zzzzzAfter a restful night at Stillwaters Chalets, pack your lunch for the time of your life on a fly-in fishing and bear viewing experience between two active volcanoes, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Spur - standing over 10,000 feet tall from sea level. On the flight over you may have the opportunity of viewing whales, seals, moose, bear, swans and other wildlife that live in the area. Once you arrive at Big River Lake your guide will transport you into an 18 foot riverboat and your fishing and bear viewing trip begins. Your guide will provide fishing poles with spinning reels, the fishing tackle for Sockeye or Coho salmon, rain gear, hip boots and bug repellent if needed. If the weather permits and the fishing is good your group may request your guide to fire up the grill and cook a fresh salmon right on the banks of the ol' fishing hole. This is as good as it gets - fresh barbequed salmon! Yum! And while you're out there, you just may catch sight of beaver, otters, eagles, loons, ducks and many other birds and animals that call this their wilderness home.
zzzzzThis trip is offered any day from June 10 through August 31. The Sockeye (red salmon) may be caught through July, the Coho (silver salmon) starting July 20 and running through August 31. The bear may be viewed anytime from June 10 through August 31.

DATES: Bear-viewing is best between June 15th and August 25th. This is the season when there is an abundance of fish in the river for them to eat. Don't worry. You are in a boat with an experienced guide and your safety is their priority. Bring your camera and plan for a great trip!


Three bears


THE FLIGHT AND BOAT TRIP: Typically the plane will have 8 passengers, 2 guides and 1 pilot per flight. When you arrive at your destination the group is split in half and 4 passengers and 1 guide will take a boat. There are exceptions for this if there is a family or group that wants to stay together. The guide will then take you around the lake to the fishing and bear-viewing locations. For maximum safety you will be in the boat most of the day. Don't panic, there are bathroom breaks on shore when needed.


Tidewater Fish

FISHING: The Sockeye (red salmon) run generally starts in the middle of June up through July. If it is the challenging Coho (silver salmon) your are longing to hook, that run generally begins in mid-July running up to the end of August. Be prepared to see an abundance of fish.

Chow Line

LUNCH: Now here is something to shout about! There is nothing better then fresh salmon off the grill. Your guide is geared up to cook you a fresh salmon on the grill while you enjoy your day. Please note that this is not always possible due to weather or time constraints, so please do not depend on this for your lunch. Pack a good assortment of food and drinks to last you for the six-hour adventure.




Plane on Lake

TIMES: There are several flight times you may choose from for your Bear-viewing/Fishing trip. Choose from a 7am, 8:30am, 12pm or 1:30pm departure time, returning six hours later. These times are flexible and dependent on weather conditions. During your approximately 25 minute flight from Soldotna to your fishing area you will be flying over Cook Inlet and coastal areas where you may view bears, moose, volcanic mountains, glaciers and other wildlife from the plane.

Bears and Fish

BEAR VIEWING: This is the trip of a lifetime! View our Alaskan bruins up close - but from the safety of a boat with an experienced guide whose chief priority is your safety. The bears congregate on these streams during this short season because of their chief source of food - the thousands of salmon that are running up-river to their spawning grounds this time of the year. You will want a good camera for this trip!


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Silver Catch

BACK AT STILLWATERS CHALETS: After your return flight from a big day fishing and bear-viewing, you can look forward to a relaxing soak in Stillwaters jet-air Jacuzzi tub, upload your digital photos on the wireless computer, and send them to your loved ones back home who couldn't make the trip. Ahhhh....

Then, once you have relaxed, cook your own salmon on the deck grill overlooking the meadow below where occasional moose, bear and caribou wander through. This is all part of a great Alaskan vacation!