The application deadline for lottery permits to visit Alaska’s premier brown bear viewing site at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary is fast approaching. Online applications must be submitted by midnight on March 1, and mailed applications must be received by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game by close of business on March 1.
Online applications and printable application forms are available at www.mcneilriver.adfg.alaska.gov through the “Permits” tab and “Viewing Permits” link, or by calling 907-267-2253.
A nonrefundable application fee of $25 per person is required. Applications are entered into a lottery and, if drawn, Alaska residents must pay a $150 permit fee and nonresidents $350.
Located 100 air miles west of Homer, the McNeil River hosts the world’s largest known gathering of brown bears; hundreds of people apply each year for permits to watch bears that are drawn to the river to feed on migrating salmon.