We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Fortress of the Bear

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number:
+1 907-747-3032
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear
More Info
and up
Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear
More Info
and up
Sitka Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise and City Sightseeing Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 463 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 296
  • 111
    Very good
  • 36
  • 10
  • 3
See Bears Upclose

Great Organization that helps out Bears. It was nice to see the Bears interact and play with each other.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2016
Jeff S
Lexington, Kentucky
Add Photo Write a Review

463 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 456: English reviews
Lexington, Kentucky
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Great Organization that helps out Bears. It was nice to see the Bears interact and play with each other.

Thank Jeff S
Westminster, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is not a zoo. So if you're looking for one don't come here. It's nice because these bears are orphaned. If you ask the workers they will tell you their story. I believe there are 8 bears total but split up into 3 parts. Also the observation deck can get really crowded because a lot of tours stop here... More 

Thank brittanynguyen
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Good way to get up close and personal with the bears. The bears were very active and entertaining. They appear to love their enclosures and the workers treat them with a lot of respect.

Thank Plcattys
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
237 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a sanctuary and rehab centre for orphaned bears. The walkway to view the bears is located on a higher (roofed) area where you can see into 3 different areas holding all the bears. You can stay as long as you like and being only $10.00 per adult entry, it's a great deal. The bears are just gorgeous and... More 

2 Thank jetsettingaussies
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I'm glad this organization is looking out for orphaned bears. I hope they can rehabilitate more in the future.

Thank JanetN5858
Chorley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
267 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Former cooling towers have been converted to house rescued bears both black and brown , great to watch the brown bears wade in the water eating salamon and then waiting for one of the staff to throw them some fruit, the black bears have a type of play area, all staff very informative , enjoyed it even though the weather... More 

Thank cnomis
Kent, Washington
Level Contributor
201 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Wes and his team are all fantastic and treated us really well, even though they were closed and we kinda walked in. They are doing a great thing and it's really nice to see what they are doing with the passion they have! I will send people here without a doubt just due to the fantastic thing that happens here!... More 

Thank 1968ChevyDude
Elkville, Il
Level Contributor
112 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Excellent staff available to provide the background on each rescued bear and explain how the bears are rehabilitated and placed in safe environments, not an easy task since they cannot be re-released into the wild in Alaska. And you know your entry fee and any donation you leave is going to actually help orphaned bears. Also good to learn that... More 

Thank orangysfriend
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Fortress of the Bear is way fun! The large former cooling towers actually provide great habitats for the bears. All are rescues and forbidden to release back into the wild, their habitats are great! They have natural rivers running through that they can even fish in during certain times of the year. If you are looking for an extra adventure,... More 

4 Thank CW K
Carrboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Here you will see how a group is doing their best to take in injured bears or abandoned bear cubs. A first of it's kind in the state. The bears are now healthy and seem to be enjoying themselves.

Thank anncollins217

Been to Fortress of the Bear? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Fortress of the Bear and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Fortress of the Bear staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?