Bear Camp Alaska
Nestled into a 20-acre inholding in Lake Clark National Park, Bear Camp Alaska offers a remote, off-the-grid outpost from which to safely live amongst the bears. Access to this Kenai Peninsula property is exclusively by bush plane—fly past active volcanoes and the glacial Aleutian and Alaska Ranges, and land on a pristine beach. The weatherproof camp pairs the creature comforts of hot showers and gourmet meals with the thrill of expertly guided small group forays among prime bear territory. At this time-honored property, enjoy exclusive access and total immersion in one of Alaska’s premier bear viewing camps.
Bear Camp Alaska Review
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Choose Bear Camp Alaska for its privileged location, where brown bears consistently roam (indeed, the camp hosted filmmakers for Disney’s 2014 documentary “Bears”). Lake Clark National Park is one of the world’s most renowned bear-viewing destinations, and the homestead that plays host to this Alaska bear camp is ready to host small groups in a sustainable, educational and comfortable way. The tranquil property on Cook Inlet has welcomed guests for decades, with bears comfortably on display at remarkably close range and both parties relaxed by knowing each other’s boundaries. In addition, while the 10 tents can house up to 20 guests, each departure plays host to only 14 guests, ensuring a quality stay.
Bear Camp Alaska is designed to maximize time spent among bears while minimizing any impact on them. The conservation-minded camp is primarily powered by solar panels, including its kitchen and electric safety fence. Electronics charging is available via this energy from the sun. And men’s and women’s restrooms feature solar hot water for showers, as well as composting toilets.
Bear Camp Alaska Facilities
The dining tent brings guests together for chef-prepared gourmet meals at one long table. Food is fresh, healthy and filling, featuring local seafood and other regional fare. While alcohol is restricted, a glass of wine helps complement each night’s meal. The dining tent also acts as the main common area, a space for socializing, enjoying a small library with bear books, guide presentations and recharging camera batteries.
In addition, the camp features two elevated viewing platforms for a birds-eye view of the property and its bear visitors: one 300 feet from camp and the other a 1.5-mile walk. The property also offers direct access into Lake Clark National Park for additional excursions. An onsite vehicle is available to help guests access more distant viewing platforms.
Activities & Guides
The success of Bear Camp Alaska lies in its ability to respectfully coexist with the coastal brown bears that frequent the area; making for many unforgettable memories while exploring the surrounding wilderness. In May and June, mothers and spring cubs frequent the sedge grass. In June and July, large males come to feed on salmon runs. Expert guides with safety equipment lead photographers and wildlife enthusiasts on flexible treks from camp. A passion and reverence for the bears is embodied at all times.
Accommodations at Bear Camp Alaska
Each of the 10 deluxe, safari-style guest tents at this Alaska bear camp is built from custom “Weather-Port” material that holds up to any elements. Tents feature a raised platform floor that extends through a solid door to a front porch. Every tent comes equipped with a propane space heater, two twin beds convertible to a king bed, seating, a desk, solar-powered lighting and a nighttime ensuite porta-potty. Two separate, standalone tents house the respective men’s and women’s bathhouses, each with hot showers and state-of-the-art composting toilets.