Located in the heart of the 1.9-million-acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Kodiak Brown Bear Center places visitors in the middle of one of the densest concentrations of brown bears in the world. The Kodiak Archipelago is home to over 3,500 bears and is where eight of the 10 largest bears ever recorded were found.
After traveling from Kodiak via floatplane to the new center, guests will embark on a short boat ride to prime bear habitat and established viewing locations under the careful supervision of experienced guides. To minimize the impact and disturbance to the bears in the area, a maximum of twelve guests are permitted for a four-day, five-day or eight-day stay.
Kodiak to Kodiak Brown Bear Center
In Kodiak you will embark on a 45 minute Alaska bush plane flight to the Kodiak Brown Bear Center located on Camp Island on Karluk Lake. Karluk Lake has over 30 miles of shoreline with countless tributaries creating one of the richest & highest salmon concentrations on Kodiak. This adventure offers visitors unparalleled access & opportunities to observe & study these legendary bears in their natural habitat & surroundings from viewing areas strategically located in the field as well as from the 30’ aluminum catamaran. After a safety orientation & lunch you will be immersed into a guided bear viewing adventure. The evening dinner is served in the dining cabin.
Kodiak Brown Bear Center
Camp Island affords a lodging buffer from the abundant bear activity around the lake and provides a curious and entertaining population of local wildlife such as deer, fox and river otter. After breakfast you’ll embark for another day of guided bear viewing to one of three prime viewing areas and enjoy a wildlife tour of the 36 square mile Karluk Lake aboard their heated catamaran vessel. 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
Enjoy another day of guided bear viewing. This 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. There is a good chance to see 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 through the Karluk River and this significantly increases the chance to see the bigger male bears called boars.
Kodiak Brown Bear Center to Kodiak
In the morning after breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a guided activity (bear viewing, kayaking or fishing). After lunch, you’ll check out and prepare for the return flight to Kodiak around 1:00pm.
Each guest cabin has its own private deck overlooking Karluk Lake. The cabins have electricity, full bathroom facilities, wireless internet access, and comfortable beds with fresh linens. Delicious meals are just a short walk away in the dining cabin.
Meals are served family style in the dining cabin overlooking a spectacular view of Karluk Lake and the surrounding mountains. It is not uncommon to observe four-legged explorers on the lawn outside while you enjoy your meal. All entrees, soups, breads, desserts and bakery goods are prepared from scratch on site.
- Outdoor Fire Pit
- Banya (Sauna)
4 days/3 nights
Starts Monday or Thursday
Double$4425 per personBooking Code KCE1
5 days/4 nights
Starts Thursday or Sunday
Double$5350 per personBooking Code KCE2
8 days/7 nights
Starts Monday, Thursday or Sunday
Double$8025 per personBooking Code KCE3
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