Alaska West Air™ offers a wide variety of trips for bear viewing opportunities. If bear viewing in remote areas of the Alaska wilderness gets you excited, contact our office.
Alaska bear viewing and photography trips are one of our most popular and requested adventures year after year. From our local salmon fishing streams to the shores of many lakes, Alaska West Air™ delivers you to some outstanding areas for bear viewing. Photographers and spectators alike return year after year to gaze at these giants of the wilderness.
$350.00 plus tax, per person / 3 person minimum
This is a great option if you have limited time, or a limited budget. Just a short flight across Cook Inlet, where you and your guide board an open skiff, then motor around the shore of Big River Lakes near Wolverine Creek. This is an area bears frequent, fishing for salmon. You are on the water for three hours, then fly back to our base in Nikiski.
Redoubt Bay Lodge
$475.00 pp / 2 person minimum (1/2 day trip, with lunch included)
This option is hosted by Redoubt Bay Lodge, located on Big River Lakes. They offer both morning and afternoon trips. On the morning trip, you bear view from a covered pontoon boat with a guide based at the lodge, then have lunch before departure. On the afternoon trip you have lunch, then bear view.
$450.00 pp –plus $6.00 park fee / 3 person minimum
This option is also great if your time is limited, and includes a great flightsee on the flights over and back. The plane lands on the beach, and it is a short walk to the viewing area inside the boundaries of Lake Clark National Park. After an hour on the ground, you board the plane for the flight back. The flights take you by Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna, both active volcanoes and part of the Pacific ring of fire. You will see bear from the air, and possibly whales in the waters of Cook Inlet. The total trip time is about 3 hours.
$475.00 pp / plus park fee and tax ($8.25) 3 person minimum
Crescent Lake at the SSW base of Mt. Redoubt is a very scenic location, and has great bear viewing once the salmon run arrives. This is normally in late June to early July, and runs through about the third week in September. This is a location where we occasionally mix fisher and bear viewers on the same trip, and it works! You can fish at no additional cost, but must let us know in advance.
The trip is a little over 6 hours, with flight time, and you are on location for 5 hours. We move around the system with open skiffs.
Brooks Camp, Katmai National Park
$795.00 per person/ plus $14.00 park fee / 4 person minimum
Prime time bear viewing at Brooks Camp is in July and September. From the viewing platforms it is not unusual to see as many as 20 different bears fishing in the river. At the Falls platform you will see bears fishing on the falls, catching fish as they leap up the falls to get to the spawning grounds.
The flights down and back are very scenic. Flight time each way varies from 1 hour 45 minutes – 2 hour 20 minutes, depending on the plane and the route. You have about 4 hours at Brooks Camp.