Access to McNeil River Sanctuary and camp is generally by floatplane. Several commercial air taxis offer transportation to the sanctuary from Homer, Kenai/Soldotna, King Salmon and Anchorage. Floatplane access into the McNeil camp is limited by tides, weather, daylight and transporter availability. You should contact an air taxi operator to make reservations well in advance of your visit. Please refer to the list of authorized air taxis for information on outfitters authorized to fly into McNeil River. You must be at the sanctuary campground no later than 9 a.m. on any day for which you wish to use your permit. If you want to use all four days of your permit to view bears, generally you will need to arrive the day before your permit begins and depart the day after your permit ends. Just remember that your viewing permit is valid only on the dates specified and therefore you will be restricted to base camp outside those dates.
The following list provides information on air taxi operators who have obtained, or indicated they plan to obtain authorization from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to transport visitors to the sanctuary. This list should not be considered a recommendation of any particular operator. The Department of Fish and Game cannot endorse nor guarantee the service of the air taxi operators listed below. Nor should it be considered a complete list, other transporters may be available but will need to obtain an access authorization prior to flying into McNeil River SGS & SGR.
For information on rates and schedules contact these or other air taxi operators of your choice directly. Please remember that it is your responsibility to contact the air carriers and make your own flight arrangements. All arrangements made between the air taxi operators and permit holders do not involve the Department of Fish and Game.
Air Taxi Operator
Seat Fare (SF) or Charter (C)
Permitted to Access
Location of Aircraft
Type of Aircraft (Max passengers*)
Andrew Airways P.O. Box 1037 Kodiak, Alaska 99615 907-487-2566
McNeil River Cove / Camp Kamishak River
Cessna 206 (5) Beaver (6)
Beluga Air LLC P.O. Box 3662 Homer, AK 99603 (877) 621-8368 (907) 235-8256
Some air taxi operators offer seat fares to the sanctuary; otherwise you can charter the entire plane and split the cost with fellow permit holders, if you so choose. We will provide you the names and contact information of the other permit holders in your time block.
* The maximum number of passengers is restricted by the total weight of the aircraft's load (passengers plus gear).
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
P.O. Box 115526
1255 W. 8th Street
Juneau, AK 99811-5526