It’s an hour and fifteen minute flight from Anchorage, or a 30-minute flight from Soldotna. Planes land on the beach.
If you go early in the summer, you’ll see brown bears grazing on the beaches and tidal flats. But this is one of the few areas in Lake Clark National Park with big salmon streams, so as the summer progresses, the bears move to the salmon-filled streams. By August and September, the bears will be gathered at streams, eating silver salmon. You may see a mother with cubs, or lonely males. Adolescents also gather around here, but the bears have lots of habitat and food to follow, so the bear-viewing changes with the time of year.
The Viewing Situation
Two lodges operate in the area, running half-day, full-day, and overnight trips. There won’t be crowds, but you may see other groups, covering the large area on ATVs with trailers. Unless you’re there during the silver salmon run, the bears won’t be clustered, like they would around a falls. Instead, they’ll be dispersed, and you’ll probably travel quite a bit to spot different bears.
May 15-September 10