, there will be 20 permits available for each day of the permit season. Permits are required from July 5. through August 25. to visit the observatory. Visitation outside of this time period does not require a permit. provides a single point of access to information about Federal recreational activities and reservations. Reservations and payment may be completed online at or by or calling 1-877-444-6777. The TDD number is 1-877-833-6777. The international call number is 1-606-515-6777. The cost is $10 per individual, with a reservation fee of $6 per transaction.

To accommodate last-minute planning, four permits each day will be made available at the Wrangell District Office during the season through weekly lotteries. All lottery requests must be made in person at the Wrangell Ranger District front desk. A schedule with lottery dates will be available at the District Office before the permit season begins.

Information on the observatory, including site restrictions and a list of authorized guiding services can be found the Tongass National Forest website at For more information, contact the Wrangell Ranger District at 907-874-2323.

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

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Bears at Anan Wildlife Observatory

The Anan Wildlife Observatory is located 30 miles southeast of the town of Wrangell. Anan Creek has the largest run of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska, which supports the high density of black and brown bears. The facilities consists of a covered viewing shelter, decks, photo blind, and an outhouse.



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