Great Alaska Adventures

Alaska – The Destination for Adventure

Website:  http://www.greatalaska.com/

One particular love affair with Alaska began more than 30 years ago. Since then a venture that began as a fishing lodge has morphed into Great Alaska Adventures.  Laurence John, Principal and Founder, son Kent John, and partner Kathy Haley, an Alaska native, have grown a sport fishing enterprise into opportunities for diverse adventure travel on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, just 20 minutes by plane from Anchorage. The company is recognized as an Industry leader by virtue of its world-class offerings of trips: sport fishing, bear viewing, family safaris, multi-sport adventures, eagle float trips, Kenai Fjords nature cruises, photo safaris and more.

This company’s commitment to a sustainable world began when they created a vacation lodge from an historic homestead dating back to Kathy’s father, legendary Kenai Peninsula pilot and pioneer, Walt Pederson. Great Alaska Adventure Lodge, with its 30+ year legacy, has maintained sustainable practices since its inception. Operating in harmony with the environment this company promotes minimal harvest for salmon and catch and release for all native species.  Guide training is key to these efforts. All of its guides are licensed with the state of Alaska and all Kenai guides have completed course work through the Kenai River Guide Academy, the most extensive and thorough training program for freshwater salmon guides in the world. A sustainable ‘Leave No Trace Behind’ philosophy is imbedded in all of this company’s practices.

The Lodges

Great Alaska Adventure Lodge (aka Kenai River Lodge) is the company’s first accommodation and was started with the intent of providing a comfortable home base for sport fishermen. Originally the lodge was a base camp for early homesteaders and the land on which it sits was the site of Kenai Peninsula’s first float plane service. Twenty-five acres offer full views of the massive Harding Ice Field at the confluence of two mighty rivers, the Kenai and the Moose, and panoramas of the snow-capped Chugach Range. All rooms have a breathtaking view of the surrounding river and Kenai Mountains. The lodge and seven detached cabins can accommodate business and family groups of all configurations and sizes, as well as couples and singles. Guests have a choice of guest accommodations in the main lodge or in separate cabins that have a choice of three, four or six rooms. The lodge sits at the confluence of the Moose and Kenai Rivers, the literal epicenter of the legendary Kenai Peninsula and bounded by the Kenai Wildlife Refuge on three sides.  This is the center of one of the world’s most diverse and prolific sport fisheries. See: http://www.greatalaska.com/pages/alaska_lodge/44.php

Great Alaska BearCamp® is accessible only by Alaska bush plane or boat and is nestled right next to the entrance of Lake Clark National Park, below towering snow-capped mountains and the blue waters of Cook Inlet. This well-outfitted outpost, built originally by a homesteader and now with eternal grandfathered access to the back country, is a combination of a homestead time capsule, and high tech, wilderness retreat.  BearCamp®offers intimate, close-up viewing of Alaska Brown Bears (Ursos Arctos).  This is a permanent camp that protects and insures the bears’ ability to live as they always have, by becoming habituated to the movements of humans (and vice versa) in a secure and comfortable environment. Visitors lodge, dine and socialize in Weatherport extreme weather cabin/tents placed on raised wooden deck platforms. The tents feature wooden floors, solid doors, propane heat and light, writing desks, clothes hooks with potties in the tents.  A community bathhouse has composting toilets and eco showers. Chef-prepared meals are made from fresh ingredients that are flown in daily. See: http://www.greatalaska.com/pages/bear_viewing_/118.php

International Lodges also Owned and Operated by Great Alaska Adventures

Alaska Packages and Safaris

Adventure Safaris, Wildlife/Fishing Combos and National Park Safaris

The best Alaska Adventure isn't experienced through the window of a tour bus. Great Alaska offers a variety of possible options including glacier and wildlife cruising, bear viewing, mild to wild hiking and scenic or whitewater rafting. Currently guests may choose from nine itineraries from five to eleven days, in intimate groups of 2-12. See: http://www.greatalaska.com/pages/all_trips/3.php

