Alaska Bear Viewing Tours

Alaska Bear Viewing with Rust's

Rust’s has designed four different Alaska bear viewing trips to areas of Alaska known for a high concentration of bears and quality bear viewing.  These are day trips which depart from Rust’s Flying Service location at Lake Hood. Each bear viewing tour includes: bear viewing, lunch or snack, and a spectacular, round-trip, flightseeing tour from Anchorage.

Bear Viewing Availability

  May June July August September
Chinitna Bay                      XX     XXXX        XXXX       XXXX        
Redoubt Bay Lodge    XXX XXXX XXX  
Katmai     XXXX    
Lake Clark             X


Redoubt Bay Lodge

$695 plus 3% transportation fee per person and $6.65 borough and state tax
Departs 8 am or 12:30 pm
* Flight times may vary

Fly 70 miles southwest of Anchorage to Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge and Alaska brown and black bear viewing by boat with experienced natural history guides. This is a half-day trip with morning and afternoon departures, approximately 6½ hours. Bear Viewing is on a lake from a covered boat with a guide. A light meal is included.


  • Alaska black and brown bear in their natural habitat
  • Experienced naturalist guides
  • Scenic flightseeing
  • Light lunch in the day lodge
  • Morning or afternoon departure
  • Extended and overnight packages available

Katmai National Park

$895 plus 3% transportation fee per person and $14 National Park fee
Departs 8 am; returns 6 to 8 pm
* Flight times may vary

Visit Brooks Falls, which is world-renown for Alaska bear viewing. Watch brown bear fish for spawning salmon from elevated viewing platforms and boardwalks. This 10 to 12hour journey includes a lunch and a scenic 2 to 3 hour flight each way. Bear viewing includes walking on relatively flat paths; self guided, but National Park Rangers are readily available.


  • World-famous Alaska brown bear viewing
  • Brooks Falls
  • National Park Rangers
  • Two viewing platforms with National Park Rangers
  • Intimate 2 to 3 hour scenic flightseeing tour
  • Box lunch
  • Wildlife watching on return flight

Chinitna Bay Bear Viewing

$795 plus 3% transportation fee per person
Departs 7:30 am or 2:00 pm
* Flight times may vary

Depart from Lake Hood Sea Plane Harbor in Anchorage and fly southwest over Cook Inlet. Watch for the Chigmit Mountains, where Alaska and Aleutian Ranges meet, and two active volcanoes – Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna – before landing on the beach in Chinitna Bay in Lake Clark National Park.


  • Intimate, 90 minute scenic flight from Anchorage
  • Up-close guided bear viewing in Lake Clark National Park
  • Travel by 4WD vehicle and on foot to where the bears are most active
  • Detailed knowledge of an Alaska bush pilot
  • Snack box provided
  • Morning or afternoon departure

Lake Clark National Park

$895 plus 3% transportation fee per person
Departs 8 am; returns approximately 7 pm
* Flight times may vary

Take a scenic flight to Crescent Lake for Alaska brown bear viewing from a covered boat with knowledgeable guides. Relax at the lodge with a homemade hot lunch. This trip has a morning departure with an approximately hour and half flight and about 10 hours total for the excursion. Bear viewing takes place from an open boat with a guide; most of the bear viewing is on a lake.


  • Thrilling 70 minute flightseeing tour to Lake Clark National Park to Redoubt Mountain Lodge
  • Up close bear viewing from a covered boat - watch bears feed on spawning salmon
  • Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna volcanoes
  • Homemade lunch in rustic, cozy day lodge