Viewing bear in their natural environment is a quintessential Alaska experience. These magnificent animals are captivating to watch, and the best way to ensure a quality viewing experience is to fly-in with a top outfitter. Bear follow their food source. This means that bear viewing times can change from year to year, following the salmon runs. The available times for bear viewing trips range from June to mid-September, with a peak season in July and August. We recommend planning ahead for bear viewing trips as these are popular and the fly-in nature of the trips may require additional travel logistics and time.
All tours listed below can be booked through Alyeska's Concierge Desk: 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.
Seventy miles southwest of Anchorage is the grand entrance to Lake Clark Wilderness Park & Preserve. Lake Clark NP is also the home to Redoubt Mountain Lodge, the only private property within a 25-mile radius and accessible only by float plane, providing a truly a remote Alaskan experience. The lodge is your luxury base camp and is located on the glacier-fed waters of Crescent Lake where the guided bear viewing tour starts. This unique viewing opportunity is by boat (open boat/6 person capacity) with an expert guide with local knowledge on local bear and other wildlife, as well as national park information.
This trip to the remote Katmai National Park is truly a bear viewing expedition. The scenic floatplane ride soars past glaciers and volcanoes to the most famous brown bear country of southwest Alaska. Watch brown bear fish for spawning salmon from elevated viewing platforms and boardwalks at Brooks Falls. National Park rangers will provide a safety briefing on arrival at the park, and be on-hand for questions. This is a self-guided trip. Bear viewing includes walking on the option of two relatively flat paths.
Take off by floatplane form Anchorage’s Lake Hood float plane base to Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge. Flight time is 50 minutes each way. At the remote wilderness lodge, learn about black and brown bears and their natural behaviors from experienced natural history guides. Bear viewing takes place by covered boat.
Contact Alyeska's Concierge Desk at 907-754-2108.