Prince of Wales Island Wildlife Viewing
Gravelly Creek

photo of Gravelly Creek area wildlife Gravelly Creek has a run of pink salmon during August and September, making it a popular fishing spot for both people and black bears. Sitka black-tailed deer roam along the short, wide gravel path between the parking area and the creek. Keep an eye out for bald eagles and red-breasted sapsuckers as well.


The forest along the gravel path between the parking area and the creek is good habitat for a variety of migratory songbirds. Listen for their songs while walking the path.


  • Black Bear
  • Eagles
  • Pink (Humpy) Salmon
  • Sitka black-tailed deer
  • Woodpeckers


Evening is the best time to see bears at Gravelly Creek, when there is less human activity.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Within Walking Distance


Gravelly Creek is a USDA Forest Service day-use area three miles outside of Thorne Bay. No camping is allowed at Gravelly Creek.

Plan to spend at least: 2 - 4 hours

Best Months

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  • Best Month September
  • October
  • November
  • December


Gravelly Creek is along Forest Highway 42, which heads west away from Thorne Bay towards Klawock and Craig.


USDA Forest Service, Thorne Bay Ranger District - (907) 828-3304 or

Additional Information

Living with Bears