Guided Kodiak Brown Bear Viewing on Kodiak Island

Guided Kodiak Brown Bear Viewing on Kodiak Island Information

The Native Alutiiq People of the Kodiak Island Archipelago in Alaska invite you to visit the uniquely stunning Kodiak Island and stay with them at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center (KBBC), a cozy and well-appointed facility with all the amenities of home on the Karluk Lake. Their amazing Alutiiq cultural heritage lives on today through their Regional Native Corporation, Koniag, Inc., which wholly owns and operates the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.  Koniag has created a “world-renowned” guided bear viewing experience where, from late July through September, you’ll have the opportunity to see, up close and personal, these magnificent and legendary Kodiak Brown Bears. The largest omnivores on earth.

Kodiak Island’s rich geologic history is evident in the dramatic peaks, deep blue fjords, and emerald valleys that characterize this stunning archipelago like none other on Earth. The island of Kodiak was sculpted for millennia by glaciers. As the crushing expanse of ice retreated 12,000 years ago, it left breathtaking land expanses exhibiting the indelible mark of the last ice age. Kodiak Island is the second-largest island in the United States, and Karluk Lake is the largest lake on the island

Today, you can experience what Alaskan nature has to offer while exploring the majestic wilderness of Kodiak Island through the trip of a lifetime by booking with the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.  The Kodiak Brown Bear Center’s home is on Camp Island, located in the center of Karluk Lake, and is just a short boat ride away from some of the best brown bear habitats remaining on the planet. This program represents Alaska bear viewing at its best, including the fusion of thousands of years of traditional Alutiiq wisdom with modern scientific knowledge.

  • The KBBC is located 90 air miles southwest of Kodiak city. It is accessible only by float plane or helicopter.  The round-trip flight price from Kodiak to the KBBC is included in the published rates.
  • Guest size is limited to 6 persons at a time so they can provide a safe, high quality and personalized “bear viewing experience like no other”
  • The KBBC does not provide alcoholic beverages, but guests can bring their own.
  • There is no cellular service at the KBBC campus on Karluk Lake.  Internet service is available at the camp, so you can receive email and text messages on your cell through our Wi-Fi network.
  • Call ahead for the bear viewing season.
  • Plan on having layers of clothing. The temperature typically ranges from 30 to 50 F (0-10 C) in the spring and fall and 40 to 70 F (5-20 C) in the summer (July and August), with dynamic weather changes being the norm year-round.
  • Book your stay by calling the Kodiak Brown Bear Center: at 1-877-335-2327 or by filling out a reservation request on their website:

Guided Kodiak Brown Bear Viewing on Kodiak Island

Travel information
  • Time Zone: Alaska Standard Time

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