Alaska’s finest Bear Viewing

Alaska’s finest Bear Viewing

Alaska’s finest Bear Viewing

Alaska’s finest Bear Viewing

Alaska’s finest Bear Viewing

Overnight BearCamp® Adventures
2 to 5 day trips with the Bears of Lake Clark

Chosen by Outside Magazine as North America's best Bush Camp, this Alaska Brown Bear viewing trip is the perfect to addition to your independent tour of Alaska. Your flight to BearCamp takes you by active volcanoes and massive glaciers en route to a beach landing, like the earliest pioneers. Not only do you get some of the best bear viewing in Alaska, you will enjoy hi tech, "tent-cabins" heat, light and potties. Trip includes great meals, great guides and incredible scenery. With over 70 resident bears in 2018, we have some of the most consistent and spectacular bear viewing in Alaska, including "Spring cubs" in June and big Adult brown bears all summer. They begin fishing as the salmon arrive in late July and through August. These are one of a kind bear viewing excursions.

Space is VERY limited. 2 - 5 day trips begins in Sterling with a check in at our lodge. R/T transfers from Anchorage available @ 150.00 per person

Logistics

Check in at our lodge on the day of your flight to BearCamp®. (Flight time differs each day based on a variety of factors, so please ask one of our Adventure experts for more information). After lunch, we'll shuttle you to the airstrip (20 minutes from lodge) in time for your flight to BearCamp®.

Once you arrive at BearCamp, you'll receive a thorough orientation by our great staff, then spend your time at the camp on our private raised viewing platform, or traveling to some of the other spectacular viewing locations near the camp. Our camp is in a one-of-a-kind location and in addition to fantastic personal service, we focus on a sustainable environment that is good for the amazing bears in our area.

Activities

  • One-of-a-kind, truly Wild Bear viewing at a sustainable camp deep in the Wilderness
  • Incredible private camp at a homestead location in Lake Clark National Park
  • Spectacular flight seeing trip to and from camp, passing Mt. Illiamna and the Drift River

Accommodations

This trip features stays at our world famous BearCamp®. BearCamp® is a "glamping" style basecamp. Bearcamp is a permantent tent camp at an original homestead Lake Clark National Park. Overnights are in our Extreme duty Weather-Port tents on wooden decks. The tents feature hard floors, Twin and queen beds with full linens and propane heat and light. Each tent also has a small potty for evening bathroom trips that don't include heading to the shower house! :)

Meals are served in the main dining tent with a library and charging station for your camera batteries.

Finally, a fantastic view of Cook Inlet from your bed ensures a full-on "Glamping" stye adventure you'll never forget.

Itinerary

1st Day

Check-in at Main lodge / Fly to BearCamp, View Bears & Overnight
For no transfers version, please call the lodge the day before your trip to find check in time. We'll confirm the flight schedule for the day and give you a check in time between 8:00 and 10:30. Lunch and orientation is followed by a flight to our BearCamp©, our incredible bear viewing camp in Lake Clark National Park. Following your arrival at BearCamp and a thorough orientation, you’ll spend the afternoon viewing the amazing coastal Alaskan Brown Bears at the very base of Mt. Illiamna, one of Alaska’s most beautiful mountains. After Alaska bear viewing, you’ll overnight in an electrified fence perimeter of high-tech Weather-Port tent cabins with heater, porta-potty, writing desk, and twin beds.

Middle Day(s)

All Day With the Bears of Chinitna & Overnight
(Note: this day applies to any middle days on 3, 4 or 5 day trips). Today is that pearl of a day…in a wilderness Shangri-la with nowhere to go! Wake up to hot coffee and a wash basin of steaming water. After a hearty breakfast, you guides will discuss the best viewing options, then it’s off to one or both of our special viewing locations. Watching bears clamming, fighting, feeding or playing are all on the agenda- each time period and season brings it's own unique combination, and every single trip is different. (The Bears begin fishing in the late July/August time frame). A wonderful Lunch and dinner will be served back at the main camp in the dining tent, with evening beach fires (weather permitting) then overnight with the staff of BearCamp.

Last Day

Morning with the Bears / return to main lodge (this describes your final day, whether a 2, 3, 4 or 5 day trip)
A final day with the bears…you and your guides will perhaps choose another viewing location, walk the beach, and spend the morning in true wilderness beauty with the royalty of Alaskan wildlife.After some morning viewing, it’s back to the planes for the trip to our riverside main lodge. No transfers version guests will depart on own after afting at main lodge. If you chose r/t transfers from Anchorage, see below:

PLEASE NOTE: FOR R/T TRANSFERS FROM ANCHORAGE, THERE WILL BE A LAYOVER AT THE LODGE BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE BY VAN BACK TO ANCHORAGE. If that does not work for your schedule, choose the "no transfers required" version. The "No Transfers" version is complete when you land and are transferred to the lodge and check out- dinner on your own.

Recommended Gear List

Please see our recommended BearCamp packing list in our BearCamp Pre-trip Info. Please note we have a 20 pound maximum luggage per person. If you require more than that be sure to ask your Adventure Expert - there may be an additional fee.

Getting There

Contact us the night before your trip (call us at 866 411 2327) to comfirm the flight schedule. On the day of your trip, please check in at our riverside main lodge in Sterling at least 1.5 hours prior to scheduled depart time. After check in, we'll transfer you to the air strip for the amazing flight to BearCamp.. Your approximately 50 minute flight will take you over Cook Inlet, past volcanoes and glaciers and finally landing at BearCamp. When your trip is over (whether that be 2, 3, 4 or 5 days) your return flight will take you back to the landing strip, and we'll then shuttle you back to the main lodge to pick up your car and continue on. Return flight from BearCamp typically arrives between Noon - 4:30 depending on schedule, weather and tides.

Whats Included

Your Alaska bear viewing trip includes all meals, lodging and daily guided adventures.

MEALS: lunch on day one -usually at our Adventure lodge - and end with lunch (typically at BearCamp) on your final day.

ACCOMMODATIONS: double occupancy in comfortable WeatherPort tents (see photos) and daily guiding in bear country. before your flight back to the Kenai.

If you choose transfers from Anchorage (additional 150.00 per person) there will be a layover at the lodge before departing for Anchorage around 6:30 pm. Your driver will stop along the way so you can get some snacks for the road. Dinner on your own in Anchorage.

What's Not Included

Gratuities and Transfers from Anchorage not included,

A Sustainable Destination

In addition to sharing the amazing Kenai with our guests, protection of our environment and all of it’s unique and amazing wildlife is at the core of all adventure travel and wilderness fishing experiences, and since 2010, Great Alaska Adventures is proud to be certified as a sustainable Travel Destination from Adventure Green Alaska - Alaska’s recognized tourism certification program.

Find out more about sustainability

Not Ready to Book Yet?

Receive a copy of our exciting 2018 Legendary Adventures brochure in the mail and we’ll have our 40 page catalog in the sent to you right away. In the meantime, dive into the online version, and please let us know if you have any questions! Our office staff has a combined 100 years of Alaska and worldwide adventure travel experience, and we’d love to put that knowledge to work to assist your planning.