Bear Viewing

For the experiential traveler, without boardwalks or tourists.

KBBC – Update on the 2020 Season

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center (KBBC) has had to make the difficult but necessary decision to cancel our 2020 season. For the health and protection to our clients and staff we feel this is the best choice during the pandemic. All of us at KBBC are disheartened for those that will not be able to visit KBBC  for the 2020 season.

We hope that you will visit us in 2021 and are excited to announce that we are taking bookings for next season. We are offering three excellent packages to our valued clients and guests. To find out more information, make a reservation, or general questions: please give us a call at 1-877-335-2327 or email us at 

We want to say Quyanaa (thank you in Alutiiq) for your understanding, and we can’t wait to see you for the 2021 season!

Alaska’s Premier Bear Viewing

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center offers a true Alaskan adventure: outstanding bear viewing, without boardwalks or large groups of tourists. A visit to our home will leave you with unforgettable memories of your time spent in the heart of Kodiak’s wilderness with the legendary monarchs of our Archipelago: the Kodiak brown bear.


Located on Kodiak Island, Alaska

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is located on the southwest side of Kodiak Island. We provide exclusive guided bear viewing tours at the most famous and world-renowned locations to witness the life of Kodiak brown bears – Karluk Lake, Karluk River, and the Thumb River.


Photography provided by the Kodiak Brown Bear Center, Steve Goodman, Brad Starry, Robert Thorpe, Andy Doppel, and Hans-Rudolph Werner.

“First-class opportunities to view bears up close.”

Over the past decade I’ve traveled all around the world filming wildlife.  I’ve been lucky enough to visit some of the most famous bear-viewing sites on the planet and I can honestly say the best experience I’ve ever had was at Karluk Lake.  The amazing landscape and unsurpassed density of bears in the Karluk Lake drainage provide for first-class opportunities to view bears up close.  And while there are other great bear viewing sites on the Alaska Peninsula, Karluk is off the beaten path, ensuring exceptional wilderness experiences with few tourists and no boardwalks…just you and the bears!  And if this wasn’t enough, the Kodiak Brown Bear Center and its exceptional lodging stand-alone as luxury in the middle of Kodiak Island, truly heaven on Earth!  —  John Shier, Producer/Cinematographer