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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, AK
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#4 of 6 Speciality lodging in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
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Paula R wrote a review Nov 2019
Narre Warren, Australia3 contributions3 helpful votes
This was a fantastic experience. Less crowded that Denali and we got to take out up close and personal photos of the bears. Bears came few feet away from us and it was just breathtaking scenery. Loved it and would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Lorena and Sally wrote a review Sep 2019
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In 2019, my family flew with Rust Aviation to Redoubt Bay Lodge. Spectacular scenery. We saw bears and eagles, and played on a floating bog that called the “Magic carpet.” An incredible experience. Our guide, Dr. Steve Stringham, was fount of knowledge about bears. From a PhD scientist, one expects stuffy lectures. Instead, Steve surprised us by telling us story after story of his adventures with bears, cracking bear jokes, and answering our technical questions in ways that were information, but never overwhelmed us or made us feel stupid for asking them. As he said, he gave us plenty of “bear facts” and just a few of the “grizzly details.” When he read from his book Beauty Within the Beast, we were amazed at the beauty of his prose. Poetic and inspirational. They shine with his passion for bears and bear conservation. During periods when no bears were visible, he showed his some of his fantastic photos, which showed us what could be achieved there at Wolverine Creek, which flows into Diving Bear Cove. He also showed us a video he had produced. So despite having to wait over an hour for a bear to appear, we never became bored. All in all, it was the adventure of a lifetime. If you ever visit Redoubt Bay Lodge, ask Steve to guide you. In all our years of travel, he is the best guide we've ever
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Date of stay: July 2019
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William B wrote a review Aug 2019
San Francisco, California118 contributions34 helpful votes
Flew Rust's Flying Service to this remote lodge to view the wildlife. Upon arrival we were provided a delicious lunch, then on to a boat to view the bears. Our guide, Gabriel, was wonderful. He knew where to find the bears. We saw 8 bears ( a couple of mom's with cubs) one mom actually eating scraps of fish left over by the fisherman. 4 eagles, a beaver dam, and red and silver salmon trying to jump up a cascading water fall. Don't forget to ask for Gabriel.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Jeff M wrote a review Aug 2019
Richmond, Virginia8 contributions3 helpful votes
This beautiful place is the only privately owned lodge within 180,000 neighboring acres. My wife and I just spent three days there and had a fantastic series of adventures. One day we took a helicopter to a mountain otherwise not accessible and we experienced a challenging hike with breathtaking views. The next day we kayaked over 10 miles and the scenery and experience was extraordinary. In spite of all of this, the most spectacular part of this trip was the lodge’s committed and amazing staff. They are all super genuine and caring to the highest level. We would like to give a special thank you, shout out and 5⭐️ acknowledgment to Gabe and Maria who we would have brought home with us had we been given the chance, Damon who is a wealth of charismatic knowledge and who made every moment fun, Michael who prepared every delicious meal with love and caring attention, Steve who is a true bear loving expert and openly sacrificially giving of himself in every way, and both Kiera and Kendra who though we spent less direct time with, were always cheerful, helpful and a pleasure to be around. Lastly thank you to Danny and Kelly, the owners for allowing us to share time in your little slice of heaven. Cheers!! If ever in Richmond, Virginia, Mel and I would be happy to host any of you. With gratitude, Jeff and Mel Miller
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lijoch wrote a review Jul 2019
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I went on a half-day trip through Rust's (which were great btw). Bear viewing disappointing. We saw one brown bear nicely. However, we knew there was a mother with cups around and instead of checking on their appearance, our guide chose to bring us to a wildlife-free lake and to read from his book. Once he was done telling stories he brought us back to the lodge on the early side. Turned out while we had to listen to him talking about himself, the other group saw the mother bear trying to catch salmon. Do not understand why guides from the same company do not communicate. Do not understand why the guide does not check the "bear hot spots". The main interest should be finding bears for the customers.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Kelly B, Owner at Redoubt Bay Lodge
Responded 20 Jul 2019
Thank you for your review. Steve Stringham has a Doctorate in bear behavior. Most people enjoy the short narrative from his book and his experiences with bears. It is people like Steve we owe the activity of "bear viewing" to- without their knowledge and experience the only human activity with bears would be to hunt them. Our guides do split up to get a better chance of seeing different bears in the area. There's only one spot in the lakes we tour that we have no radio communication due to the Black Peak mountains blocking that spot. He goes there at some point on the tour for the beauty of the lake along with loons that have a nest there, any bears eating a grass that grows there and an active beaver house. No one wants to see bears more than Steve. It is his life's passion. I am sorry you missed the mother and cubs in your tour. There are about 3 sets, and several single bears we can see daily in different areas of the lakes. We never know where and when they will walk down to eat salmon. Sounds like unfortunate timing and the book reading not for you. We understand and have adjusted the optional book reading time for those that want to hear his experience. I hope the rest of your vacation was what you anticipated. Alaska truly a spectacular State. Thank you for visiting us.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Redoubt Bay Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Redoubt Bay Lodge?
Nearby attractions include North Pennisula Recreation Center (3.7 km).
What food & drink options are available at Redoubt Bay Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Redoubt Bay Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop, Carla's North Road Cafe, and Tree House Restaurant.