The most popular bear viewing area in Alaska is just a 30 minute float plane flight from the Kenai Peninsula. Up to 10,000 visitors each summer stop in at Wolverine Creek in the Lake Clark National Park region to watch mostly brown bears with a few bold black bears try to catch sockeye salmon while the visitors themselves are also fishing for their own catch. Talon Air is one of the original air charters serving the public for this great experience.
BEAR VIEWING LOCATIONS
BIG RIVER LAKES
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL only begins to describe what lies ahead for you. Our turbo-powered ten passenger DeHavilland Otter on floats or our ten passenger turbo-powered Cessna Caravan on floats will whisk you away from our Soldotna floatplane base and 30 minutes later your adventure begins. You'll get a Full Day Experience (approx. 6 hrs.) from departure to return. And of course this means you'll be needing to bring several extra rolls of film, camera batteries and video tapes because the action can be nonstop during your entire visit. These Alaskan brown bears (and some blacks) are there to fish for sockeye salmon and teach their cubs how to eventually do their own fishing when they are older. You'll end up as close as 30 feet from these magnificent animals in the complete safety of your guide's boat while they go about their business of fishing and relaxing. Talk about a photo opportunity where you don't need a telephoto lens!
June 10th - August 20th
Our other premier bear viewing fly-in experience is located in the wild and scenic Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. A rugged yet beautiful area comprised of sleeping active volcanoes, ice fields and glaciers, an abundance of wildlife, with lakes and streams teeming with trout and salmon. It is the huge runs of sockeye and silver salmon migrating upstream to Crescent Lake which attracts a very high concentration of brown bears to this area. And this is where your adventure begins after a short 40 minute flight from our sea plane base in Soldotna. You'll fly past Mount Redoubt whose spectacular eruption period in March and April of 2009 entertained Alaskans as well as world wide viewers via the Internet web cams placed near the mountain. The bears you will see cover the full spectrum with sows with cubs, young adult bears and a number of big bruins whose presence commands immediate respect from all other bears. These bears are drawn to the lake shore where thousands of salmon are spawning in the shallows which makes it easy for them to capture a meal. And as spawned out salmon die and drift back into the river outlet more bears will travel the riverbank in search of an easy meal.
* This trip subject to a $6 National Parks User Fee