Bear Viewing

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 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.

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"I went on a full-day combo salmon/halibut trip with this company yesterday our of Homer, AK. This is a very well run operation. Booking with Tim was a pleasure, he's a very nice, patient man, very accommodating and explained everything well. The boat was the Sea Hawk, designed for 8 fishermen, we only had 4 on this trip, so everyone got more fishing time. Captain Nick and deckhand Zoie (sp?) was just the best. They were both very professional, we felt right at home and their directions and fishing advice was first-rate. They worked very hard to make sure everyone limited on halibut, which didn't take long, the salmon weren't quite as cooperative but we caught 6 Kings on the way back at days end. It's fishing---understand that---never any guarantees with weather or fish so be realistic on your expectations. With that said, would I book with them again? YES, absolutely, and hope to again in the future. And get this: when I arrived at check-in, there were some men with high-end photography/video equipment waiting to be picked up, and turns out it was a National Geographic film crew doing a shoot on halibut fishing. Pretty impressive endorsement for this business."


-Idaho, August 2017

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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