Kodiak Bear Viewing
Big Foot is real! ...And he lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska!
Walk in the tracks of the largest bears on the planet! The awe-inspiring Kodiak Bear are only found on the Kodiak archipelago off the Alaska coast. The Kodiak Bears have been genetically isolated since the ice age. These huge bears can weigh as much as 1,500 lbs. or 680 kg.! These giant omnivores tend to be solitary animals with the exception of females with cubs. However, when the salmon run is on, or a dead whale washes up on the beach, the bears can be concentrated as they take advantage of the abundant food source.
Special thanks to Vic Nemeth and Eric Townsend for many of the photos on this page.
Larsen Bay Lodge has access to world class salmon streams and a hundred miles of shoreline where bears feed. So we have fantastic bear viewing options and locations. The highest concentrations of Kodiak Bears are in Larsen Bay Lodge's fishing areas. To get you to the bears, Larsen Bay Lodge has its own fleet of boats and its own airplane to put you in the best areas for bear viewing. Many of National Geographic's favorite fishing areas are near Larsen Bay Lodge. Unlike many large mammals, Kodiak Bears are naturally diurnal (active during the day) making it ideal for photography and capturing incredible video! You will never forget the first time you see baby bear cubs wrestling. ...Or a huge adult bear bounding through the water to pounce on a salmon and carry it dripping to the shore for lunch.Lodge owner, Mike Carlson, is a native of Kodiak who grew up among these magnificent animals. Mike knows bears. He has been featured in many television programs and has won the respect of local residents, tribal elders, as well as Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game and the US Fish & Wildlife Dept.
These entertaining bears wading ice-cold streams and catching colorful salmon is one of nature's most amazing sights. Come and see for yourself! Immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas on the Emerald Isle of Kodiak where you will see not only big bears, but also bald eagles, whales, Stellar Sea Lions, harbor seals, foxes and more.
Ocean Wildlife Viewing
Come for the bears, stay for the whales! Often visible right from the lodge, Larsen Bay is home to finback, humpback and killer whales
We also have puffin rookeries, sea lion rocks, seal beaches and many many locations where they playful and adorable otters gather. Low tide exposes a whole other list of creatures!