Alaska Bear Watching in Redoubt Bay
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Alaska Bear Watching in Redoubt Bay

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View Alaska black and brown bears in their natural habitat on a guided, fly-out Alaska bear watching trip at Redoubt Bay Lodge – a small rustic hand-hewn lodge situated in a 171,000-acre critical habitat area. 

Redoubt Bay Lodge is located 70 miles southwest of Anchorage near the dramatic entrance of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Redoubt Bay is home to one of the most concentrated and viewable bear populations in the state of Alaska. As your Alaska bear watching trip begins, bear viewing is from a covered pontoon boat with our experienced naturalist guides through the chain of Big River Lakes, host to sockeye and Coho salmon runs and popular feeding site for resident bear. This bear viewing location does attract fishermen as well as bears. This bear viewing trip is an easy day trip from Anchorage to the Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat Area. Enjoy a half-day trip with morning or afternoon departures, approximately 6 1/2 hours (extended and overnight packages are available). A hot lunch served in the main lodge is included in the price. 

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Flight Pattern:  Depart from Lake Hood, the world’s busiest floatplane harbor and fly southwest over Cook Inlet and the western edge of the Kenai Peninsula to the foothills of the Lake Clark National Park. During the flight, your pilot will share information on scenic highlights, while flying low enough to spot Alaska wildlife.  You may also fly over Cook Inlet, spotting for Beluga whales. Your pilot will pick the best route for the weather conditions and scenic possibilities.

The Alaska Bear Watching Tour in Redoubt Bay Includes:

  • Intimate, 50-minute scenic flightseeing tour from Anchorage
  • Redoubt Bay Field Guide with bear, flora and fauna facts
  • Homemade lunch in the cozy, rustic Redoubt Bay lodge
  • Interactive experience with Alaska natural history guides
  • Alaska brown and black bear watching via covered pontoon boat 
  • Countless photo ops!
  • Morning and afternoon departures available

Depart Anchorage

Return Anchorage

Extras Included in the trip

8:00 am

2:30 pm

Hot Lunch served in the main lodge.

12:30 pm

7:00 pm

Hot Lunch served in the main lodge.

Flight times may vary; you will need to be at Rust’s 30 minutes prior to departure for check in.

These times are provided are approximate.

Dress in layers; prepare for rainy weather.

2013 Rates

$595/person (6-hour bear viewing tour)
Additional taxes and fees: $6.65. * Effective immediately, a 3% transportation tax will be collected on all flights.

Your Alaska Bear Watching Tour in Redoubt Bay includes:

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  • A window seat and 2-way headset
  • Extensive 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 Alaska Bear Watching Tour in Redoubt Bay?

  • Family-owned and operated since 1963
  • Unsurpassed safety record
  • Solid reputation in Alaska
  • Locally-named "Best Alaska Flightseeing Service"  and “Best Alaska Air Taxi”by the AnchorageDaily News three years in a row.
  • Simply put, there is no comparable way to experience the splendor of Alaska. 

Give us a call toll free at 1-800-544-2299 to hear more from about the Redoubt Bay Bear watching tour 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; the weather at Redoubt Bay can be quite different from Anchorage.  Be prepared for rain and for taking lots of photos.  Also, please plan to only take a light day pack with you to Redoubt Bay Lodge.


from Anchorage,

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for reservations or for Courtesy Shuttle

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