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Juneau Management Area
Weather throughout the area is very unpredictable, and if it’s not raining, you can be sure that it will be before long. Good rain gear and boots are a must. Short boots are fine for some areas or for use with rain gear; however, hip boots and/or chest-waders are preferable for most shore-based fisheries. If you are camping, be sure to take along an abundance of rain-fly material. Excellent populations of mosquitoes, white-sox, no-see-ums, and flies inhabit the area and can be depended upon to give you trouble if you do not have a good supply of insect repellent. Sometimes different brands of repellent are needed to deter the various types of insects. Insect-proof tents are practically a necessity, and head nets are needed in some areas.
Brown and black bears are common throughout Southeast Alaska. Seeing one of these magnificent animals can be a memorable part of one’s trip; however, bears should be avoided whenever possible. The danger associated with bears is generally overrated, but bears are definitely very unpredictable—and encounters should never be taken lightly. In some areas, brown bears frequent favorite sport fishing locations and, on occasion, steal fish from anglers. When in bear habitat: (1) make noise so as not to surprise one; (2) do not keep food stored in or near your tent; (3) keep a very clean camp; and (4) do not camp on a game trail or alongside a stream full of spawning fish.
Common sense is the best bear protection available, but many people carry a firearm for additional protection; large caliber rifles of at least .30-06 ballistics or shotguns with slugs or buckshot are recommended. Familiarity with firearm operation is absolutely essential, as a bear can travel 50 feet in a second.