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Alaska Homestead Lodge is nestled at the foot of Mt. Iliamna in Lake Clark National Park and near Silver Salmon Creek, a place of unsurpassed beauty. The lodge is reached via airplane from Soldotna or Anchorage, making it a convenient location for an overnight bear viewing stay. The original homestead was established in the 1950’s at Silver Salmon Creek, since then the original buildings have been renovated into a rustic and comfortable wilderness lodge.
Lodge visitors will be treated to great bear viewing on the Cook Inlet coast where Alaskan brown bears graze in the nearby meadows. Bear watchers may also see eagles soaring overhead, seals and other Alaskan wildlife that thrive in the National Park wilderness. Other activities from Alaska Homestead Lodge include fishing, clamming, canoeing, hiking, berry picking – it’s all part of the lodge vacation experience in Lake Clark. Overnight guests enjoy wonderful home cooked meals and comfortable rooms and the great company of the lodge hosts who call this classic Alaska lodge home.
The Alaska Homestead Lodge offers the experience of a lifetime. Besides great bear viewing opportunities (typically June/July), guests learn about the amazing stories of homesteading and living in this remote area, without road access. All bear viewing trips are guided.
During mid June and through end of July bear sightings are most reliable; however, bears roam the green meadows all summer feeding on sage grass. Bears might be spotted near the lodge or within a 3-mile radius. Sightings cannot be guaranteed!
Anchorage or Soldotna to Lake Clark
Depart from Anchorage or Soldotna in the morning. After a scenic flight in a bush plane, land on a remote beach. After landing transfer to the lodge by 4-wheeler or walk. After receiving an introduction enjoy guided bear viewing or other activities. Your experienced guide will drive you in an ATV trailer to the best viewing spots (best times for bear viewing June through July). You will be able to get out of the trailer to photograph the bears from safe areas. After lunch, continue watching the bears or stroll along the beach. Enjoy a delicious meal this evening, prepared with locally grown ingredients. Overnight Alaska Homestead Lodge.
Alaska Homestead Lodge
Enjoy another day of guided bear viewing or other guided activity from the lodge, such as canoeing, fishing, or hiking. All meals included.
Lake Clark to Soldotna or Anchorage
Enjoy a casual breakfast at the lodge prior to your return to Soldotna or Anchorage. Tour concludes.
A stay is based on a 24-hr period. Please plan an overnight in the departing city before and after the lodge stay.