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Icy Strait Wilderness Island Tour

15 reviews

Excursion Overview

Join the fun on a guided driving tour across the beautiful Chichagof Island

Chichagof Island, where Icy Strait Point situated, is near the entrance of Port Frederick Bay. This body of water is known to the Indigenous Tlingit people as the Bay of Bears due to its abundance of salmon.

The Bay of Bears contains six major salmon streams. Once the yearly salmon spawn begins, the streams are teeming with wildlife looking for fish. You'll have a chance to see bears as they attempt to fatten up for the winter, and other wildlife like river otters, mink, bald eagles, and martens.

The tour begins from Icy Strait Point. You'll drive around the island in a passenger van, searching for bears, while your tour guide narrates the scenery around you. They'll talk about their lives in rural Alaska and their experiences with local wildlife. Imagine living in a town with more bears than people!

One of our guests' favorite things to do on tour is to pick their own berries and herbs. Your expert guide will describe the medicinal purposes of the local plant life, explaining the healing properties and nutritional benefits. Some of the wild berries growing here contain more nutrients than any cultivated berries per pound.

This tour is very special, providing an experience that you won't find anywhere else. You will not regret getting off the beaten path and joining this experience!

Depart from the Excursions Hub with your lifelong Hoonah residential guides

Your guides are excited to share local history and stories from living in Hoonah and all that Chichagof Island has to offer. This tour is a three-hour driving tour with a few very short walks. Wildlife is not guaranteed but your guides will do their best to point out any sightings.

Please note: guests traveling with infants (3 and under) are required to bring along a car seat for them. Car seats are not provided. Booster seats will be provided for children older than 4.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the Icy Strait Excursions Hub


  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from the Excursions Hub.)

  • 3 hour narrated scenic drive around the island

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Excursions Hub. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb into and out of the van. There is minimal storage for collapsible wheelchairs or walkers. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no age restrictions for this tour. Please note: guests traveling with infants (3 and under) are required to bring along a car seat for them. Car seats are not provided. Booster seats will be provided for children older than 4.

Yes, you will need to bring along your own car seat for any children 3 and under, per Alaska state law. We do not provide car seats for children under 3. Booster seats will be provided for anyone who is 4+.

Our success rate for seeing bears is very high, however, wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Our area has more bears per square mile than any other place in Alaska with 1.7 bears per square mile.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Non-alcoholic beverages in closeable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.​

Food and drinks are not included.​


Guest Reviews


15 total


Julie G

On Jun 2024

Tour was a beautiful drive through old logging roads and forest. We saw a brown bear and the drivers were extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife, history of the area, and the indigenous people. I'd highly recommend it!

Donna W

On May 2024

It was so nice having John & Marilyn as our tour guides! Their knowledge of the culture, wildlife and plants was so interesting. Unfortunately we did not see any bears, just deer but still this tour was so worth taking!

Jeff H

On May 2024

What a pleasure and a privilege to spend an afternoon in sunny Icy Strait with John and Marilyn; two local Tlingit people clearly proud of their culture and keen to show others. Marilyn kept us all (actually only the six of us) enthralled with tales of her heritage, local specialities, and even some of her secret recipes, while John the Bear Whisperer, slowly took us around the back tracks in the forest looking for wildlife. Then, when our time with them was coming to an end, he suddenly took a left turn saying we ll just have one last try down here and lo and behold as we stopped on a bridge there were three bears, grazing on the flood plain. Fantastic! Little did we know, however, that daddy bear was already sneaking up on us from behind! He came within 20 or 30 yards from the bridge before turning away. On our way back the main track there was one more glimpse, through the trees, of a bear sunbathing in a clearing. All in all a cracking day out in great company.

Kimberly R

On May 2024

If you are trying to decide on a tour, PICK. THIS. ONE. John and Marilyn were FANTASTIC! They are locals and live there year round, who better to show you around? They are such great people and we had a wonderful time getting to know them. We learned about the area, culture, wildlife & plants. We unfortunately didn't see any bears, but it wasn't from a lack of trying.

James H

On May 2024

Marilyn and John were excellent hosts. They treated us like family, giving us a personal tour of the area. We saw several bears and got some great photos. We enjoyed the tour and the stories they shared with us. Highly recommend their tour.


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Duration: 3 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 3 hours

Adult (13+): $135.00

Child (4-12): $100.00

Infant (Under 4): $0.00

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