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Hallo Bay Bear Camp, Katmai National Park, USA - Alaska

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1Brown Bear (Grizzly)Ursus arctos horribilisApr-Sep1km
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3American MartenMartes americanaApr-Sep1km
4Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalusApr-Sep1km
5Snowshoe HareLepus americanusApr-Sep2-10km
6Sea OtterEnhydra lutrisApr-Sep1km
7Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicusApr-Sep2-10km
8Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusApr-Sep2-10km
9MooseAlces americanusApr-Sep2-10km
10Harbour Seal / Common SealPhoca vitulinaApr-Sep1km

Hallo Bay your eco-friendly wilderness camp

Hallo Bay is an eco-friendly wilderness camp located approximately 120 air miles southwest of Homer, Alaska on the wild and remote Pacific Coast of the Alaska Peninsula. The Alaska Peninsula is a part of an area called “The Ring of Fire” a volcanically active chain of volcanoes located on the leading edge of the Pacific Tectonic Plate.The Hallo Bay area has one of the most beautiful beaches and wildlife viewing areas in Alaska. The variety of bear viewing areas offer many different opportunities to observe Alaska’s coastal brown bears in their natural habitats. Big River and Clint’s Creek, which are located to the north and south of the Camp respectively, produce an excellent variety of seasonal salmon runs. The coastal tidal flats offer good clam digging and sweet sedge grass meadows for the feeding brown bears.

Our Camp
Hallo Bay Wilderness is designed to be a wildlife and Alaskan wilderness experience which offers a limited number of people the opportunity to walk amongst the giant brown bears. No one leaves without the feeling of a true wilderness experience and lives are touched by the memories made here. Established in 1994, Hallo Bay was designed to be a trend setting model of responsibility and low impact to this environment. Our guests observe the bears in their natural habitat. There are no viewing platforms or man-made trails at Hallo Bay. The total number of guests on any given day is 4-10. It is our experience that small groups are much less impacting than large groups of people on any wilderness outing. The smaller group size intimidates wildlife less and leaves a much less impacting footprint on the habitat.

Flight Access
Access from Homer is the most weather reliable and cost effective method of accessing Katmai. The bush plane flight from Homer offers one of the most scenic views of glaciers, volcanics and fabulous coastline.

Camp Design
Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp is made to create an acute awareness of the surrounding natural pristine beauty by being a part of the environment rather than focusing attention on luxurious accommodations which leads to isolation from the environment.

The bear observation out in the field is conducted under the direction of our professional naturalists whose primary duties include the safety of our guests and the continued preservation of this unique area and its magnificent wildlife. Along with our naturalists, the camp personnel play a very important role in preserving this wilderness area. Unlike other operations which utilize bear traumatizing rubber bullets and mace type sprays to discourage bears, Hallo Bay denies bears the opportunity to learn bad habits, but does not discourage their natural curiosity of their surroundings. Thus it is common to see bears by the safari camp, but in twenty years of operation we have never had a bear cause damage. Hallo Bay personnel utilize the experience and the vast knowledge gained by many years along with lots of common sense to co-exist with these bears in a peaceful and serene environment.

While Hallo Bay personnel do everything reasonably possible to maintain and protect this pristine wilderness area, we also need the understanding and cooperation of our guests in order to do it in a manner beneficial to the habitat and wildlife it contains.

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