Prince of Wales Island Wildlife Viewing
Dog Salmon Fishpass

photo of Dog Salmon Fishpass area wildlife Black bears and bald eagles are drawn to the Dog Salmon Fish Pass by pink and chum (commonly called “dog”) salmon runs that occur between late July and early September. The fish pass is at the outlet of Dog Salmon Creek on the west shore of Polk Inlet, and ideal spot for salmon spwaning. This is one of the most popular bear viewing sites on Prince of Wales, with good chances to spot a bear when the salmon run is high.


  • Black Bear
  • Chum (Dog) Salmon
  • Eagles
  • Pink (Humpy) Salmon


Look for wildlife here in the early morning and late evening hours, when activity is highest.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Facilities


The road to the Dog Salmon Fishpass can be quite bumpy in some places. Maintain a safe speed while driving.

Plan to spend at least: 2 - 4 hours

Best Months

█ Best Month

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • Best Month July
  • Best Month August
  • Best Month September
  • October
  • November
  • December


Dog Salmon Fish Pass is near the eastern end of FH 21, which heads east off of FH 13 (the road to Hydaburg) south of Cable Creek.


USDA Forest Service, Craig Ranger District - (907) 826-3271 or

Additional Information

Living with Bears