Traitors Cove Bear Viewing

The Experience

The Traitors Cove Bear Viewing experience begins with a short 20 minute flight over the lush wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.  Your pilot will narrate along the way, pointing out key points in the area.  After you touch down in Traitors Cove, you will be met on the floatplane dock by your personal Alaska Bear Guide who will drive you about one mile down a United States Forest Service (USFS) road to a trailhead.  Your guide will safely escort you down the trail (approximately 250 yards) to the Margaret Creek Bear Viewing platform.  Along the trail, your guide will point out the flora, fauna, berries and trees as well as any wildlife you encounter.  Keep your eyes peeled all around – bald eagles and even bears are known to perch high above in the trees. 

Flightseeing & Crab Feast
  • Visit a World Class bear viewing facility.
  • A round trip flight over the Tongass National Forest is included.
  • Listen to a personalized flight narration – no recorded tracks
  • There is a high likelihood of seeing black bears, eagles and salmon.
  • Enjoy a nature walk of approximately ¼ mile round trip.
  • Be accompanied by an experienced Alaska Bear Guide.
  • Tour length is 3 hours with up to 45 minutes of flightseeing.
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SeaWind Aviation trip to Traitors cove was awesome !” ~ Trip Advisor Comment

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The Amenities

Upon arrival to the platform, you will be at a prime vantage point to see Alaska’s REAL fisherman! Watch the true champions of the tour – the 5 species of salmon battling in the last part of their life, to arrive upstream to spawn.  They are fighting not just the swift current but also the bears.  See the black bears fattening up for winter, plunge into the rushing water with  jaws wide, to eat the wild salmon heading upstream to spawn.  Besides bears feeding, you are also likely to see Bald Eagles feeding on salmon scraps left over by the bears.  Your naturalist/guide will answer any questions you have about the local wildlife, flora and fauna.

USFS Facility

The Margaret Creek Bear Viewing observatory is maintained by the USFS whose policy allows bear tours from late July into late September.  We operate our bear viewing tours from the beginning of August through mid-September in order to maximize the peak of the bear viewing season. To protect this delicate habitat, only a small number of visitors are allowed on the platform at one time and there is a restriction for the total number of visitors per day.  As a result, you are guaranteed an intimate and awe-inspiring experience.  An opportunity to visit this location is an opportunity not to be missed!  It is as advised to book this tour as early as possible due to the strict availability.

$369 Per Person
$329 12 and Under