The bear viewing is excellent in and around Larsen Bay. Although visitors frequently spot a brown bears strolling the beach in front of the small village in early summer, a more popular viewing site is Frazer Lake, reached by a 25-minute flight in a float plane. Once on the lake visitors are guided to Frazer River, where from a bear watching platform they observe and photograph bears fishing for salmon.
Larsen Bay is home to a handful of fishing lodges that offer fly-in packages that include lodging, meals and charter fishing adventures or other activities such as bear viewing.
Uyak Bay's calm, sheltered waters offer pristine scenery in a protective environment, making it ideal for kayakers. Paddlers not only experience the shoreline scenery but often enjoy views of marine wildlife from the seat of their boat, ranging from whales and sea otters to puffins and other seabirds. Most lodges in Larsen Bay either have kayaks for guests to use or available for rent.
Uyak Bay is the center for most anglers in Larsen Bay. The long fjord that almost bisects Kodiak Island is home to all five species of Pacific salmon as well as halibut and ling-cod. The silver salmon run is one of the best in Alaska with the fish first appearing in August and peaking in September.
Stream anglers also gather at Larsen Bay for an opportunity to fish nearby Karluk River. The 22-mile river is famous for its salmon and steelhead runs, especially among fly anglers. The Karluk's shallow depths make it easy to sight-cast a fly to salmon and steelhead in knee-deep water.
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