Alaskan Brown Bears
Alaskan Brown Bears and Cubs fishing for salmon
The Brown Bears on Kodiak Island and around the Redoubt Mountain Lodge in the Lake Clark National Park on the Katmai Peninsula in far southern Alaska spend the summer gorging on the millions of salmon who return to the area every year to breed. The brown bears in this part of Alaska are related to the Grizzly Bears that are found farther north. Brown bears are bigger and a bit more docile than their grizzly cousins.Kodiak Island lies off the southern coast of Alaska and is the largest fishing port in the United States. A 45 minute plane ride from Anchorage, it is a great place with few visitors. The only highway runs basically north and south and is very sparsely traveled making for great sight seeing—and bears in the right season.Redoubt Mountain Lodge is the only lodge in the Lake Clark National Park, and the only inhabited location within 25 miles in any direction. Sitting on the shore of Lake Clark, it can only be reached and resupplied by floatplane. In addition to constant bear interactions, fishing for the big salmon is superb, as is the hiking, kayaking and photography. A small lodge with individual cabins for 16 guests, it pairs one experienced guide and a dedicated boat to each two guests, making for an active and totally unique experience. The food is excellent, drinks flow, a wood-fired hot tub and sauna complete the visit.