Bear Viewing at Redoubt Bay Lodge

June, July and August –

Morning departure: 8 am; returns 2:30 pm

Afternoon departure: 12:30 pm; returns 7:00 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, the world’s busiest floatplane harbor and fly southwest over Cook Inlet and the western edge of the Kenai Peninsula to the foothills of the Lake Clark National Park. During the flight, your pilot will share information on scenic highlights, while flying low enough to spot Alaska wildlife. You may also fly over Cook Inlet, spotting for Beluga whales. Your pilot will pick the best route for the weather conditions and scenic possibilities.

The Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing Experience:
– Intimate, 50 minute scenic flightseeing tour from Anchorage
– Redoubt Bay Field Guide with bear, flora and fauna facts
– Homemade lunch in the cozy, rustic Redoubt Bay Lodge
– Interactive experience with Alaska natural history guides
– Alaska brown and black bear watching via covered pontoon boat
– Countless photo ops!
– Morning and afternoon departures available
The Alaska Bear Watching Tour in Redoubt Bay 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.

Map and directions to K2 Aviation

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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