McNeil River State Game Sanctuary Golden Anniversary Celebration

  • Date: May 11, 2017
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10

Celebrate April's First Friday with the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary 50th Anniversary Celebration. In 1967, the Alaska State Legislature set aside the McNeil River drainage as a sanctuary to protect the world’s largest congregation of brown bears as they feed on spawning salmon. The sanctuary is world famous and hosts a limited number of visitors each summer for a unique wilderness bear viewing experience.

The McNeil River sanctuary golden anniversary celebration is planned at the Bear Tooth Theaterpub for May 11 at 7:30 p.m. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists and volunteers from Friends of McNeil River will be available to offer information about the sanctuary and Alaska’s bears. Join us for an evening of talks with authors Tom Walker and Doug Chadwick. Plus art by local artist Jim Gillette and photographs from 50 years at McNeil River.

The public is welcome. For more information, contact Joe Meehan at or (907) 267-2281.