Kodiak Brown Bear Centre

Set on the southwest side of Kodiak Island, the Kodiak Brown Bear Centre offers one of the best and most exclusive bear experiences. This small intimate lodge offers prolific bear viewing, whether on foot or by boat, in an environment only accessible by float plane.

Located on the edge of the remote and stunningly beautiful Karluk Lake, the largest lake on Kodiak Island. It is home to all five species of the Eastern Pacific salmon and thus 2,500 Kodiak Brown Bears - the highest density of brown bears in the world.

The Kodiak Brown Bear Centre has just four en-suite cabins - thus a maximum of six clients at any one time. The rooms are comfortably furnished and spacious; each has a small deck overlooking the lake.


Kodiak Brown Bear Centre is built on the edge of the Karluk Lake. At twelve miles long and two miles wide, it is the largest lake on Kodiak Island. Take a forty-five minute float plane flight from Kodiak across spectacular wilderness to reach the lodge.


  • Sauna
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • Kayaking
  • 24 hour electricity
  • Wi-Fi
  • No mobile phone reception — an unexpected bonus


Here you are afforded intimate up close experiences with bears that are at ease in their natural habitat. There is nothing contrived: there are no wooden boardwalks, no large groups. It is about the very raw and real experience of seeing bears at Kodiak Brown Bear Centre. Travel on foot, kayak or small motor boat with experienced guides. All the staff are either born or raised on Kodiak Island or have decades of experience in this area, thus they have an intimate knowledge of the wildlife, flora and history of the island.

If, for some reason, you are not spell-bound by the bears, you can spend your days fishing or kayaking.

Why we like it

The food is great, the guiding is sensational and the experience is second to none. This is the way to see bears in the wild.

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