A trip to Chinitna Bay on Lake Clark's Cook Inlet coast offers a unique experience in the heart of coastal brown bear country. This page provides the information you need to plan your trip.
Getting to Chinitna Bay
Flying to Chinitna Bay
Click the link above to see a list of all the air taxis that are permitted to operate in the park. Prices depend on group size, type of airplane, length of flight, and where the flight originates. Contact each air taxi operator directly to determine availability and the cost for your trip.
Taking a Boat to Chinitna Bay
Navigating the Tides in Chintina Bay
Getting Around Chinitna Bay
Travel between bear viewing sites at Chinitna Bay is most commonly by foot, though some area lodges may offer vehicular transportation along the beach to their guests. Be prepared to walk through sandy terrain a few hundred yards from the beach where your plane lands to the nearest bear viewing site. You may walk two or more miles back and forth between sites on the salt marsh and/or those in the tidal flats in search of bears.
Things to Do at Chinitna Bay
Brown Bear Viewing
Many bears head to the rivers at the head of the bay when salmon begin to run in late summer. It can be more difficult to watch bears fishing in Chinitna Bay than eating sedges or clamming because of the patchwork of private property at the head of the bay and the reduced number of safe landing areas for small planes. Trespassing on private property is not allowed (see the map above.)
Camping, Backpacking, and Hiking
Fishing and Clam Digging
Lodging and Guided Trips
Click the link above to see a list of all the companies that are permitted to operate in the park. Contact each company directly to determine the cost for your trip.
Staying Safe at Chinitna Bay
Bear Viewing Best Practices
In Addition to All Other Park Rules and Regulations
View Photos of Chinitna Bay
Last updated: January 16, 2018