KODIAK BROWN BEAR CENTER
Starting at $6,400 Per Person
Trip Starting Point
Adventure Lodge | Wilderness Lodge
Kodiak Island, Alaska
Description & Activities
The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is uniquely located in the heart of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Karluk Lake. The entire northern half of Karluk Lake and lands adjacent to the Karluk River- around 112,000 acres- are owned and managed by Koniag, an Alaska Native owned corporation and the parent company of the KBBC. There are no roads or private cabins on these lands. When you are their guest, you have exclusive and proprietary access, so you can enjoy the bears and other animals in their natural setting with minimal human interference.
Each bear viewing location offers you a unique glimpse into the life of the bears and highlights the grandeur of Kodiak Island. They have a multitude of sites they can access. Most sites include a scenic boat ride on Karluk Lake where you can look for other Kodiak Island animals and enjoy the surrounding environment. With a maximum group size of 8 they ensure you will have the best possible bear viewing experience while minimizing the impact and disturbance to the bears.
In addition to bear viewing, Kodiak Brown Bear Center offers a variety of other activities including hiking on Camp Island, kayaking on Karluk Lake, standup paddleboarding, sport fishing, bird watching, wildlife photography, and learning about Alutiiq culture and native archeological sites.
Lodge & Dining Details
Nearly a hundred miles from the nearest paved road, the Kodiak Brown Bear Center & Lodge is the place for a quintessential Alaska wilderness experience. Although you are in one of the most remote places on earth, you still have access to all the comforts of home. The modern and private guest cabins each include a queen bed, a twin bed, and a luxury ensuite bathroom with a large walk-in shower. Private covered patios with outdoor seating and panoramic views of Karluk Lake and the surrounding mountains provide the ideal location for morning coffee or a nightcap under the stars.
Built in 2020, The Bear Cave, or the Lodge's gathering room, is a casual space where guests can dine, visit, or just unwind after a full day in comfort. Relax while watching bears meander down the banks of Karluk Lake and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of surrounding mountains. This main building includes a commercial kitchen, entertainment area with satellite television, and room for all to dine. The breathtaking view and local indigenous art are focal points in the Bear Cave.
The dining program highlights classic Alaskan fare of locally caught salmon and halibut with fresh vegetables. They also feature traditional American entrees that include beef, chicken, pork, vegetables, potatoes or rice, and bread. Don't forget to leave room for their creative and decadent desserts! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served family style in the gathering room, overlooking Karluk Lake and the surrounding mountains. It is not uncommon to observe the legendary Kodiak brown bears on the lawn outside while you enjoy your meal.
Your 45-minute flight to the Kodiak Brown Bear Center & Lodge will expose you to some of the Island’s most breathtaking and awe-inspiring scenery. During your flight, you may see humpback whales and sea otters in coastal fjords, mountain goats on rugged peaks, Sitka black-tailed deer roaming through meadows, and bald eagles soaring overhead. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our staff at the Center Campus. We’ll give you a quick briefing, get you situated in your private cabin and have lunch set up for you in the lodge. Spend the rest of the day getting acclimated and enjoying your new surroundings.
Enjoy a morning cup of coffee on your private lakefront deck before being served freshly-made breakfast in the gathering room where panoramic lake and mountain views offer a preview of the coming day's adventures.
Embark on their catamaran vessel to one of their three primary bear viewing locations. While aboard the catamaran look for other wildlife. After a mornin session at one of their bear view sites return to the lodge for refreshment and lunch. After lunch spend your afternoon with guided excursions for bear viewing via catamaran, hiking on foot, or exploring the wildlife along the lake's edge via kayak. Return to the lodge for dinner at 6 and an evening of relaxing.
Repeat the day before, but visit different sites. Or choose to add on a different adventure like a fishing trip to Larsen Bay, a day trip to the Alaska Peninusla
Morning yoga on the deck before breakfast is optional. After breakfast, catch the water taxi back to Homer. Explore the artist community of Homer and enjoy lunch at our La Baleine Café.
Guests are responsible for getting to and from the City of Kodiak on Kodiak Island. There are daily commercial flights from Anchorage.
They take care of transportation from the City of Kodiak to the Kodiak Brown Bear Center & Lodge via float plane service Island Air. The 45-minute flight to the lodge will introduce you to some of the Island’s most breathtaking and awe-inspiring scenery.
Rates & Package Options
4-Day / 3-Night All-Inclusive Package
$6,400 Per Person
5-Day / 4-Night All-Inclusive Package
$7,740 Per Person
8-Day / 7-Night All-Inclusive Package
$11,425 Per Person
*** Please inquire for other trip duration packages. ***
• Air charter from the City of Kodiak to the lodge
• Accommodations in private cabin with ensuite bathroom
• All meals & snacks
• Non-alcoholic beverages
• Bear Viewing Activities
• Use of the sauna