Prince of Wales Island Wildlife Viewing
Staney Creek

photo of Staney Creek area wildlife Look for Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, black bears, harbor seals and river otters at the estuary at Staney Creek throughout the summer. Loons and other waterfowl may also be seen here. Book the USDA Forest Service’s Staney Creek Cabin for greater opportunity to watch for wildlife in the early morning and late evening, when activity is highest.


Estuaries are waterways where fresh and salt water mix, and important feeding areas for wildlife. Staney Creek is one of the easiest-reached estuaries on Prince of Wales Island.


  • Black Bear
  • Eagles
  • Harbor Seal
  • Loons
  • River Otter
  • Sitka black-tailed deer


Wildlife is densest at Staney Creek during a small salmon run in September.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Facilities


A half-mile boardwalk and gravel trail leads from the parking area to the estuary (and cabin) at Staney Creek.

Plan to spend at least: 2 hours - full day +

Best Months

█ Best Month

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


Staney Creek is on the west side pf Prince of Wales Island. Look for the turnoff for Staney Creek on FH 43 between FH 42 and FH 44.


USDA Forest Service, Thorne Bay Ranger District - (907) 828-3304 or Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce - (907) 755-2626 or

Additional Information

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