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Frequently asked questions about staying at Kodiak Bear Center and Lodge

Our campus on Karluk Lake does not receive cellular coverage. We do have internet service at the camp, so you can receive email and text messages on your cell through our Wi-Fi network. We also have regular land-line phone service available at the lodge.

 

That service is free for our guests for calls within the US.

Wildlife viewing in a natural setting like the Center & Lodge is never a guaranteed endeavor.

The bears’ visibility at any given time is dependent on a variety of factors including the weather, time of year, the strength of the salmon run, and the size of the berry crop.

We have exclusive and proprietary access to over 112,000 acres of land (45,000 ha) historically known to contain the highest concentrations of bears on the island, your chances of seeing bears are excellent.

The Center & Lodge campus is on a fairly level grade with groomed walkways, but it is not built to ADA accessibility guidelines. Our lodge and cabins are not accessible.

We provide a variety of bear viewing opportunities and our programs are designed to accommodate guests with varying degrees of physical conditioning and capabilities. If you cannot walk to the bear viewing areas, you can watch bears from our boat or relax at the Lodge and look for them with our spotting scope.

Yes. We have commercial washers and dryers and a freezer on site. Let us know what you need!

Safety is our primary consideration, so if weather conditions are not flyable your travel may be delayed. Weather delays are not uncommon due to Kodiak’s maritime climate.

If you are not able to leave Center & Lodge due to weather delays, you will be our guest and not be charged anything extra for your extended stay.

If weather prevents you from getting into Kodiak or the lodge, our Kodiak staff will assist you in finding lodging. The Center does not cover expenses due to weather delays.

We highly encourage and recommend guests purchase separate trip insurance in case of weather delays, flight connections and other conditions that may arise.

Yes, you can see a sample 5 day itinerary on our booking pages here

 

Yes, you can ! Please contact us so we can supply pricing and work with you to fulfil your request. Contact Us

There are frequent landings daily from Anchorage with Alaska Airlines, we do recommend arriving in Kodiak the day before your departure. 

 

For most, the journey begins by arriving on by plane at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. There are direct flights to Anchorage (ANC) from many parts of the world.

 

Several international air carriers even offer direct flights to Anchorage each week during tourist season.

 

From Anchorage, you will fly to the City of Kodiak (ADQ), which is located on Kodiak Island – home to the Kodiak Brown Bear and other amazing wildlife. There is daily air service between Anchorage and Kodiak. Guests are responsible for getting to and from the City of Kodiak.

 

If you plan to stay the night in Kodiak prior to your departure to the Kodiak Brown Bear Center & Lodge, visit the Discover Kodiak website for information about lodging.

 

We take care of transportation from the City of Kodiak to the Kodiak Brown Bear Center & Lodge by our float plane service Island Air. You will fly on a Beaver float or a 206 plane to our remote Lodge.

 

Getting here is half of the fun!

We love kids! For the comfort and safety of all, though, our clientele is generally limited to adults.

Some of the traits that make our facility so enjoyable for adults are less appropriate for children. For instance, kids often are uncomfortable staying still and quiet while out bear viewing for hours.

If you have a strong desire to bring your children we may be able to accommodate your request upon approval by the General Manager when your party books all 6 slots for the given time period.

It is best to plan on having layers of clothing. The temperature typically ranges from 30 to 50 F (0-10 C) in the spring and fall, and 40 to 70 F (5-20 C) in the summer (July and August) with dynamic weather changes being the norm year-round. You can expect it be windy and wet for at least part of your stay. You should plan for times when you are doing some mild hiking as well as long periods of standing or sitting while watching bears.

Consider packing:

  • Breathable waterproof pants, jacket, & hat
  • Lightweight gloves to keep the bugs at bay
  • Thicker gloves during the fall, long sleeve shirts
  • Long pants– despite any heat shorts are not appropriate for the environment
  • Comfortable waterproof walking boots
  • We encourage you to bring your own raingear for best comfort in Kodiak’s maritime climate. Knee-high rubber boots that fit well and allow for comfortable walking on uneven terrain are optimal. There is raingear and boots at the Center & Lodge for guest use.
  • While you are back at camp, plan on wearing casual, comfortable clothes and shoes.

To give you the luxury fly-fishing trip of your lifetime, the Center has partnered with guides from Kodiak Anglers, a locally-owned fly-fishing guide company.

 

Our fly fishing trip includes an adventure-filled 5-day, 4-night package that will ensure fly fishing enthusiasts have an incredible experience while enjoying all of the luxury the Center offers and the rustic beauty of remote rural Alaska.

Flora and fauna on the second largest island in the United States are remarkable year-round, but Kodiak summers at the Lodge are particularly breathtaking.

The geographic isolation, the distance from development, and our ‘leave no trace’ philosophy results in an unequaled opportunity to enjoy the wild as it is meant to be.

 ANIMALS 

  • Red fox
  • River otter
  • Ermine
  • Sitka deer
  • Mountain goat
  • Marten
  • Red squirrel
  • Snowshoe hare
  • Beaver

FLORA

  • Salmon berries
  • Fireweed
  • Putchki
  • Elderberry
  • Wild roses
  • Willow
  • Alder

BIRDS

  • Bald Eagles
  • Eider
  • Bufflehead
  • Scoter
  • Goldeneye
  • ​Long tailed duck
  • Harlequin duck
  • Merganser
  • Cormorants
  • Murres
  • Gulls
  • Scaup
  • Chickadees
  • Kinglets
  • Murrelet

Yes, bring them just in case. This is the wilderness and your nose will be introduced to some new pollen it may not have experienced before. 

Pollen forecast

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