Day Tour from Anchorage (Full-Day)

Trip Highlights

  • A truly Alaskan Bear Viewing or Photo Adventure.
  • 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!


About Redoubt Bay Lodge

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 Redoubt Bay. 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.

What You Need To Know

The Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat hosts one of the densest brown bear populations in the state. Our bears are best seen early morning and late at night. Use binoculars or a spotting scope. These tools will open a new world of wildlife viewing. For instance, with a 20-power spotting scope mounted on a tripod, it is possible to watch the activity of a bear standing 1.5 miles away. If you don’t have your own binoculars, ask your guide to borrow a lodge set.

You can utilize our field guides. Many good field guides are available at the lodge to help identify mammals, birds, fish, and other fauna and flora. We’ve also created our own. Knowing what you’re looking at greatly enhances your viewing pleasure.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the salmon running?
Salmon runs vary from year to year and it is not possible to predict them with absolute accuracy.  Most years a large run of sockeye (red) salmon will begin to enter the river during the middle of June. This run continues through July and the salmon usually begin to spawn in the River in early August. For Redoubt Bay Lodge bear viewing, we recommend the months of June, July and August.

When is the peak time to view bears at Brooks River?
The bear viewing opportunities vary throughout the season and also from year to year, mostly due to differences in salmon runs (see salmon run FAQ). While it is common to see bears almost any time during the summer at Brooks, especially if salmon are present, the possibility also exists that you may not. The National Park Service suggests that the peak times are July or September.

Can I drive to Redoubt Bay Lodge?
Driving to Redoubt Bay Lodge is not possible. Like most of Alaska, there are no roads to our area and we are accessible by air only.

How long does it take to get there?
The flight from Anchorage to Redoubt Bay Lodge is approximately 1 hour. 

Are there a lot of bugs?
There can be depending on how wet or dry it has been. You want a good insect repellent with a high DEET concentration for it to be effective. Thick socks will help keep the bugs off while walking through the brush and head nets are available at the Trading Post.

What is the weather like in Redoubt Bay?
The weather in Katmai is very unpredictable. Temperatures can range between 45 and 70 degrees and even lower in September. Wind and rain are common so bring layers that can be added to or taken away as the weather dictates.

Other information

Redoubt Bay is in a remote area accessible only by plane so many of the common expectations of “civilization” are not available. You should bring essential medications with you and not plan plane connections on the same day of this trip. Additionally, if visiting Redoubt Bay is extremely important to you, please allow time in your schedule for possible rescheduling of this trip. We fly through two mountain passes to reach Katmai and this trip does sometimes cancel due to weather.

2016 Tour Cost

Tour Dates:  Daily Departures Anchorage (June-July-August)

Tour Cost:  $895 per person. Lunch is included. Prices subject to change without notice. Please inquire at time of booking. Prices are per person, includes round-trip transportation from Anchorage area. Park Fees and taxes are extra.

Departure Times: Morning Departure from Anchorage at 8am - Returns at 2:30pm / Afternoon Departure at 12:30pm - Returns at 7pm

Travel Insurance: We strongly suggest purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment at the time you sign up for one of our trips. This coverage will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during your trip. Trip cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance is available at a supplemental cost. Click Here to purchase travel protection.

Cancellation Policy
We consider the deposit non-refundable at the time of reservation; however, Regal Air will try to be flexible in the event of a cancellation. Cancellation with less than 90 days prior to the flight and the deposit is completely non-refundable. Cancellation with less than 72 hours prior to the flight and 100% of the flight will be billed. A MasterCard or Visa is required to make your reservation online. Your card will be charged when you book your trip. We require at least 90-day notice for cancellations. Wildlife sighting is not guaranteed.

GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS (Please read before making a reservation)