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.
Bird and Bear Paradise
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.
Getting Splashed by Bears
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.
Cordon-Bleu Cuisine—Plus Lessons
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.