Welcome to Admiralty Island & Pack Creek
Just 15 miles south of Juneau is Admiralty Island National Monument, a 1493-sq-mile preserve, of which 90% is designated wilderness. The monument has a wide variety of wildlife – from Sitka black-tailed deer and nesting bald eagles to harbor seals, sea lions and humpback whales – but more than anything else, Admiralty Island is known for bears. The 96-mile-long island has one of the highest populations of bears in Alaska, with an estimated 1500 brown bears, more than all the lower 48 states combined. It’s the reason the Tlingit called Admiralty Kootznoowoo, ‘the Fortress of Bears.’
The monument’s main attraction for visitors is Pack Creek, one of Southeast Alaska's chief bear-viewing sites.