Great Alaska Family Adventures

Families have traveled to Great Alaska with their children and grandchildren for nearly three decades – learning the “J – stroke” in canoes, walking in game trails worn deep by centuries of passing moose, living with bears in their native habitat and of course, catching their first Alaskan salmon on a fly or spoon. Aside from lodge and BearCamp stays, three safaris ranging from five to seven days give families full immersion into the wilds of Alaska. Guests enjoy deep savings with 50% off kids age 15 and under on all family trips. See: http://www.greatalaska.com/pages/alaska_family_vacations/132.php

The Fishing Season in Alaska

Sport fishing for Alaska King Salmon and other trophy species (Rainbow Trout and Char, Arctic Grayling and ocean-going Halibut) takes place from spring to fall.  The King Salmon season on the Kenai River runs from May 15 to July 31.  Cohoe "Silver" Salmon fishing takes place from August 1 to September 30. Sockeye Salmon, Alaska's tastiest sport fish run from June 5 to July 31. Pink “Humpback” Salmon, from August 1 to September 1 (even years only) go sockeye one better and are perfect for youngsters since they will strike anything, anywhere, anytime! See: http://www.greatalaska.com/pages/alaska_salmon_fishing/51.php

Clientele

The largest percentage of guests are made up of large family, corporate and specialty groups (30% of the business), immediate families make up another 20% (ages 5 and older accepted here), adults from the U.S. and Canada (singles and couples) account for 30% of the business with the remaining 20% coming from Western Europe, Australia and Asia.

The Home Team

Laurence John, Principal and Founder - He has been exploring his entire life. Born in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, he left in his teens for a full scholarship to play hockey for Denver University, then continue on to Los Angeles to work with Hughes aircraft in the late 1950s, and eventually for Xerox after his semi-pro hockey career ended. His first taste of Alaska was a hunting trip in 1969 with his Xerox coworkers, and “the Greatland” never left his mind. As they say, “once you go to Alaska, you never go all the way back.” He spent the next 10 years developing recreational properties on the Olympic peninsula, but Alaska never left his mind.  In 1981 he traveled back to Alaska for more property development and that is where he met his business partner, Kathy Haley. The die was cast and the company was born.

Kathy Haley, Owner/Homesteader - She was raised here. Her father, Walter Pederson, a famous Alaskan homesteader, flew survey flights for the U.S. Army. Once the homesteader act was created, he was in a good position to pick the very best spot on the Kenai. Here Kathy grew up, eating moose and sheep, smoking salmon caught from the Kenai River, flying across Cook Inlet to dig for clams and set-netting off the mouth of the Anchor River. Today, anxious to share her love and passion for Alaska, she assists with guest arrangements while also working as a specialist teacher for dyslectic children and adults while sharing her faith with her community through involvement with the local church.

Kent John, Owner, General Manager, head of Marketing and Fishing Operations - Kent traveled to Alaska in his senior year of high school in order to work to help fund his college education at Washington State University. While processing sockeye salmon on the Nushagak River, he, like his dad, fell in love with Alaska. Then he spent a week on the Kenai with his father and first fished the confluence of the Moose and Kenai rivers where the lodge now sits. He has guided the Kenai River since 1984, and trains and manages the guide staff in the role of Fishing Operations Manager.  He served for five years as president of the Alaska Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association advocating for the sustainability of Alaska’s natural and cultural resources and for responsible tourism and tourism planning for communities.

Affiliations

  • Alaska Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association
  • Adventure Travel and Trade Association
  • Trusted Adventures
  • Kenai River Professional Guide Association
  • Member of the National Wildlife Federation
  • Member of the Alaska Travel Industry Association

Awards and Certifications

Silver Level Certification from Adventure Green Alaska - In recognition of its commitment to the environment, Great Alaska was awarded a Silver Level certification from Adventure Green Alaska (AGA), Alaska's only sustainability certification program.

