Bear Viewing Availability

May June July Aug. Sept.
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Lake Clark
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Chinitna Bay

Chinitna Bay Bear Viewing

Extended Bear Trip

$795 per person
Trip Time: 6 hours
3% transportation fee per person. Morning departure: 7:30 am returns at 1:30 pm. Afternoon departure: 2 pm returns at 8 pm.
  • The Chinitna Bay Bear Viewing Experience
    • Intimate, 90 minute scenic flight from Anchorage
    • Up-close guided bear viewing in Lake Clark National Park
    • Travel by small 4wd bus and on foot to where the bears are most active
    • Observe brown bears digging for clams and frolicking on the beach
    • Spotting scope available for viewing and photographing if bears are further out in bay
  • Your Chinitna Bay Bear Viewing Tour Includes:
    • A window seat and 2-way headset
    • Detailed knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
    • Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety
    • Bear Viewing experience lead by a naturalist guide
    • Snack box
  • Things to remember

    Check in: Please check in at our Lake Hood Office 30 minutes prior to departure. For safety of weight and balance of the plane, we will need accurate weights of individuals or of the entire group.

    Parking: There is free, although limited parking at the Rust Office. You will need to leave your car keys with the office. Rust’s also picks up from major hotels. You are welcome to leave baggage at the Rust office at no additional charge.

    What to bring: Sunglasses, bug spray, camera and binoculars. Dress comfortably and in layers; Alaska weather can change dramatically. A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy, and cool in the National Park. Please bring prescription medications.

     

     

  • Flight Pattern

    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.

Chinitna Bay Bear Viewing

Located on the southern end of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Chinitna Bay is home to a multitude of brown bears that come to the bay to feed on the protein rich sedge grasses, copious clams and fish the late summer salmon runs. Listen as your expert guide shares tales of the resident bears and their families. You’ll travel with your guide by 4WD bus to where the brown bears are most active. Once at best location, you will disembark the bus and witness these magnificent animals digging for clams, sunning on the beach, or feeding in the meadow or out in the bay. You’ll be amazed at the shear mass of the male brown bear and fall in love with the cubs as they wrestle and play.