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McNeil River State Game Sanctuary

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Shhhhhhhhhhh

Please don't tell anyone about this special place. If you love bears or wildlife this is one of if... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
wildlifeship
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Chicago
Close encounters of the Bear kind

We got our permits and headed here. In addition to your food make sure you bring toilet paper and... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2015
JimR682
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Jaffrey
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9 Jul 2017
“Shhhhhhhhhhh”
20 Jul 2015
“Close encounters of the Bear kind”
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The most popular area for viewing bears in Alaska.
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North End of Alaska Peninsula, AK
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

Please don't tell anyone about this special place. If you love bears or wildlife this is one of if not the greatest place on earth to experience both. You have to win a permit then pay high flight fees and camp in a tent with...More

7  Thank wildlifeship
Reviewed 21 July 2015

We got our permits and headed here. In addition to your food make sure you bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer as there is none here. The cook shack has a couple tables with enough room for everyone to eat and socialize. There are several...More

10  Thank JimR682
Reviewed 17 August 2013

The experience at McNeil was life changing. My husband and I applied via the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game in early 2013 for summer of 2013 permits. Initially, we were not chosen, but after the first round of permit winners had the option to...More

16  Thank Kate L
Reviewed 30 June 2013

Unforgettable experience for 3 people at a time. You have to win the Alaska fish and game lottery to be allowed access. Chartering a plane, which is required, costs around $2000.00 from Homer. There is no escaping the high cost, but if you don't mind...More

5  Thank Leoleoleoleo
Reviewed 21 April 2013

I have been and seem wildlife all over the world and McNeil River is at the top with the Gorilla in Uganda. We had a mother and cubs nursing within 10 feet of us. It is hard to get to and weather is not that...More

9  Thank wildlifeship
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