by Phil Corless
Unlike many remote wilderness lodges, the all-inclusive Redoubt Bay Lodge is perfect for large families. One of the three log cabins can sleep up to seven guests in two bedrooms. The entire property is perched above the stunning Big River Lakes, a chain of lakes whose waters lead to the Cook Inlet. You can enjoy the scenery from the big open deck of the main lodge, a refurbished historic hunting lodge which now contains a cozy lounge and open dining area. Three hearty gourmet meals are prepared by a trained chef, and lunch can be boxed up for you if you’re headed out on an excursion.
Redoubt Bay Lodge is only accessible by float plane. The lodge offers many customizable activity packages, including additional float plane tours to remote lakes and glaciers. You can take a kayak or canoe out onto the Big River Lakes to explore hidden coves and waterfalls or hike the Weasel Lake Trail to view a glacier. The lodge specializes in viewing brown bears, which are plentiful in the area. A trained naturalist guide leads daily hikes to see the bears in their natural habitat, from a safe distance of course. Kids will love fishing for Sockeye and Coho Salmon in the lake right in front of the lodge, with all equipment and guidance provided by lodge staff! With its exciting variety of activities, family-friendly cabins and amazing scenery, the Redoubt Bay Lodge is an outstanding choice for your family’s Alaska wilderness vacation.
Our Editor Loves
- Fishing in front of the lodge
- Hiking to a glacier
- Kayaking on the lake
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Meal Plan
by Paula R
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.
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