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For some of Alaska’s best bear viewing—surrounded by rustic wilderness as well as luxurious accommodations—tiny Redoubt Bay Lodge makes for one of Alaska’s greatest experiences. It was even named by Travel+Leisure magazine as one of 50 Great American Adventures.
The lodge’s hosts, Carl and Kirsten Dixon—the same folks who own Winterlake Lode and Tutka Bay Lodge—have created a rustic yet upscale approach to wilderness accommodations, including an attentive staff that makes for a highly personalized visit. Their three lakeside guest cabins feature beds, woodstoves, daily housekeeping and dramatic views.
Just getting here is an adventure: a 50-minute floatplane ride southwest from Anchorage, with scenic views of Cook Inlet along the way. The lodge, overlooking Big River Lakes, is the only place to stay within this 171,000-acre critical bird habitat area—but it also has one of the densest bear populations in the state. You can watch them come to the waters to fish for salmon—and enjoy some amazing local cuisine yourself.
You can also fish for salmon yourself, as well as kayak or canoe around the lakes—or just kick back and drink in the scenery. There are also optional excursions into Lake Clark National Park, flightseeing, and other adventures.
Most people come for the singularly amazing bear viewing at Wolverine Creek. This is a great spot; you’ll probably get closer to the bears here than any other Alaskan bear viewing location. The bears are so close they actually splash your boat as they lunge for salmon.
You’ll take a covered pontoon boat out here, where the water surges and swirls with the thick mass of fish. You’ll typically spend a couple hours with the bears, though part of that time can be spent waiting for these gorgeous, powerful creatures to appear from the woods. Try to go in the evening, when there aren’t any other people around and it’s blissfully quiet.
Then return to the lodge. Owner Kirsten is a Cordon-Bleu-trained chef who regularly hosts cooking shows. You can join her in the kitchen for a cooking lesson, daily wine and cheese tastings, or just enjoy her great meals prepared with local ingredients.
The Dixons have carved out a unique niche in the Alaska lodge business with their cooking, naturalists, and wildlife viewing programs. They may be the most innovative and pioneering lodge proprietors in the state. Don’t miss a unique opportunity to experience life here.
By Plane: Your flight will depart from either Anchorage at Rust’s Lake Hood location or a Kenai air taxi service. Flights to the lodge depart 7:30 am each morning unless otherwise scheduled.
Prices include transportation to and from Lake Hood from major hotels and the Anchorage International airport, air transportation to and from Redoubt Bay Lodge, lodging, meals, individual guide service and use of lodge equipment.
Adding an Extension to your 24 hour stay: Our extended day rate (an extended day is a 4 or an 8-hour extension to an overnight lodge stay package)
4 hour $550.00 per person
8 hour $700.00 per person
Children under 12 years old are 2/3 the adult rate.
We request a 50% deposit to confirm your reservation at Redoubt Bay Lodge. Balance is due 60 days prior to your arrival at the lodge. A full refund is available prior to 90 days before arrival less a $100.00 administrative fee. Cancellations less than 90 days are non-refundable regardless of the reason. All fly out trips are subject to change due to inclement weather or circumstances beyond our control.
Our published rates represent a 3% discount for payments made by cash, check or money order.
Prices do not include fishing license (available for purchase at the lodge), taxes, some alcoholic beverages, or gratuities.