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McNeil River, Alaska 2012

Published February 7th, 2013

This summer July 18-21st I won one of the State of Alaska's permits to go visit McNeil River. It is referred to as the McNeil River Lottery apx 180 people a year win. After winning they "a group of 10" get to go for a block of 4 days to visit the falls to see what is the highest concentration of coastal brown bears in the world.

I entered around January 1st of 2012 this cost 25.00. Months later I got an exciting email saying that not only had I won but I had won the best dates a person could get. I had to pay 170.00 to confirm that I would be going.

I quickly found that there is not much information about going to McNeil on the internet. This is due to the fact that so few people can go a year.

I took a float plane out of Homer Alaska a day before my permit started. After arriving I had to set up my tent. The place is pretty rough it has a cook house so you can store your food and cook indoors and 2 outhouses and a sauna and thats about it.

The first day of my permit we hiked about 2 miles which seemed like 12 with all of my camera gear. We hadn't gotten half way there before we started seeing bears.

I had perfect weather during my days out on the pad watching the bears until the last day. Our group set the 2012 record for seeing the most bears at once. We were able to see 62 bears at once and I was able to take a photo with 44 bears in a single frame.

This place has bears everywhere it was amazing. You would have bears walk right in front of you within 5 feet frequently through out the day.

here are my pics enjoy and don't forget to sign up for the lottery by March 1st.

Good Luck

Coby

www.kissamoose.com

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irethGLune
ireth GLune  over 5 years ago

Amazing story and pics. Brown bears are so cutest...

AlexFleming
Alex Fleming  over 5 years ago

Thats an amazing story really liked it Well done :)

GarryMoore
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Garry Moore  over 5 years ago

What a awesome story and photos. Enjoyed very much.