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Kodiak Treks
Coral Cove, QLD Australia
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“Aussie Eileen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

Aussie Eileen's Adventure with Kodiak Treks

A float plane flew my husband, Keith, and I from the town of Kodiak to the other side of the island wilderness to Uyak Bay to stay at Harry's & Brigid's rustic lodgings. The scenery from the plane was beautiful and a wonderful start to the 3 days we were to spend with them observing wildlife and learning about Alaska's flora & fauna.
Harry & Brigid were our expert bear guides, Harry is a qualified Biologist and Brigid is a qualified Linguist with years of experience interacting with bears between them.
After settling into our cabin, Harry suggested a ride in his boat to go spotting wildlife on the water in the bay. We saw sea otters, seals, river otters and plenty of birds, especially the bald eagles. After a few hours we returned to base where upon Brigid led us on a short hike up the hillside where she then went through the safety instructions on how we were to behave while in bear country while trekking with them, clarifying why it was necessary and making sure we were safe.

Brigid ensured that we had layered, waterproof clothing and suggested we wear rubber boots as we could experience “4 seasons in one day” and the vegetation varied. Wearing waterproof pants and rubber boots was the go and very essential! Upon our return the welcome surprise of a sauna hut to use on our weary bones awaited us before dinner.
Dinner itself was outstanding, deer stew with freshly baked bread with a delicious dessert to follow. Brigid is a whiz in the kitchen and Harry is the assistant in the household.

The next morning, after a lovely breakfast, we set off on our trek, first down to the Bay by boat for a distance, and then we set down on a pebble beach and unpacked all of our camping gear. We set up our bush camp on the hill and then off we went on foot to spend a full day seeking out bears. We walked along the pebble beach, tramped through boggy tall grasses near the river/creek areas, climbed over logs, hid behind trees and laid down on the ground to avoid bears seeing us.
What a day! We observed numerous bears along the water ways fishing for salmon, fattening up on food before the winter sets in. Seeing a mother with her baby was a real highlight. Back ‘home’ at the camp site we sat around the camp fire exchanging stories and talking about our wonderful day. Off to sleep around 2200 hrs on our comfortable camp beds where we listened to the rain fall overnight.
We woke about 0730 hrs where we set about packing up our campsite and placing the gear into the boat after breakfast around the fire. The second day of the adventure just got better as we trekked off to explore the wilderness again.
We trekked from 0900 - 1800 hrs, seeing multiple bears including a mother with 2 cubs, also white tailed deer, a fox and beaver lodges. Lunch reminded me of home with a 'door stopper' sandwich and chips and chocolate. It was another spectacular day seeing each different bear interactions and activities.
I must say that by the last day of our trek, my body (especially my legs) were a little tired and needed rejuvenation with a sauna. We returned to our boat about 1830 hrs bound for our cabin home.
Brigid once again excelled herself with her culinary delights - a Mexican dinner which was delightful. The evening was topped off with a few beverages and many stories to be had, and then it was off to bed at 0200 hrs after a fine evening with good company.
The next day, after another delightful breakfast we packed up to go by boat to Larsen Bay to be taken by plane back to Kodiak where we said our goodbyes. It was sad to leave as we felt we had found kindred spirits with Brigid and Harry and enjoyed their friendship and knowledge of Kodiak Island and of course the 'stars': the bears.
On the flight back we spotted over 30 mountain goats hanging out of ledges on the mountains as the plane flew through the interior of the island, and more outstanding scenery to view as Kodiak Island is such a beautiful, diverse island.
Thank you Brigid and Harry for enriching and inspiring our life with these memories that we will always treasure. Please continue with your great work and keep healthy.
Best wishes,
Eileen
(62 year old, plump, walking Aussie wildlife lover).
PS: This trip isn't for the faint hearted, one needs to be in tune with nature and enjoy the outdoors and bush camping, but it is well worth it!

Room Tip: Remember you are in the wilderness, so don't expect 4 - star accommodation, just a basic cabin.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2012

We have spent five unforgettable days with Brigid and Harry Dodge in August 2012.

