The Ultimate Alaska Family Adventure
The perfect family experience for those who simply want the best- plus 30% off for kids 15 & under! Combining World-Class Alaska Fishing, plus our own private, fly-in bear viewing camp! Add Kenai Fjords Glacier/wildlife cruising and more, this trip is all you hoped your Alaska experience would be....all in one amazing week.
There is truly no other trip like this Ultimate Alaska family adventure like this!
This Ultimate Alaska Family Adventure features stays at our world famous BearCamp and renowned riverside main lodge. BearCamp is a "glamping" style basecamp with twin and queen beds and linens, gas heat and light, "en Suite" potties in the tents and composting toilets and showers in shared bathrooms. Our renowned Kenai RIver Adventure Lodge features incredible Kenai River and Kenai Mountain view rooms complete with view decks. Meals are served in the main lodge with lunches served "on the trail". All trips based are on double occupancy - single rooms sometimes available for an additional fee.
Anchorage hotel Pickup & Fly to BearCamp
7:30 AM pickup at your Anchorage hotel, followed by an incredibly scenic 135 mile trip to Great Alaska. Following orientation and lunch, it’s onto the plane for a 50 minute bush flight to BearCamp. Spend the day with the royalty of Alaskan wildlife. Overnight in double occupancy weather-port tent/cabins. Electrified fence perimeter and experienced guides will be with you at all times to keep this amazing experience safe and comfortable for you.
Morning with Bears & Afternoon at Riverfront Lodge
Your second and final day in the Lake Clark wilderness with coastal brown bears. Spend the morning enjoying hot coffee, hot chocolate and your new friends as they wander about the meadow and work to put on the all important coat of fat they will need for the coming winter. After lunch you'll board the bush plane for the return flight to the main lodge, then settle in to your riverfront rooms. You'll have some relax time prior to your first happy hour, dinner and evening activities at the riverside main lodge. The kids can go to our private fishing hole and learn to fish from our "Beach Guide" and enjoy an evening campfire with S'mores.
World Class Guided Salmon Fishing
Rise early in the morning for a day of Salmon fishing on the world famous Kenai River. 4 anglers per guide will drift, troll or cast for the world's largest King, Silvers, Sockeye or Pink Salmon, depending upon the season. A great day on one of the world's great rivers. Lunch served "Al fresco" on the river, returning to the lodge in the afternoon. There will be time to relax before family-friendly happy hour and dinner. (non fishers can substitute Wilderness Lake Kayaking).
Choose Glacier & Wildlife Cruise or Offshore Halibut Fishing
Today, you'll enjoy a great day offshore- choose from a day of offshore Halibut Fishing aboard our fast, six passenger boats in Cook Inlet or Resurrection bay... or instead select a day of Kenai Fjords wildlife cruising to see Orca, Whales, Sea Otter, puffin and more. Either way, we'll return to the lodge in the late afternoon just in time for happy hour and dinner. This is an amazing day, and year after year we are told that the offshore day (whether fishing or cruising) is one of the most popular experiences for our families.
Alaska has some of the finest hiking in the world, and the Kenai has some of the Alaska's best. Families with younger kids may choose a moderate walk in the wilderness ending with a raised platform to see salmon leaping towards their spawning grounds, while those with energetic teens may select an aerobic hike to a peak to view glaciers, mountains and the Alaska Range in the distance.. it's all your choice and your guide will go over our options the night before to ensure that you choose the best trip for you.
Scenic Bald Eagle Float
Alaska is the home of the mighty Bald Eagle, and this great scenic float offers the opportunity to see these majestic birds on and around their nests along the turquoise waters of the Kenai River. Of course, Moose, Brown and Black Bear and other Alaskan wildlife call this area home as well, so there is no telling what all you'll see on this beautiful float! Return to lodge in the afternoon for happy hour, dinner, evening fishing hole with campfire and overnight.
Morning of Fishing (or Refuge Paddling
For your final day, you may choose from a calm water paddle upstream on the Moose River, or instead opt for one last day of Salmon or Trout Fishing on the Kenai. For paddling, The Moose river meanders through the Kenai Wildlife refuge, and we'll hope to see Moose, nesting Tundra Swans or even the Lynx that call this area home. Whichever you choose, you'll Return to lodge at noon, with check out at 2:00. Return to Anchorage by commuter air from our local airport, or charter float plane direct from the lodge (return flights not included in package price).
Recommended Gear List
However you choose to arrive, please be "dressed for adventure", as there may be a quick turnaround after lunch to get to the airstrip for your flight to bearcamp - flight times are affected by tides and each day is different time-wise. Please see our pre trip info for specific what to bring list for BearCamp. If your trip includes an overnight at BearCamp, be ready to check in with a smaller day pack (1500 cubic inches or less) ready to go, as your BearCamp® experience will typically be scheduled for your first 2 days of your trip (though not always). Maximum traveling gear for flights is 15 pounds per person. If you are on an extended stay with Great Alaska, we'll hold your larger bag back at the lodge while you are at bearcamp. Be sure to bring a water bottle!
The Ultimate Alaska Family Adventure includes complimentary sightseeing van pickup in Anchorage (we pickup at 4 downtown, mid town and airport locations). Pickup is typically at 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. (time varies slightly each day based upon number and location of pickups). You'll arrive at the main lodge around 10:30 for check in and orientation. We pick up at the cruise dock in Seward or Whittier for an additional fee. After lunch at our main lodge on the banks of the Kenai River in Sterling, we adjust your luggage to meet requirements for your Bush Plane flight to Alaska BearCamp, then we transfer to Soldotna Airport for your hour-long flight seeing trip over Cook Inlet past volcanoes and glaciers to BearCamp. Your return flight from BearCamp, we will return you to our main lodge in Soldotna.
Complimentary van pickup in Anchorage on day one followed by sightseeing transfer to lodge. Trips include our signature meals "nearly world famous" nightly happy hour and appetizers, plus of course our legendary evening activities like "by the fire" salmon fishing and Moose River wildlife kayaking/paddle boarding. Finally, all necessary equipment for your daily adventures is included in your package along with lodge concierge service.
What's Not Included
Gratuities, Alaska fishing license, resort fee, fish processing/shipping and return to Anchorage on your final day are not included in the package price.