Alaska's Premier Bear Viewing

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is located on Kodiak Island, in the heart of the 1.9 million acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.  The lodge is located on Karluk Lake; one of the most productive watersheds and home to one of the highest densities of brown bears in the world, including the world-famous Kodiak Brown Bear.

While this abundant habitat offers you the best opportunities to see these amazing creatures, all accommodations are located on Camp Island, providing a buffer from the generous bear activity around the perimeter of the lake. Plus, as an Alaska Native-owned property, it is the staff’s endeavor to share their Native Alutiiq heritage with you throughout your visit, imparting culture and history on you during your stay.

Dates of Operation:  July 25 – October 20
Lodge Size:  Maximum 6 guests
Arrival Schedule: 3, 4, and 7-night stays possible (Arrivals/departure on Monday, Thursday, Sunday only)
WiFi: available throughout the property including guest cabins
Phone Service: Landlines and wireless
Recommended for adults only

Main Lodge

Within a short walking distance of the guest cabins, the main lodge is where meals are served. The lodge is also a gathering place for daily lectures and presentations by naturalist guides or just for relaxation during your stay.

Guest Cabins

Facilities include four newly-constructed, deluxe cabins with private bath and high-end interior finishes, including bamboo and tile flooring. The guest cabins are directly at the water’s edge and each has a private outdoor deck, where bears and other wildlife can often be seen. Each cabin has 1 queen and 1 double-size bed.

Lodge Accessibility

You may reach the Kodiak Brown Bear Center only by a 45-minute float plane ride from Kodiak.

Lodge Cuisine

Breakfasts and dinners are served ‘family style’ for guests to enjoy each day.  Lunches are planned to accommodate each day’s activities.  Please note that alcoholic beverages will not be available but guests are welcome to bring their own.

Lodge Activities

It’s all about seeing the bears at Kodiak Brown Bear Center. As the area is a prime habitat for bears, this program offers some of the best opportunities for bear viewing in Alaska. Starting at the beginning of August, the bear concentration is at its prime due to salmon runs entering the river systems throughout the region, and increasing the chances of seeing the bigger male bears (also called boars). The absolute peak for bear viewing times is between mid-August to October.

Your highly-trained and experienced guides will take you to various viewing locations via a short boat ride. Each location offers a unique glimpse into the lives of these majestic animals. With a maximum of 6 guests at any one viewing area, you’ll immerse yourself into the bear’s environment for observation, study, and to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of these legendary bears.

In addition to wildlife viewing, kayaking and hiking are also available, as well as fishing for a variety of salmon and lake trout. Exact species will vary depending on the time of year, but spin gear and tackle are available for your use. Guided fly fishing for steelhead trout is available in October.

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Arrive Anchorage

Upon arrival at the Anchorage International Airport, receive a personal greeting followed by private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Anchorage

Anchorage to Kodiak Brown Bear Center

Breakfast is included at the hotel prior to your private transfer to the Anchorage International Airport to meet your scheduled flight to Kodiak. A brief transfer will bring you to the Kodiak floatplane dock where you'll board a plane for the 45-minute flight to the lodge. After a safety briefing and lodge orientation there is time for a guided activity prior to dinner.
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Kodiak Brown Bear Center

There are a variety of bear viewing locations from which to choose, and your guides will recommend the best options based on time of year and in-depth knowledge of the area.
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Kodiak Brown Bear Center

Another full day provides ample opportunities for additional bear viewing, hiking, or kayaking.
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Kodiak Brown Bear Center to Anchorage

You have time this morning for another guided activity. After lunch return to Kodiak via float plane, connecting to scheduled air service on to Anchorage. Your private driver/guide will meet you upon return to Anchorage and will provide a transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Anchorage

Depart Anchorage

Breakfast is included at your hotel this morning before transferring to the Anchorage International Airport by private vehicle in time to check in for your departure flight.
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Map showing roundtrip itinerary from Anchorage to Kodiak Brown Bear Center
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Close up view of sea otter floating on its back while eating

Make It Your Own

  • Extend your visit with a 4 or 7-night stay at Kodiak Brown Bear Center.
  • Combine this lodge with another lodge experience.
  • Connect the lodge stay with another Alaska touring program.
  • Buyout the entire property for an exclusive stay for your family and friends.

You can learn more about these suggestions and other ways to customize this itinerary by requesting a custom tour proposal.

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