Contact

Great Alaska Adventures
33881 Sterling Highway
Sterling, AK 99672

Telephone toll-free 866-411-BEAR (866-411-2327)
Local telephone number during summer: 907 262 4515

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Great Alaska Adventures Includes a One-of-a-Kind BearCamp® Experience in 2017-18 Wilderness Safaris

STERLING, AK, Feb. 21, 2017– The premise of a safari is to explore exotic landscapes with veteran guides, to witness animals in native habitat and to dwell in short bursts surrounded by all that a wilderness can offer. Personalized service, security and creature comforts also factor into the experience.

A pioneer in Alaska conservation and adventure travel, Great Alaska Adventures (http://www.greatalaska.com/) is taking bookings now for its 2017 and 2018 seasons with programs that promise to exceed expectations of what a safari should be. The epicenter of these multi-day safaris is Great Alaska BearCamp®, a remote outpost at the entrance of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. This is the gateway to four million roadless acres bordering Cook Inlet and accessible only by Alaska bush plane or boat. Other than glamping guests and staff, the only other residents are some 70 Brown Bear that call the shores of Chinitna Bay home. See: http://www.greatalaska.com/pages/bear_viewing_camp/118.php

Between June 1 and Sept. 1, guests on all Great Alaska Adventures’ safaris fly into the encampment from the Kenai Peninsula’s Soldotna airfield in groups of four and six for a one or two-night stay to experience several-times-daily guided bear viewings on foot, in a viewing vehicle or from a camouflaged platform. Often guests with guides track the bears as they saunter from the meadow to chase fish on the beaches. Bears also cavort around the lodge, which is secured by a bear-proof fence.

The Walt Disney Company chose Great Alaska BearCamp® as a base for filming Bears, their 2014 award-winning nature documentary. This is a permanent camp for 16 guests that allows bear to become habituated to the movements of humans while providing comfortable viewing for visitors who lodge, dine and socialize in Weatherport extreme weather cabin/tents on raised wooden deck platforms. Each cabin’s metal door opens to a beach view that often includes the mama bears showing cubs how to dig for clams.  The tents feature wooden floors, solid doors, propane heat and light, writing desks, clothes hooks and ensuite potty facilities. A community bathhouse has composting toilets and eco showers. One large tent is dedicated to cooking and communal dining.

The bush plane lands on the smooth beach of remote Chinitna Bay. The 45-minute flight passes by Cook Inlet, with its second highest tide in the world, and the 10,000 foot volcano, Mount Iliamna. Food is flown in daily that an on-site, Culinary Institute of America-trained chef augments with locally harvested clams, berries and fish, pretty much the same fare that bears enjoy.

Special bonds are forged here. One man lived here alone with the bears for 30 years. Today camp visitors may visit the Wayne Byers Memorial Homestead, virtually intact as it was when he died a few years ago.  Caprice Stoner spends her summers here. For over a decade she has served as hostess, manager, gatekeeper and naturalist at Great Alaska BearCamp®. In this perfect-for-bear, unaltered-by-man ecosystem where Great Alaska Adventures has had a presence for some 15 years, Stoner and her team work closely with the National Park Service on sustainable bear viewing practices that leave minimal impact on the bears and environment.

