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A nice walk in the Woods

We stopped at Bear Weir on the way down to the lake. Due to the time of year there were only a couple of salmon but it was a nice stop. We most enjoyed the hike/walk down to the... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2016
Monroe, North Carolina
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Monroe, North Carolina
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Reviewed September 29, 2016

We stopped at Bear Weir on the way down to the lake. Due to the time of year there were only a couple of salmon but it was a nice stop. We most enjoyed the hike/walk down to the lake. The trail is easy enough that any and all should be able to take this hike. You can go as... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016

We took a short walk through the woods in hopes of seeing bears on the distant shores. Unfortunately, there aren't any beaches on this lake. There are only a few cutouts where you have to walk through narrow, overgrown trails (sometimes muddy). We saw a bunch of bright red spawning salmon, which was an amazing sight. We did not see... More 

Thank Christina T
Berryville, Virginia
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Reviewed August 17, 2016

The lake is so beautiful. We had a pair of eagles sitting in a tree when we visited. We also went on a nice hike through the woods around the lake. Stop and check out the Weir on the way to the lake.

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West Hollywood, California
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Reviewed August 9, 2016

I found myself frequenting various parts of Bear Lake on my trip to the area. Start at the trailhead off of Bear Creek Rd and short walk will place you at the mouth of the creek, where, if the right time of year, you'll see a couple hundred bright Pink Salmon waiting anxiously to swim upstream and spawn. Continue of... More 

Thank _JesseWilson
Rohnert Park
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Reviewed August 6, 2016

We parked and walked around the lake. While we did not see bear on the trail we could tell they had been there. We watched the salmon both at the lake and working their way up the stream. It was great fun. An eagle came down for a catch at lakeside!

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

Bear Lake is just off the Seward Highway six miles short of Seward on Bear Lake Drive. The lake was stunningly beautiful whether under clear blue or angry black skies. We found a boat ramp down into the lake, sea planes "parked" at the houses on the lake and hiking trails all around. There did not appear to be many... More 

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Seward, Alaska
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

Bear Lake is a beautiful wildlife viewing area with lots birds including eagles, loons, mew gulls, golden eye ducks, water dippers, and kingfishers. This is a red salmon spawning area CLOSED TO FISHING. Yes we have bears but they are rarely seen and can be dangerous. Groups that are talking while they walk are unlike to surprise a bear and... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed July 3, 2016

Our B&B hosts in Seward suggested we go to Bear Lake to see the salmon run. It's 5-6 mi N of town. There's a trail up the east side of the lake with a trail head (limited parking) where Bear Lake Rd changes to Bleth Rd. We walked maybe 1/2 mi along the lake to where a stream came in... More 

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Reviewed June 28, 2016

Using Milepost, we found the fish weir on the road to Bear Lake. It was really interesting to watch the salmon lined up in the stream on one side of the road and then to watch them jumping into the weir on the other side. Bear Lake itself was quite peaceful and lovely.

Thank LissaJ41
Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed June 27, 2016

Spectacular view, hidden down a small road ending at the water's edge. Find this place and go here. The view is great. You might see bald eagles, too. And the most amazing (and cool) lawn ornament you probably will ever see in your life!

1 Thank GMak54

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