Brown Bear
Center & Lodge

WELCOME. Nestled in the heart of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Kodiak Brown Bear Center & Lodge offers an escape for nature lovers from across the globe.

Our group sizes are limited to eight people ensuring each guest experiences the best Alaska has to offer.

After a day of bear viewing, hiking, kayaking or fishing, relax and join our team for a locally sourced, home cooked meal in our lodge and retire to one of our four private guest cabins.

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is owned by the Alutiiq people, who have inhabited Kodiak Island for over 7,000 years. We invite you to visit our home, and promise unforgettable memories of your time spent in the heart of Alaska’s wilderness.

KBBC Bears
KBBC Bears


The Karluk Watershed has one of the highest concentration of Kodiak brown bears in the world! Learn more about our bear viewing packages and enjoy your own bear experience like no other.


Karluk Lake, situated in the heart of Alaska, is a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable experience. Known for its abundant sockeye salmon runs, the lake also presents opportunities to angle for the elusive steelhead. Casting your line into the crystal-clear waters of Karluk Lake not only offers the chance for a rewarding catch but also provides a serene connection with the untouched wilderness. Whether you're drawn by the thrill of landing a steelhead or the challenge of catching salmon, Karluk Lake promises an immersive and picturesque fishing adventure against the stunning Alaskan backdrop.

Big fish
Big fish
KBBC Campfire
KBBC Campfire


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"KBBC has the best facilities we have ever experienced. The cabins and new gathering room were beautiful. Our cabin was super private. We had jaw-dropping panoramic views of Karluk Lake and the surrounding mountains from our cabin and it was well-appointed with a coffee pot, good WiFi, etc. We watched countless bears walk along the banks of the Karluk Lake from the spotting scope in the gathering room."

Josh H

“Between the amazing bears and attentive staff, I can't imagine having a more exceptional experience! It's been a couple of weeks now and I am still reveling in the experience that was hands down one of the best of my life! From the air service crew and pilot to the five staff who took such wonderful care of my travel companion and me, it was PERFECT! AND THE BEARS! Words cannot express how delighted I was to sit and watch these majestic creatures for hours! It could not have been a more perfect experience!”


"KBBC is a top notch lodge in central-west Kodiak island located on an island within Lake Karluk. The region is famous for the high density of kodiak bears that congregate to feed on spawning salmon. People come to Kodiak for the bears, and I saw many bears, but it didn't take long before I realized it was the staff who work at the lodge who made the experience unforgettable. Food was thoughtful and always good. The rooms were luxurious."

Douglas D

"What an AMAZING place! The facilities are FIRST RATE, and the quiet, isolated, intimate bear-viewing can NOT be matched anywhere else. There are no guarantees with the weather (float planes can only fly during the day, no fog, so I highly suggest trip insurance for any delays), but once you're at the KBBC, you'll go out in full waterproof rain gear (provided) for bear viewing (and we got GREAT photos even in the rain!)
Seeing these unique bears in their natural feeding areas literally can take your breath away!"

P Bomberger