Following are safari programs that include Great Alaska BearCamp®:

- National Park Wildlife Safari– Over 10 days watch glaciers calving and the antics of Humpback and Orca whales, sea otters and the endangered Stellar sea lions; kayak by moose, fox, beaver, bear (Brown and Black), lynx and wolves. From $6,195 per person, double. http://www.greatalaska.com/trips/national_park_wildlife_safari/16.php

- The Greatland Safari– For seven days the spectacles and wildlife of the Kenai Peninsula impress guests while hiking and cruising. From $4,195 per person, double. http://www.greatalaska.com/trips/the_greatland_safari/82.php

- Ultimate Alaska Family Adventure Safari– Families can enjoy five or seven days, choosing between guided salmon fishing and glacier cruising, with eagles prevalent on guided hikes and kayak excursions. From $5,195 per person double for seven days; from $4,395 per person double for five days. http://www.greatalaska.com/trips/ultimate_alaska_family_adventure/72.php

- The Kenai Explorer Safari– Over five days enjoy wilderness hiking and kayaking through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. From $3,195 per person double.  http://www.greatalaska.com/trips/the_kenai_explorer_safari/83.php

Great Alaska BearCamp® is also available as a stand-alone adventure for one and two-night stays. It is an ideal complement to a cruise or other Alaska-based touring. Rates at BearCamp® start at $1,595 per person, double for a one-night stay or $2,095 per person, double for a two-night stay (add $100 to these rates for RT transfers from Anchorage).

For more information please call 866-411-2327, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: http://www.greatalaska.com/.

About Great Alaska Adventures

One particular love affair with Alaska began more than 30 years ago. Since then a venture that began as a fishing lodge has morphed into Great Alaska Adventures.  Laurence John, Principal and Founder, son Kent John, and partner Kathy Haley, an Alaska native, have grown a sport fishing enterprise into opportunities for diverse adventure travel on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, just 20 minutes by plane from Anchorage. The company is recognized as an industry leader by virtue of its world-class offerings of trips: sport fishing, bear viewing, family safaris, multi-sport adventures, eagle float trips, Kenai Fjords nature cruises, photo safaris and more.

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Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge off Mexico’s Yucatan Introduces Guests to Reeling in Trophy-size Tarpon and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

ISLA HOLBOX, MEXICO, July 7, 2016 –Tackling a trophy-size Tarpon lures fishing aficionados to Isla Holbox. Others angle to snorkel with and photograph whale sharks, or sea kayak or horseback ride on the beach, or head off-island to explore the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.

Everyone who comes to Isla Holbox appreciates island life and a beach that frequents international top-ten lists. While there’s a vibrant tourist scene, there are no high-rises and no cars. Local fishermen and their families, numbering around 1,500, share stories of the one that got away as visitors zip around in golf carts on this sun-and-sand vacation paradise near the Mexican Riviera – without the crowds. The island’s flair for laid-back sophistication and romance, plus its reputation as one of the world’s premier Tarpon fisheries, would do Papa Hemingway proud.

A hospitality company synonymous with sport fishing, adventure travel lodges and bear watching in Alaska, Great Alaska Adventures, shares the fun of world-class line and fly fishing for sports fish off the doorstep of its strategically located Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge (http://holboxflyfishing.com/). Here up to 10 guests are privileged at any given time to enjoy European service and the let’s-walk-to-dinner fun of discovering yet another local eatery each evening.

Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge accommodation and activities packages include a daily continental breakfast and complimentary signature hors d’oeuvres each evening. Lunches are arranged for fishing and other excursions. To support the local economy, the lodge encourages guests to dine evenings at the eclectic mix of restaurants – think Italian, Mexican, French and Mediterranean - a five-minute walk away. The lodge also employs only local guides who underscore the importance of the catch-and-release fishing program. 

Peak season when trophy-size giant Tarpon reveal themselves is from May through September. The popular winter season featuring fun-to-catch “baby” tarpon is October through April. Lodge packages may include full days of fishing and other activities. For example, a seven day/six night Trophy Tarpon Classic includes accommodation and lodge offerings plus six days of fishing with boat, guide and spin fishing gear. Fly fishing gear can be rented. The per person, double rate in peak season is $3,495 and in the winter season is $2,695. If someone goes out solo there’s a $200 a day single supplement. If one companion chooses not to fish, a Beach Bum rate of $200 per day in peak season and $100 in winter applies.

