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“bears bears and more bears!” 4 of 5 stars
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Chinitna Bay, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, AK 99635   |  
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“bears bears and more bears!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stayed at the bear mountain lodge to see some brown bears in a safe environnement while travelling through alaska and were not dissapointed! The flight from Nikiski to Chinitna Bay was already a highlight by itself (thanks Alaska West Air!) but when we landed on the beach there was a mother sow with three cubs digging for razor clambs just a couple of hundred metres off the beach! We stayed for two nights and had a guide for the two of us which was great (the rest of the lodge was booked by a group of scientists). So we had the opportunity to go bear watching every day for 10 hours which was awesome! The bears obviously know that you are there but have seen enough humans in their lives to know that you are not very interesting and just ignore you. There a no streets on Chinitna Bay so the guide drives a little car on the beach to a salt marsh where the bears a grasing and the first day we had 26 bears in our view! Others hang out on the beach and dig for clambs. It is just amazing to watch the bears in their natural envirnonnment and to see the cubs play! Binoculars are provided.

The lodge itself was nice and the people working there very welcoming and passionate about the bears. Our cabin was a little rough around the edges, I guess it's what you would call rustic. A double bed instead of two singles would have been nice. The lodge has to fly in all the supplies for the guests and because of the bears you are not allowed to bring any food. Breakfast was at 7 and lunch (sandwiches) at 12 and then dinner in the evening. A few snacks inbetween would have been nice and for the amount of people in the morning and evening there was also not enough food (it was also very average). For $800 a night I had expected more from the food ($400 is probably for the flight, but still). That's the only thing I didn't enjoy, everything else, especially the bear viewing, was fab!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Bear Mountain Lodge is located on Chinitna Bay across the Cook Inlet from Homer Alaska. We stayed at the lodge for 5 nights in conjunction with K-Bay air, which flew us in and out of the lodge. While the lodge is located in remote Alaska it offers all the amenities you require. The lodge’s remoteness is why you go there and is the primary ingredient needed for their most popular neighbors, the Alaskan Brown Bears. These bears populate much of the surrounding countryside, mountains, valleys and the Chinitna Bay shoreline.
Accommodation is in the Lodges cabins, which are very comfortable, warm and dry. The cabins are not far from the main lodge, which houses the dinning room and relaxation area. The meals are hearty and excellent, especially their locally caught Halibut!! It’s the staff that really makes the lodge as successful as it is. They are very friendly and accommodating and they go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and are having a good experience.
Of course you go to this Lodge to see the bears. And you won’t be disappointed. Matt (one of the drivers/guides for the lodge) will drive you a short distance in one of their vehicles to the best places to see the bears up close. At first you are petrified to be within 20 feet of these huge animals but Matt has developed an excellent rapport and knowledge of the bear’s behaviors and this allows you be so close to them. However, he is cautious, alert and always vigilant to make sure you and the bears are safe.
We saw so many bears and took so many pictures that we actually began to recognize many of them and their behaviors from day to day. It was a fabulous trip of a lifetime and highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We traveled through both Canada and Alaska for 9 weeks and were very hopeful for this 2-days trip.
Our expectations were not even half of what we have been experiencing!
The flight over mountains, active volcano's up close and secluded glaciers had something mysterious and when we looked at each other...big smiles, all 5 of us...
When Michael flew his Cessna into the idyllic Chinitna Bay we allready knew that we would love our stay !
The lodge lies directly on the beach and offers all the comfort from a 3* hotel, with 5* service... We were spoiled to perfection. "Thank you Angie, you made us feel like home and we would love to come back to your 'paradise'!"
And who would expect to have a private cabin with a comfortable bed, hot shower and heating there. And even internet in the lodge!
And how about a private guide!!!
This exeptional, peaceful place gives one the feeling to be all alone and one with nature, in often absolute silence...with the bears...
And we have seen bears in dozens at all times exploring the bay , and we had the pleasure to be guided by Matt. It is in one word 'phenomenal' how he can make one feel part of the wilderness and friends with the grizzlies in such a short time...
His stories are endless and he's so exited in what he does; one senses that bears are a big part of his life...and so he took us for a midnight walk: " Memorable!"
We couldn't imagine ourselves walking through bear country and not having any fear or at least feeling a little nervous; but nothing 's more wrong.
And although we didn't underestimate these animals and never ignored what Matt said, it felt like walking in te park...
We couldn't explain this in any other way:" It's all about confidence!"
Matt and Michael (at Hallo Bay) gave us their knowledge and guided us in safety and with full respect for the animal. We learnt so much and had an amazing trip!!!
We will never forget you guys! But be sure: "We'll come back for more and longer..."
Jill, Joyce, Hilde, Tine & Rudy

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Chinitna Bay, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, AK 99635
Location: United States > Alaska > Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in Chinitna Bay, in some of the only private land in Lake Clark National Park. We offer overnight accommodations, as well as daily bear viewing trips. We have private cabins, with modern conveniences. Departures from Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Anchorage and Homer are available depending on weather and air transportation scheduling, be sure to contact us with your needs. ... more   less 
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Bear Mountain Lodge Alaska/Lake Clark National Park And Preserve

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