Lake Clark National Park Bear Viewing

July, August, and September-

Departs Anchorage at 8 am; returns at 7 pm

Flight times, departure and arrival times may vary.

View Alaska black and brown bears in their natural habitat on a guided, fly-out Alaska bear watching trip at Redoubt Bay Lodge, a small rustic hand made lodge situated in a 171,000-acre critical habitat area.

Redoubt Bay Lodge is located 70 miles southwest of Anchorage near the beautiful entrance of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Redoubt Bay is home to one of the most concentrated and viewable bear populations in the state of Alaska. As your Alaska bear watching trip begins, bear viewing is from a covered pontoon boat with our experienced naturalist guides through the chain of Big River Lakes, host to sockeye and Coho salmon runs and popular feeding site for resident bear.

This bear viewing location does attract quite a few fishermen as well as bears. This bear viewing trip is an easy day trip from Anchorage to the Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat Area. Enjoy a half-day trip with morning or afternoon departures, approximately 6 1/2 hours (extended and overnight packages are available). A hot lunch served in the main lodge is included in the price.

Flight Pattern – Depart from Lake Hood Sea Plane Harbor in Anchorage and fly southwest over Cook Inlet and the tundra-covered hills of the western Alaska interior. Watch for the Chigmit Mountains, where Alaska and Aleutian Ranges meet, and two active volcanoes – Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna – before landing in Crescent Lake, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

The Lake Clark Bear Viewing experience:
– Intimate, 70 minute scenic flight seeing tour from Anchorage
– Up-close bear viewing in Lake Clark National Park from a covered pontoon boat
– Homemade lunch in the rustic lodge located in Lake Clark National Park
– Observe grizzly bears fishing for salmon; frolicking in water
The Lake Clark National Park Bear Viewing tour includes:
– A window seat and 2-way headset – so that you can ask questions!
– Rich knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
– Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety

What to wear and bring…
During the summer season, May through September 15, we encourage you to layer your clothing, bring a light jacket and wear long pants. In addition, it is a very good idea to have comfortable, closed toe shoes and sunglasses. We provide glacier overboots for landings. During the shoulder seasons: It is a good idea to bring a heavier coat, gloves/mittens, a hat and boots.

Rust’s Flying Service at Lake Hood 

Physical Address:
4525 Enstrom Circle
Anchorage, AK 99502
Toll Free: 800-544-2299 (outside of Anchorage)
Phone: 907-243-1595- for questions, reservations and summertime courtesy shuttle.

Map & Directions

Welcome to Anchorage, Alaska! Please scroll down for directions to our office, dock and hanger located at Lake Hood Seaplane Base.

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Go west on International Airport Road West
Take the North Terminal exit at Postmark Drive
Take the first right onto Heliport (a very short road)
(follow the signs for the Alaska Aviation Museum)
Turn right onto Aircraft Drive (the first stop sign)
Follow Aircraft Drive for .25 miles
Rust Flying Service is on the left
Look for our big hangar, the office is tucked behind it


From International Airport Road, follow the signs for the Alaska Aviation Museum.  You’ll see our hangar on the right.

Rust’s Flying Service

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