A Couple’s Combo combines Tarpon fishing and Holbox Island adventures that can include horseback riding on the beach, kayaking the mangrove lagoons and enjoying beach-side massages. Swimming with the whale sharks is offered as an optional activity for an additional fee from June through September. A five day/four night per person double rate is $1,995 in peak season and $1,895 in winter.

Arrangements can be made for one party to book the entire lodge in the winter season.  For details please see http://holboxflyfishing.com/holbox-house-rental/

The island is just off the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula where an incredible variety of fish travel from the open waters of the Caribbean Sea to the protected waters of the Gulf of Mexico. As the Silver King or large trophy Tarpon migrate, they feed on the prolific baitfish located just offshore, making them prime targets for fly and spin fishing enthusiasts. Birders also consider this a privileged locale for observing migratory species of birds.

While the International Game Fish Assn. has recorded a 286-pound Tarpon, an average Silver King, with legendary strength and stamina, weighs between 70 and 100 pounds.  Tarpon of up to 40 pounds are plentiful year round when casting in the mostly protected waters of the mangrove lagoons. As a guide poles a boat through the shallow water, guests spot groups of fish and cast to them. Along with the Baby Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Snook and Barracuda more readily take flies, making each day different from the last. 

The island is a 2.5-hour drive in a private van from Cancun to Chiquila where guests travel for 30 minutes by a small private boat to the island and the door of Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge. Manager Luciano is always happy to advise on where to dine and shop. For details on programs on Isla Holbox, please see a recently revamped website: http://holboxflyfishing.com/.

For information on programs in Alaska,please see http://www.greatalaska.com/. The telephone number is 866-411-2327 (outside the US please call (360) 697 6454) and the email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Great Alaska Adventures

One particular love affair with Alaska began 40 years ago. Since then a venture that began as a fishing lodge has morphed into Great Alaska Adventures.  Laurence John, Principal and Founder, son Kent John, and partner Kathy Haley, an Alaska native, have grown a sport fishing enterprise into opportunities for diverse adventure travel on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, just 20 minutes by plane from Anchorage. The company is recognized as an industry leader by virtue of its world-class offerings of trips: sport fishing, bear viewing, family safaris, multi-sport adventures, eagle float trips, Kenai Fjords nature cruises, photo safaris and more. When guests asked where they could travel with the company in Alaska’s cold months, the company responded by creating programs on Isla Holbox in Mexico.

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Great Alaska Adventures Suggests Family-Specific Itineraries That Highlight Wilderness Exploration with Bear Viewing and Fishing

STERLING, AK, May 18, 2016 –Ideas for family vacations get tossed along with salads at the family dinner table. And because planning should be part of the fun, following are a few tips from the experts to sprinkle into the family conversation about where to go this year.

Great Alaska Adventures (http://www.greatalaska.com/) that has helped families plan trips up to the Last Frontier, Alaska, for over 30 years underscores the importance of…

1.            Choosing a location everyone in the family is excited about. 

2.            Picking a destination offering children and adults a range of activities.

3.            Making a game of sampling new food and beverages while away from home.

4.            Trying a totally new sport or activity such as sea kayaking or fly fishing.

Families seem drawn to Alaska and its seemingly endless scenery and outdoor options.

“Our family business in Alaska is growing, up 30 percent over just three years ago,” says Kent John, co-owner, General Manager, and head of Fishing Operations for Great Alaska Adventures. “We know the destination is exciting. We guarantee that nobody gets bored because every day there’s a new place to visit and a different activity related to where we’re going.  And even though we believe that sampling new foods is part of the vacation fun, we do believe helping children feel at home is really important and therefore we offer kid-pleasing menus as well as gourmet fare for the adults.” 

This company’s family-specific programs offer with one fully paid accompanying adult a 50 percent savings for one child ages 5 to 15. If there are two adults, then the savings applies to two children.

