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    Default Best place to view bear/what to do on Kenai?

    We are heading up to the Kenai for first trip to Alaska in a few weeks. We have one day in the beginning of the trip which we are driving from Anchorage down to Soldotna, and one and a half days off after fishing before we leave. Where would be some of the best places to go for wildlife viewing, specifically bear? Reading online there are so many options on tours, some of which would cost more than this entire trip! Also, any other recommendations for things to do in the area while we are not fishing? Any specific restaurant to hit, hikes, tours? We are open to about anything right now, just looking to see what people who have been there/live there recommend. Thanks!

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    There's a few outfits out of Homer that offer bear viewing excursions, by boat or plane:

    http://www.hallobay.com/

    http://www.baldmountainair.com/

    Possibly some operations out of Kenai as well, not sure.
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    If you want to view bears without paying for a tour, your best bet would be to walk up to the Russian River falls viewing deck (3 mile one-way hike), and then back downstream along the river. After June 11th there is a decent - not great - chance of seeing bears along the river. If you do walk back downstream along the river (as opposed to the falls trail), be sure to have good footwear as the footing can be narrow and slippery at points. If you really, really want to see bears and have the money to do so, the trips out of Homer that are cited above are the way to go.

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    Eat at Jersey Subs!

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    We enjoyed the drive out to Skilak Lake.

    http://skilaklake.com/
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    I dont know why but we saw lots of bears while we were fishing on the Russian. Dont know if it had anything to do with frying bacon in the RV each morning before we waded out into the river.

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    If you want to see bears on the KP your best bet is is the Russian river. Just be advised when you arrive in Anchorage you'll notice a 10 foot tall chain link fence around the airport. The fence isn't for airport security....... once you leave it your in the food chain! Don't do anything stupid around the bears, they are not tame, they are not cute and cuddly.
    If you head to Seward check out the Sea Life center! great displays of sea birds and mammals. If you head down to Homer check out the Islands and Ocean visitors center. Both are great places to kill a dreary rainy afternoon in.
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    Exit Glacier on the way to Seward is an easy hike and well worth seeing. Not at its prime right now because its probably still got some snow on it but cool anyway. There is also a difficult route that will take you up onto the Harding ice field if your up for a big hike.

    I'd agree the Russian is your best bet at walk in bear viewing although with no salmon in the river its a lot less likely you'll see one. Nice hike anyway.

    I would DEFINATELY go do the Seward area, particularly the Sea Life Center, its neat!

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    went to seward a couple weeks ago and would definately recommend eating at rays. nice restraunt on the waterfront.

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    I am posting a few older posts here that may stimulate some thought for you....






    If renting a raft and floating the Upper Kenai, get a raft or drift boat from Max at Alaska Canoe and Campground. Great guy and he will hook you up. He is conveniently located as well and has top shelf gear. If you go this route, keep in mind nearly no rental trucks and such have a hitch on the back for pulling a trailer. The exception is renting a truck from ABC RV rentals in Anchorage.

    The Kenai has much to offer and you could spend several weeks exploring it and only skim the surface. There are numerous walk in and hike in trips, lakes, etc.. on the Kenai as well. Lots of campgrounds. The RV has it's place, but I would personally rent a truck from Enterprise at the airport and tent camp my way around. Much cheaper and you are not going to Alaska to use a miniature coffee pot, right? You are going to fish.

    Immerse yourself in it, hike 2-3 miles to some remote lakes and get into some grayling. Drink a few cold ones, then head back to the truck. Or reserve one of the many USFS cabins that are on many of these lakes. Have Scenic Mountain Air fly you to one of the lakes and stay in the cabin that night. Cook some steaks on the fire. Take a guided drift boat float on the Upper Kenai for rainbows and dollies with Troutfitter's of Cooper Landing (fly shop and guide service). Take a half day halibut trip out of Seward with Puffin Charters, then ship your fish home. Make the lovely drive down to Homer one day.

    http://www.alaskacanoetrips.com/

    http://scenicmountainair.com/fly-in-fishing/

    http://aktroutfitters.com/

    http://www.puffincharters.com/


    Buy this book here on the forum store or on Amazon. It tells you where to fish. Has like 100+ maps with very specific directions. Especially valuable if you are on the road system and are very mobile as you seem to have planned.






    A few images I got on the Kenai...















    -Dan

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    Below is some info I recently put on the fishing forum. Some will be helpful to you. We were on the Kenai for a Thur to Sun trip in the end of May last year. Trying to get a quick Alaska fix. Just a great place for a camera. A must do is the "Captains Choice" tour with Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward. It caters to photographers and uses a smaller boat to get you close to wildlife. I will be doing this again for sure. Lots of places on the Kenai for great photographs. If time allows, drive all the way to Seward, then back around to Homer. Ninilchik and Clam Gulch near Homer are some great photo ops. Also, the Cooper Landing area. Nice mountain views and what not. So much there. PM me with some specific questions. Happy to help in any way that I can.


    I have fished on the Kenai Penninsula and can recommend Puffin Charters in Seward for halibut. I had a great trip with them. If in the Seward area, consider getting up to Troutfitters in Cooper Landing and having them take you out on the Upper Kenai one day. This could be a very good day of fishing. They are top notch and have a website with lots of info. http://aktroutfitters.com/ Which reminds me, as you are heading south out of Anchorage, you will go by a small town, Girdwood. If time permits, stop by a restaurant called Chair 5 and have a halibut sandwich or burger. Nice microbrews too. Cool spot for lunch. http://www.chairfive.com/

    If time alllows, take a one day site seeing cruise along the fjords near Seward with Kenai Fjords Tours. Did this twice and the second time (last May) we went on the "Captains Choice Tour". It was a smaller boat than the others and got close to wildlife. We saw all kinds of wildlife. Something you and your family would never forget. I will be doing this trip again myself. Below is a link to some images from that trip. All the wildlife and glacier images were from that day cruise. Awesome trip.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2114408...95387576/show/

    While in Seward, be sure to check out the Sealife Center. Very cool and educational for the kids too. By the small boat harbor there is a restaruant with windows overlooking the boat harbor. Got the best crab legs I ever ate there. On the way down to Seward from Anchorage, near Portgage, you will see on the right side of the road a wildlife refuge. Bears, moose, eagles, elk, etc.. can be seen there. Drive through, pay like $5 or something and spend 30 minutes checking out the animals.

    Also, near Seward, check out Exit Glacier. You can walk right up to it. Maybe a 1/4 mile hike to it from the parking lot. And if dog mushing is of interest, Mitch Seavey (former Iditarod champ) has the Iditaride in Seward. Check out his website. You can go there and see the kennel of 50-60 dogs and a take buggy ride pulled by the dogs. Neat stuff for anyone wanting to learn more about mushing.

    Lots to see and do in the area. I am sure you will have a great trip. Take extra memory cards and/or a storage device. Below are a few I got on the Kenai last May. Beautiful place.






















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    Here are a few wildlife images from that trip...





















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