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McNeil River
Camp-Standby Viewing Permit Dates

Time
Block
Letter
Time Block
Dates
Number
of Permits
Available
% winning
5-Yr. Average
by time block
Viewing Areas/Bear Activities
Tide Flats Sedge Flats Mikfik Creek McNeil River falls Lower McNeil River & Lagoon
AS June 9 – June 12 3 9 c V*
BS June 13 – June 16 3 7 c VM* FM*
CS June 17 – June 20 3 5 c VM* FM*
DS June 21 – June 24 3 4 c VM* FM*
ES June 25 – June 28 3 4 c VM* FM*
FS June 29 – July 2 3 4 c VM* FM*
GS July 3 – July 6 3 4 c Vm* Fm* Fm*
HS July 7 – July 10 3 3 c Vm Fm* Fm*
IS July 11 – July 14 3 3 c vm fm Fm*
JS July 15 – July 18 3 2 c vm fm Fm*
KS July 19 – July 22 3 2 c vm fm Fm*
LS July 23 – July 26 3 2 c vm fm Fm*
MS July 27 – July 30 3 3 c v f Fm*
NS July 31 – August 3 3 4 c Fm* f
OS August 4 – August 7 3 4 c Fm* F*
PS August 8 – August 11 3 6 c F* F*
QS August 12 – August 15 3 7 c f F*
RS August 16 – August 19 3 9 c f F*
SS August 20 – August 23 3 10 c f F*

C=clamming; M=Mating behaviour; F=Fishing; V=Foraging on Vegetation

Capital letter indicates behaviour common; small letter indicates behaviour less common.

* indicates pirmary areas visited during guided bear viewing tours.

Tide Considerations

Access to McNeil River Camp is generally limited to tide heights of 14.5 or higher during daylight and transporter hours of operation. The tables below represent problematic tide series and viewing periods for 2015, using a minimum access standard of a 14.5 ft. or greater tides occurring between 0800 and 2100. Your transporter, in coordination with McNeil staff, will determine flight availability depending on their equipment and operational constraints. Tide heights and times on some days during the time blocks noted below may require extending your stay by up to a day or two, arriving early or staying later. Please review the tables below and consider this information in your period selections and travel planning. Coordinate with your transporter and McNeil River staff to determine the best in and out dates. Additional days, are "in camp" days; bear viewing with the group is only approved for your permitted period.

2015 Standby — Tide Conflicts

Time Block Dates Description
DS

&

ES
June 21–24, 2015

&

June 25–28, 2015
Tides June 24–28, 2015 complicate access on normal arrival and departure days. Time block DS visitors will likely need to leave on June 23rd, one day earlier than normal.

Time block ES visitors may need to arrive as early as June 23rd, one day earlier than normal.
HS

&

IS
July 7–10, 2015

&

July 11–14, 2015
Tides July 9–11, 2015 complicate access on normal arrival and departure days. Time block HS visitors may need to leave on July 12th, one day later than normal.

Time block IS visitors may need to arrive as early as July 8th, two days earlier than normal.
LS

&

MS
July 23–26, 2015

&

July 27–30, 2015
Tides July 25–27, 2015 complicate access on normal arrival and departure days. Time block LS visitors may need to leave on July 28th, one day later than normal.

Time block MS visitors may need to arrive as early as July 24th, two days earlier than normal.
SS August 20–23, 2015 Tides August 23–25, 2015 complicate access on normal departure days. Time block SS visitors will likely need to leave on August 22nd, one day earlier than normal.