My wife and I visited the Homestead Lodge in early July, and it was simply the best part of the 11 day vacation we took in Alaska. We visited four different national parks, and stayed in lodges at each, but our experience at the Homestead was the most intimate and special.
James and Sheila welcome you into their home as if you were family, and the young staff members were over the top in their efforts to make your experience "one of a kind".
Scott and Sage took us out bear watching, and while we saw many more bears at the Brooks River a week later, viewing them here was much more personal. We were usually the only people within miles as we watched grizzlies of all ages doing their thing without the hassle of crowded viewing platforms and dozens of pushy people trying to get a shot of a bear catching a salmon in its mouth. Scott has been at the lodge for five years and has a tremendous knowledge of the bears and their habits. He and Sage drove us around in a small trailer pulled behind an ATV, and we were able to cover miles and miles of the beautiful coastal meadow.
The second day we were at the Homestead we did some net fishing and caught some Sockeye salmon that we helped gather from the nets. Scott filleted them and Tommy cooked them for dinner that night....superb!
While we were having dinner, a grizzly walked into the backyard and trotted through Sheila's vegetable garden!
We flew from Soldotna via Natron Air, and Tim gave us a smooth ride and landed on the beautiful black sand beach about a half mile from the lodge. There were two grizzlies digging for clams on the beach as we unloaded our gear.
Some travelers choose to fly over to Lake Clark for the day and hire the staff at the Homestead to take them bear viewing. I think those people are missing a large part of the experience, and I encourage you to consider staying at least one night at the Homestead.
- Also Known As:
- Alaska Homestead Lodge Lake Clark National Park And Preserve