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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bear Mountain Lodge Alaska/Lake Clark National Park And Preserve