On the first two days Harry took us on a boat to observe the marine life: puffins, oystercatchers, Arctic terns, otters and seals are everywhere, and the only other people you see are occasional fishermen on the commercial boats. The main point, of course, is that not only you see the wildlife, you observe it for as long as you care, so you see otters leaping out of the water like dolphins, or oystercatchers trying to scare a pair of bald eagles away. Harry also does his best to give you the best chance for photographs, maneuvering his boat as close to the birds and animals as possible, and gives you as much time as you need to get (or miss) your shot. The Uyak Bay itself is very beautiful.

We have also stopped one day at the Larsen Bay Cannery for about an hour, one of the very few remaining canneries on the island outside of the town of Kodiak. It is well worth a visit, both for seeing the cannery and for the chairs and benches made by its manager.

The last three days were spent observing bears around the camp: bears looking for fish in the river, jumping around, resting after fishing, and chasing bald eagles in the bay. During the low tide dozens of them came to the bay for fishing, leaping, jumping on the fish, and coming to shore to eat fish sometimes about 15-20 yards away from us. Needless to say, this was quite an experience.

One can not omit mentioning Brigid's cooking and overall care. Homemade cookies appear out of nowhere, and fresh halibut sandwiches with homemade olive spread are standard lunch fare.

The only caveats are that before you go you should keep in mind that there is no running water at the lodge or camp, and only enough electricity from solar panels to recharge your batteries and laptops. The bears have no printed schedule so occasionally you just sit waiting, albeit in a very beautiful setting. And of course, it rains occasionally. It is Kodiak, after all.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Strasbourg, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

To see the bears in their natural environment and not in a zoo, far from a multitude of tourists while living a unique experience away from civilization and give it to fishing, walking, look no further, go with kodiak trek!!
It is the journey of life we ​​live is made Bridget and Harry Dodge in July 2010. An unforgettable experience burn forever. Totally confident, it was with real professional. We would have liked that time lasts longer. Thank you!!
Audrey et Jérôme from France

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

I am sorry it's taken this long to write this review. Note, our trip was August 2006, but Trip Advisor doesn't allow selecting a date going that that far. I think a review can still be helpful, since our memories of our stay are still very clear.
We have traveled to many special places and I realize when people ask "what's been the best?" that Kodiak Treks needs to be shared with others.
We spent 4 nights at Kodiak Treks several years ago and saw more than 60 bears during that time. It was a priviledge to see these magnificent creatures in a "low-impact" setting. We were told that we would have done well if the bears never knew we were there, so we did our best to remain quiet and hidden.
We never felt unsafe, although we were in the midst of very large predators (and their cubs!). Harry Dodge earned our trust by his experience and knowledge of Kodiak Bears (and he carried a rifle just in case!)
Accommodations were simple, small cabins, with an outhouse (ours had no door, but we were so far into the wilderness this was not a problem!). No electricity except in the main house where we had meals cooked by Brigid Dodge. Nights were cold, but the cabin was warm with propane heater (and heavy covers).
Although there are so many wonderful places to visit we rarely repeat a place, we have thought about going back to Kodiak Treks one day. In the meantime, if you want the best possible bear viewing experience in a natural, quiet setting, we highly recommend this for an unforgettable experience.

Room Tip: We liked our cabin, the "Honeymoon Cabin".
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2010

My stay at Kodiak Treks was an incredible adventure. The scenery is beautiful and the bear-viewing simply astonishing.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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St Augustine, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2008

We spent several days with Harry Dodge, Kodiak Treks, at his remote wilderness lodge for a bear viewing experience. We were not prepared for the magnificent, amazing and awesome creatures that we had the opportunity to encounter. We saw more bears than we could count along the beach of Uyak Bay feasting on salmon making their way to the spawning grounds. We were privileged to watch a sow with her 4 cubs - truely a rare occurence - interact at one location at the mouth of a creek. We watched many other bears, some closer than we even imagined we would be, in their own natural world. Camping out in bear country is not for the faint of heart! In addition to the bears, we were treated to watching sea birds of all kinds, bald eagles, Sitka black tailed deer, humpback whale, and seals. This was truly a trip of a lifetime!

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Property: Kodiak Treks
Address: 11754 S Russian Creek Rd, Kodiak Island, AK 99615-9319
Region: United States > Alaska > Kodiak Island
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Ranked #14 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Kodiak Island
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Number of rooms: 3

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