Bear-viewing is one of the most popular activities on Kodiak Island. The best time to see a Kodiak bear is during July, August and September and the best way to do so is in the company of a knowledgeable outfitter. Most local air taxis offer half-day viewing trips. Multi-day bear viewing treks can be booked with remote lodges. Some boat charters and kayak outfitters specialize in bear and wildlife viewing. Special use cabins can be reserved through the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge office and through the Alaska State Parks office in Kodiak. Bears are rarely seen on the road system, so if seeing a Kodiak brown bear is an important component of your Alaska experience, plan ahead, select an outfitter, and book your bear-viewing experience several months in advance.
It is important to always remember that we are guests in the bears' home and that the future of this unique population depends on the respect and thoughtfulness humans demonstrate when visiting bear country. Kodiak bears are shy by nature and any kind of human interaction may cause them stress. In most cases these bears are not a threat, but they do deserve your respect and attention. When traveling in bear country always exercise caution and keep alert to the opportunity to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Learn as much as you can before your trip. Call or email for brochures on bear viewing and bear safety along with information on outfitters, lodges, and air and water transportation to bear viewing areas. Email:
Phone: 907-486-4782 or 800-789-4782.