John and his team suggest these three family-specific programs for the 2016 season (all offer the 50 percent per child discount). 

Ultimate Family Adventure available June 1 through Sept. 1 can be for seven days at a per person adult rate of $5,195 or for five days at $3,795. This program combines world-class Alaska fishing, one night at a private, fly-in bear viewing camp, plus glacier and wildlife cruising. The adventure begins on Day 1 when families are met at their hotel in Anchorage for a scenic 135 mile trip deep into the Kenai Peninsula.  After orientation and lunch, the family hops into a bush plane for a 50-minute back country flight to Great Alaska’s BearCamp®. Here the family meets the royalty of Alaskan wildlife at camp as brown bears feed and frolic beyond the perimeter of an electrified fence.  From the main lodge on Day 3 the options are salmon fishing or lake kayaking. Day 4 is a choice between a cruise through Kenai Fjords to see whales and puffins, or fishing for halibut. Day 5 is wilderness hiking. Day 6 is a float on the Kenai River to spot Bald Eagles that nest here. Lynx, nesting swans and moose are in store on Day 7 while paddling on calm water. See: http://www.greatalaska.com/trips/ultimate_alaska_family_adventure/72.php

Alaska Family Adventure Safari available June 1 to Sept. 10 is also seven ($3,895) or five ($3,095) days. Families fish the world famous Kenai or Kasilof rivers with world class guides, hike through remote wilderness, look for Bald Eagles on a river float, cruise through the fjords of Kenai Fjords National Park seeking calving glaciers and, among other sea critters, Humpback Whales, and experience the "End of the Road" in Homer where old-time Alaska reveals a Russian Orthodox Church, a boardwalk and the famed Salty Dog Saloon. Each night guests overlook the most famous stretch of salmon fishing water on the world, the famous Kenai River. Home is Great Alaska Adventure Lodge. See: http://www.greatalaska.com/trips/alaska_family_adventure_safari/17.php

Alaska Family Fishing Adventure available June 1-Aug. 31 is seven days at a per person adult rate of $4,395. In addition to the featured activity, four days of guided fishing (three boat trips and one beach fishing trip), guests enjoy guided hiking, cruising for wildlife and rafting. Families can mix up spin and fly fishing. Trolling for salmon and trophy trout combines with off-shore fishing for deep water species. Home during the week is at the Great Alaska Adventure Lodge. See: http://www.greatalaska.com/trips/alaska_family_fishing_adventure/69.php

For more information on all of Great Alaska’s family programs please see http://www.greatalaska.com/pages/alaska_family_vacations/132.php-.

For more information on all of the packages offered by Great Alaska Adventures please call 866-411-2327, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: http://www.greatalaska.com/.

About Great Alaska Adventures

One particular love affair with Alaska began more than 30 years ago. Since then a venture that began as a fishing lodge has morphed into Great Alaska Adventures.  Laurence John, Principal and Founder, son Kent John, and partner Kathy Haley, an Alaska native, have grown a sport fishing enterprise into opportunities for diverse adventure travel on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, just 20 minutes by plane from Anchorage. The company is recognized as an industry leader by virtue of its world-class offerings of trips: sport fishing, bear viewing, family safaris, multi-sport adventures, eagle float trips, Kenai Fjords nature cruises, photo safaris and more.

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Great Alaska BearCamp® Invites Guests To Get Close and Personal With One of The World’s Largest Carnivores

STERLING, AK, April 15, 2016 --Caprice Stoner spends her summers in Alaska. But not just anywhere. For the past ten years she has served as hostess, manager, gatekeeper and naturalist at Great Alaska BearCamp®. A member of the Great Alaska Adventures family of lodges, this remote outpost sits at the entrance of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, some four million roadless acres bordering Cook Inlet, accessible only by Alaska bush plane or boat.

