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Lake Clark National Park Bear Viewing

Bear Viewing

A Lake Clark National Park bear viewing tour provides an Alaska experience of a lifetime. After an hour and ten minute  thrilling flightseeing tour from Anchorage to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, knowledgeable guides escort you by boat to lakeside areas where bears feed on spawning, wild Alaska salmon.

Situated at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is an epitome of the Alaska wilderness landscape.  At four million acres, the Park encompasses volcanoes, jagged mountains, glaciers, wild rivers, waterfalls and diverse Alaska wildlife populations.

We expect that the 2012 bear viewing will be as good as last year since there were again numerous sows with 1st year cubs in 2011. The second year cubs are so entertaining because the cubs begin applying the mother bear’s lessons on life. The bears’ second year of life is also important since it is their last year with mom. A lot of learning and maturing takes place and you can be fortunate enough to be able to observe this in this great setting inside Lake Clark National Park. Watch as they clumsily pursue salmon and confront other bears. Remarkable photo opportunities are available due to the bears’ persistent curiosity.

In addition, this great bear viewing location will also improve since the Lodge is adding another pontoon boat. Whether viewing scenery and wildlife, photographing bears or simply enjoying a cruise around the lake, we are certain you will delight in its comfort.


Flight Pattern:  Depart from Lake Hood Sea Plane Harbor in Anchorage and fly southwest over Cook Inlet and the tundra-covered hills of the western Alaska interior.  Watch for the Chigmit Mountains, where Alaska and Aleutian Ranges meet, and two active volcanoes – Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna – before landing in Crescent Lake, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Bear Viewing

2013 Lake Clark Bear Viewing Rates
$795/person (approximately 11 hours)

* Effective immediately, a 3% transportation tax will be collected on all flights.


The Lake Clark Bear Viewing Experience

  • Intimate, 90-minute scenic flight seeing tour from Anchorage
  • Up-close bear viewing in Lake Clark National Park from an open boat (capacity 6)
  • Homemade lunch at Redoubt Mountain Lodge located in Lake Clark National Park
  • Observe grizzly bears fishing for salmon; frolicking in water

Depart Anchorage

Return Anchorage


8 a.m.

7 p.m.

Lunch provided

You must check in 30 minutes prior to departure.

8 or more


Times are approximate; will confirm at booking

Bear Viewing

Your Lake Clark National Park Bear Viewing Tour includes:

  • A window seat and 2-way headset
  • In-depth knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
  • Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety
  • Courtesy shuttle from the Anchorage airport and many Anchorage hotels

Why Choose Rust’s Lake Clark Bear Viewing Tour?

  • Family-owned and operated since 1963
  • Unsurpassed safety record
  • Solid reputation in Alaska
  • Locally-named "Best Alaska Flightseeing Service"  and “Best Alaska Air Taxi”
  • 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 hear more from about the Lake Clark National Park Bear Viewing experience from a member of our crew.  Ready to go?  You can make a reservation request online.

Booking Information

Check in: Please check in at our Lake Hood Office 30 minutes prior to departure. For safety of weight and balance of the plane, we will need accurate weights of individuals or of the entire group.

Parking: There is free, although limited parking at the Rust Office. You will need to leave your car keys with the office.  Rust’s also picks up from major hotels.  You are welcome to leave baggage at the Rust office at no additional charge.

What to bring: Dress comfortably and in layers; Alaska weather can change dramatically. A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy, and cool in the National Park.   Please bring prescription medications.

The lodge is in a remote area accessible only by plane so many of the common expectations of “civilization” are not available but there is internet access and running water. Views of pristine wilderness and the glacier at the end of the lake compensate for leaving “civilization” behind.



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