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