by Phil Corless
These idyllic log cabins are like something out of a fairy tale. Five of them are nestled in the trees between a tranquil pond and the babbling waters of Bear Creek. The largest cabin is ideal for a large family, with a queen bed, two twin beds and a queen futon. It also contains a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave. Each cabin has a private deck hanging over the pond, complete with BBQ grill and picnic table. Be warned, however, that most of the cabins do not have bathrooms, instead sharing a very clean and comfortable bath house. Rather than provide a free breakfast like most places, the lodge instead serves up a huge five-course buffet dinner, including fresh local seafood, steaks, pastas, salads, homemade soups, appetizers and desserts, all enjoyed in a casual atmosphere in the lodge’s Dinner House.
Bowman’s Bear Creek Lodge is located in the old gold-mining town of Hope, at the very top of the Kenai Peninsula. It’s a 90-mile drive from Anchorage in one direction and a 90-mile drive to the Kenai river basin in the other. The lodge itself has plenty of fun activities. Kids will love the paddle boats and canoes on the shallow pond, where they can also swim and splash while you relax on your deck. Older kids will want to take a thrilling whitewater rafting trip offered by the nearby Chugach Outdoor Center. Younger kids can pan for gold with a real life miner, Gold Rush Peck, a local legend who works out of a rustic tent next to the mining museum in downtown Peck. Everyone will love riding or biking on the Resurrection Pass Trail, a 70-mile path that runs through gorgeous scenery from Hope to Cooper’s Landing. There are three restaurants in Hope if you’re looking for breakfast or lunch, or you can find more options an hour’s drive away in either Seward or Whittier. With its idyllic pond, kid-friendly activities and hearty free dinner, Bowman’s Bear Creek Lodge makes for a great place to stay during your family vacation to Alaska.
Our Editor Loves
- Paddle boats on the pond
- Spacious log cabins
- Panning for gold with Gold Rush Peck
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
Following around Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet, we saw that this lodge is about the only place to stay near historic and run-down Hope. Consisting of eight small cabins, its facilities include two shared restroom/showers, the Dirty Skillet restaurant with patio and a small pond where the enthusiastic could paddle an SUP. Bear Creek runs along the property’s edge, and was hopping with spawning Humpy salmon in August. Borrowing a dip net laying alongside the creek, my husband quickly caught a big one, (which he immediately dumped back!) I heard that the lodge was under new ownership – the basic cabins may be called rustic without their own bathrooms but all are clean, have microwaves, wood-burning stoves and mini refrigerators. Staff were friendly, and it’s a quick ride to trailheads or a halibut/chowder dinner at the small historic town on the inlet.
The area is perfect for solo or family.
A creek runs thru the property and recommend a cabin by the creek.
There also a pond area where cabins are also located
Great food !
WiFi at the restaurant.
Bring a bike and hiking gear
Sone cabins lack shower or restrooms but they showered and bathroom for those units close.
Wood burning heaters
You are just down the street from downtown Hope but avoid crowds