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Alaska Bear Viewing

Alaska is world-renowned for giving visitors an up-close and personal experience with majestic Coastal Brown Bears. Around 98% of our country’s brown bears live in Alaska and hundreds of these incredible animals live right across from Homer on the western side of Cook Inlet.  Homer Ocean through our partners at Northwind Aviation, is proud to offer our guests the opportunity to fly by floatplane or wheel plane into the heart of Katmai and/or Lake Clark National Parks to spend the day watching these great animals.  Visit Northwind Aviation for more information and awesome photos!

Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park and Preserve is located across from Kodiak Island and encompasses over 4 million acres.  Home to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, this park provides an unparalleled experience for its visitors to observe the aftermath of volcanic eruptions.  Katmai is also home to Hallo Bay.  This oceanside area is best described as a sanctuary within a park.  A few of the signature attributes of Hallo Bay are meadows filled with wildflowers, snow-capped mountains, glacier-fed creeks, and lots of bears!     

Within Katmai Park lies the world-famous Brooks Falls.  Fly via floatplane to Naknek Lake where you’ll meet your skilled bear guide and begin an extraordinary tour of Brooks Falls.  During the height of the salmon season, it is possible to see 50 or more brown bears feeding in the river only a few feet from the observation platforms.

Lake Clark National Park

Lake Clark is as rugged as it is beautiful and 1000+ bears call it home.  This park offers multiple opportunities to experience the best of Alaska.  You’ll fly over ice fields, volcanoes, glaciers, and crystal clear lakes full of trout and grayling on your way to Chinitna Bay, Silver Salmon Creek, or Crescent Lake.  These are just a few of the popular viewing areas beckoning to be explored within Lake Clark National Park.

Each of these locations offers incredible opportunities to observe 800-1200 lbs. bears in their natural environment.  After a short safety briefing, you’ll put on a pair of waterproof hip boots, and climb aboard one of our bush planes.  Many customers have commented that the flight from Homer into Bear country was worth the price of admission.  Your route will take you over and around several volcanoes, glaciers, and rivers where you’ll land on long sandy beaches or one of many floatplane lakes or rivers.  From there, you and your trained guide will hike into the backcountry for a photo safari where the incredible scenery and wildlife are around every corner.  It will take your breath away.  Watch as the bears dig for clams, graze on sedge grasses, establish dominance, and teach new cubs how to catch salmon in the river.  Spend the day with us in the heart of bear country and make Alaska-size memories that will last a lifetime!

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"If you're visiting the town of Homer, and want to get a birds-eye view of the area, we cannot recommend Northwind Aviation enough. They're safe; they know and understand the area more than most; and their pricing is fair for the level of service provided. Thanks again for a great tour!"

-Bhyn (Trip Advisor)

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