Located on the Katmai Coast and in Katmai National Park, this lodge offers one of the most unique bear viewing experiences in Alaska. Imagine being able to safely stay at a... Read more.
The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is located in the heart of the 1.9 million acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Karluk Lake. The Kodiak Refuge is on one of the most productive watersheds in the world and home to one of the highest densities and concentrations of brown bears in the world. Bear viewing actually takes place on Kodiak Island and this Alaska tour offers a chance to see the famous and legendary Kodiak brown bear at home in their natural habitat. With a maximum capacity of 6 guests, the Kodiak Brown Bear Center will be the perfect place for any bear enthusiast to immerse themselves in the observation, photography and learning about the largest carnivore on earth!
Important - An overnight in Anchorage before and after this program is required.
Anchorage to Kodiak
In the afternoon transfer on your own to Anchorage airport to meet a scheduled flight to Kodiak Island. On arrival in Kodiak transfer to your hotel (hotel shuttle available). Rest of evening at leisure in Kodiak. Overnight at a hotel in Kodiak City.
Kodiak to Kodiak Brown Bear Center
Morning at leisure in Kodiak City. Later you will be transferred to the floatplane base in Kodiak. At around 1:00pm depart on an approx. 45 minute to 1 hour float plane flight to Camp Island on Karluk Lake. The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is situated on a 58 acre site known as Camp Island on the Karluk Lake which has over 30 miles of shoreline with countless tributaries creating one of the highest salmon concentrations on Kodiak. This adventure offers visitors unparalleled access and opportunities to observe and study these legendary bears in their natural habitat and surroundings from viewing areas strategically located in the field as well as from the lodges custom built 30' catamaran. After a safety orientation you will be immersed into a guided bear viewing adventure. The evening dinner is served in the dining cabin. After dinner you'll settle into your comfortable and well-appointed cabin for your first overnight stay at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center. All guest cabins are directly at the water’s edge and each cabin has a private outdoor deck where bears and other wildlife can often be seen as well.
Kodiak Brown Bear Center
Camp Island affords a lodging buffer from the abundant bear activity around the perimeter of the lake and provides a curious and entertaining population of local wildlife such as deer, fox and river otter. After breakfast you will embark on a day of guided bear viewing to one of three prime viewing areas and enjoy a scenic nature and wildlife cruise of the 36 square mile Karluk Lake by heated catamaran. Overnight at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.
Kodiak Brown Bear Center
The island is one of the most researched bear habitat areas in the world and you will likely have opportunities for interactions with researchers and wildlife photographers today. There is a good chance to see the bears all summer as the area is great habitat for sows and cubs. However, starting August 1st the bear concentrations are beginning their peak due to the prolific salmon runs entering Karluk Lake and this increases the chance to see the bigger male bears called boars. Overnight at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.
Kodiak Brown Bear Center to Kodiak
In the morning after breakfast, you will have the opportunity to participate in a guided activity (bear viewing, kayaking or fishing). After lunch you will check out and prepare for the return flight to Kodiak in the early afternoon. Transfer to your hotel in Kodiak provided. Overnight at a hotel in Kodiak City.
Kodiak to Anchorage
Morning at leisure to explore Kodiak City or as weather window for delayed returns from the Kodiak Brown Bear Center. In the afternoon transfer on own to the Kodiak Airport. Afternoon / evening flight from Kodiak to Anchorage. Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer on own.
The layover time in Kodiak City is needed for potential weather delays and due to flight schedules. We cannot shorten the stay in Kodiak City.
Please note this program is not available on a daily basis.
- 6 days/5 nights package can only be started on Sundays or Wednesdays (July 14 to Sep 29, 2021)
- 7 days/6 nights package can only be started on Wednesdays or Saturdays (July 14 to Sept 29, 2021)
- 10 days/9 nights package can only be started on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (July 14 to Sept 29, 2021)
The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.
If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.
The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.
All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.