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Alaska Bear Viewing

From Anchorage, travel deep into the wilds on a fly-out Alaska bear viewing trip. Observe Alaska brown and black bear up close as they congregate in remote, untouched areas of Alaska, near salmon streams and tidal estuaries.

These magnificent Alaska bears are captivating to watch.  Roaming free along the coastline, munching on berries, snagging salmon, frolicking and splashing in the water or settling in for an afternoon siesta – it’s all in a days work!

Rust’s has designed three different Alaska bear viewing expeditions to areas of Alaska known for a high concentration of bears and quality bear viewing.  All three Alaska bear viewing trips from Rust’s Flying Service include bear viewing, lunch and a spectacular, round-trip, flightseeing tour from Anchorage.

Alaska Bear Viewing – Timing and Safety

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Bear follow their food source. In our bear viewing trips, this means salmon so you may see bear and humans salmon fishing.  This also means that optimal bear viewing times can change from year to year. The times listed in our web site indicate generally good bear viewing times but we do not guarantee bear viewing. Please see the Alaska Bear Watching chart below for seasonal availability.  The black and brown bears that you observe are wild animals and are in the Alaska locations for feeding; we avoid human/bear interactions to keep you safe. Two of our trips (Redoubt Bay Lodge and Lake Clark National Park) are by boat and the other at Katmai take place from protected bear viewing platforms. These trips are summer time only as the bears hibernate in the winter. We do not guarantee bear viewing since the bears are wild and follow the salmon; the areas that we fly to offer reliable and safe bear viewing.  The calendar below offers a good indication of bear viewing; going at peak viewing season assures the highest likelihood of viewing bears.

Alaska Bear Viewing Tours:

Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing

Fly 70 miles southwest of Anchorage to Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge and Alaska brown and black bear viewing by boat with experienced natural history guides.  This is a half day trip with morning and afternoon departures, approximately 6½ hours. Bear Viewing is on a lake from a covered boat with a guide.  A light meal is included.

Katmai National Park Bear Viewing
Visit Brooks Falls, which is world-renown for Alaska bear viewing.  Watch brown bear fish for spawning salmon from elevated viewing platforms and  boardwalks near Brooks Falls; National Park rangers give a safety briefing on arrival at Katmai National Park. A box lunch is included. Morning departure, approximately 12 hours; this includes a scenic 2 to 3 hour flight each way.  Bear viewing includes walking on relatively flat paths; this is a self guided trip and National Park Rangers are readily available for questions.

Lake Clark National Park Brown Bear Viewing

Take a scenic flight to Crescent Lake for Alaska brown bear viewing from a covered boat with knowledgeable guides. Relax at the lodge with a homemade hot lunch. This trip has a morning departure with an approximately hour and half flight, approximately 10 hours total for the excursion. The bear viewing takes place from an open boat with a guide; most of the bear viewing is on a lake.

Alaska Bear Viewing Tour Calendar

Bear Viewing Calendar

Alaska Bear Viewing Facts

  • Alaska contains more than 98 percent of the United States population of brown bears.
  • The term "Alaska brown bear" commonly refers to bears found in coastal areas where salmon is the primary food source.
  • Brown bears found inland and in northern Alaska habitats are often called "grizzlies." (Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
  • Alaska Brown bears can live as long as 22 years for a male and 26 years for a female.
  • A mature male brown bear typically weighs between 500 and 900 pounds (180-410 kg). Females weigh half to three-quarters as much.
  • Bear cubs are typically born in January or February. Litter size ranges from one to four cubs, but two is most common.

Your Alaska Bear Viewing Tour also includes:

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  • The best seat in the house on our well maintained red planes!  All passengers get a window seat and 2-way headset so that they can get a personalized tour from the pilot.
  • Wildlife watching along the way: Dall sheep, moose and more
  • Rich knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot. Ask him or her questions.
  • Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety
  • Courtesy shuttle from the Anchorage airport and many Anchorage hotels
  • Photo stop landings at select destinations are available

Not All Alaska Bear Viewing Tours Are Created Equal

  • We are family-owned and operated since 1963
  • Rusts has an unsurpassed safety record
  • A solid reputation in Alaska, voted #1 air taxi in Alaska by the Anchorage Daily News for the last three years
  • Simply put, there is no comparable way to experience the grandeur of Alaska. 

Give us a call toll free at 1-800-544-2299 to speak with a member of our crew to learn more about our Alaska Bear Viewing tours.  You can also make a reservation request online.


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