Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between Pack Creek and Waterfall Creek bear viewing?

Pack Creek is a designated Brown Bear Sanctuary in the middle of Admiralty Island.
Pack Creek is operated May-September with limited availability.   Pack Creek is overseen by the USFS and ADF&G with permitting policies that limit the number of guests to very small groups in order to have minimal impact on the Bears in the area.  Waterfall Creek is a site that has been utilized and managed by BCO for more than 20 years! Waterfall Creek is operated late June-September when the Bears are actively fishing for Salmon.

What Equipment is provided for Bear Viewing trips?

We provide our guests rain gear, rubber boots, and waders when necessary to keep you dry when loading and unloading from the floatplane.  We also provide binoculars and spotting scopes with phone mounts so our guests can take in all the views that the excursion offers.  Waterproof tote bags are available for use as well as a light snack and water.

What equipment is provided for fly-fishing trips?

BCO provides everything you’ll need to make you fishing trip a success!  Echo, Sage, and Orvis Rods with Ross Reels.  Waders in sizes youth 3 to men’s 15, rain jackets when needed, along with a snack, water, and soft drinks.  All of your flies and tippet material will be provided courtesy of your guide.

What to bring?

We recommend for all of our excursions that guests dress in layers so that you can add or take off layers to match the variable weather that Alaska has to offer.  We also recommend a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when necessary.

Should I tip my guide?

All of our guides strive to provide the best experience for our guests.  Our guides truly are professional and will appreciate any gratuity that they are given if you feel their services have warranted it.  Typical gratuities range from 10%-20%.

What if I’m an beginner angler?

A fly out fly fishing trip is high on many of our guest’s bucket lists.  Our guests come with all levels of fly fishing abilities from beginner anglers to seasoned pros.  All of our guides are professional casting instructors and will make sure that everyone receives a casting lesson with pro tips throughout the day to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime!

What type aircraft do you operate?

We have several aircraft to fit the needs of each excursion.  We operate DeHaviland Beavers and Otters, as well as Cessna 180, 185, and 206.

Will we see wildlife?

You won’t be alone in the waters was while on your BCO excursion.  Along with the salmon, a wide variety of marine mammals such as Seals, Otters, Whales, and Porpoises are frequently seen from shore.  On land Brown Bears, Black Bears, Sitka Black-Tailed Deer, Eagles, and an abundance of waterfowl are around throughout the season.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation to our shop at the Juneau International Airport is proved from anywhere in Juneau.

Do you serve alcohol?

BCO does not hold an Alaska liquor license and do not provide alcohol for our excursions.  If you would like to enjoy a cold one while on your fishing trip guests are welcome to provide your own.