Her stories resonate with the excitement of returning year after year to this site and recognizing families of brown bear matriarchs and offspring that come to chow down during fish runs and to graze in lush salt marsh meadows that border this camp tucked into a clearing in a coastal mountain range. In 2013 Great Alaska BearCamp® hosted a crew for the filming of the nature documentary Bears, a 2014 Disney release. For more on the film please see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2458776/

Between June 1 and Sept. 1 the camp accommodates up to 16 guests at any given time who overnight here for on average one night and sometimes two, with daylight hours spent bear viewing within an hour walk of the camp that is surrounded by an electric fence. Ambling along the beach guests view one of North America’s grandest carnivores digging at low tide for clams or harvesting fish. They also see bear in surrounding sedge meadows and marshes. Guests may also see a family of foxes, mink and short-tailed weasel, an occasional moose and even wolves and whales.  See: http://www.greatalaska.com/pages/bear_viewing_camp/118.php

In this perfect-for-bear, unaltered-by-man ecosystem where Great Alaska Adventures (http://www.greatalaska.com/) has had a presence for some 15 years, Stoner and her team work closely with the National Park Service on best bear viewing practices that have minimal impact on the bears and environment.

“I have a personal love for these bears. I don’t want them to be pushed away or to lose their habitat. This is a Nirvana for them. If they have enough food and feel safe they will come back to same area. They are creatures of habit,” says Stoner, who is one of the most experienced bear guides in Alaska. “How do I know these are the same bears year after year? They have markers and personalities.”

When not engaged with a guide outside the camp, guests can view bear activity from the raised platforms that secure their accommodations. Heidi Solum, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef prepares the meals; wine is served at dinner and late evenings but hard liquor is not available because Stoner wants to her guests to be alert at all times. The resident chef can accommodate most dietary issues. The camp provides a solar panel for charging batteries and CPAP machines.

After meeting guests who fly in for various multiday packages, Stoner’s job includes helping put them at ease.

“They are looking to me and crew to protect and inform them. Our do’s and don’ts during a 30-minute orientation set their minds at ease,” Stoner notes. “We live out there with bear; we sleep in tents next to bear. I am kind of a mother hen.”

Children are welcome, but Stoner hopes they will be at least five years old and can be quiet in the presence of the bears.

This is a permanent camp that allows bear to become habituated to the movements of humans while providing comfortable viewing for visitors who lodge, dine and socialize in Weatherport extreme weather cabin/tents on raised wooden deck platforms. The tents feature wooden floors, solid doors, propane heat and light, writing desks, clothes hooks and ensuite potty facilities. A community bathhouse has composting toilets and eco showers. One large tent is dedicated to cooking and community dining.

Great Alaska BearCamp® is available for one and two-night stays. It is an ideal complement to a cruise or other Alaska-based itineraries such as those offered by Great Alaska Adventures. Guests fly from Soldotna airfield in groups of four and six, landing on the shoreline right in front of the camp after a fly-by of Mount Itiamna and Kalgin Island.

Per person double rates at BearCamp® start at $1,495 per person for a one night stay or $1,995 for two night stays.

For more information on all the bear viewing programs offered by Great Alaska Adventures please call 866-411-2327, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: http://www.greatalaska.com/.

About Great Alaska Adventures

One particular love affair with Alaska began more than 30 years ago. Since then a venture that began as a fishing lodge has morphed into Great Alaska Adventures.  Laurence John, Principal and Founder, son Kent John, and partner Kathy Haley, an Alaska native, have grown a sport fishing enterprise into opportunities for diverse adventure travel on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, just 20 minutes by plane from Anchorage. The company is recognized as an industry leader by virtue of its world-class offerings of trips: sport fishing, bear viewing, family safaris, multi-sport adventures, eagle float trips, Kenai Fjords nature cruises, photo safaris and more.

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Contact for Information, Interviews, Photos and Press Trips:     

Widness and Wiggins PR

Sara Widness / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dave Wiggins / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 720.301.3822

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