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Experience the thrill of taking off from the Ketchikan waterfront by floatplane with a veteran Alaska bush pilot, on this unique wildlife expedition only available to a small number of visitors. Your pilot will guide you to a remote site in the Tongass National Forest noted for its salmon rich streams and abundant wildlife. A 20-minute flight takes you by historic homesteads and over the sparkling waters of Alaska's fabled Inside Passage. View an unfolding landscape of forested mountains and pristine lakes on your way to our choice remote viewing location.
Few forest locations in North America offer the wildlife viewing opportunities found here! Upon landing you will be met by an Alaskan naturalist, and driven approximately one mile by van, along a forest road, to a trailhead. A pleasant and short hike along an improved trail leads to a viewing platform overlooking a beautiful salmon spawning stream. Along the way, your guide will identify the variety of vegetation that flourishes in this rich rain-forest environment.
From the viewing platform, you will look down on stunning rapids as the fast flowing creek cascades towards the sea and the large numbers of salmon in the stream congregate to complete their spawning journey. This is where black bear gather to feed on runs of pink, Coho, and Chum salmon, as they head upstream to spawn. Bald eagles perch in the surrounding trees waiting for fish scraps left by the bears. In addition, a variety of birds, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink and marten frequent the area.
Ample time is allowed to observe the wildlife activity in this forest ecosystem before the hike back to the van and the short drive to your awaiting aircraft. Interpretation by your pilot and guide will enhance this truly intimate natural experience, perfect for the nature lover and photographer. Wear comfortable hiking footwear and waterproof outerwear. Wildlife sightings are frequent, however they cannot be guaranteed.
Once onboard the aircraft, each passenger will receive an individual noise cance;ling digital headset to enjoy the pilot's narration during flight. Upon return, each guest will be awarded a personalized Alaska Bush Plane certificate, signed by their pilot, and will include a floatplane photograph. Traders Cove opens late July and operates through early September.
Choose Child / Adult Pricing
Cost Per Person (Adult)
Tour Cost: $332.00
Tax/Other Fees: $37.00
Total Cost: $369.00
Cost Per Person (Child)
Tour Cost: $310.00
Tax/Other Fees: $34.00
Total Cost: $344.00
Guests must be able to walk up to a mile over uneven terrain and without the assistance of hand rails. Wear layered clothing and sturdy non-skid shoes good for walking. Traders Cove opens late July and operates through early September.
At the cruise ship pier. The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.