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McNeil River — State Game Sanctuary and Refuge
Getting There

Getting There

map with travel routes

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*)

Email/Web Addresses

Alaska's Northwind Aviation
P.O. Box 778
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 235-7482
(907) 299-9697

SF

McNeil River Camp

Homer

Otter (8)
Beaver (6)

scott@northwindak.com
www.northwindak.com

Beluga Air LLC
P.O. Box 3662
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 235-8256

C

McNeil River Camp

Homer

Beaver (4)
1200 # max

info@belugaair.com
www.facebook.com/BelugaAirLlc
www.belugaair.com

Branch River Air Service
P.O. Box 545
King Salmon, AK 99613
(907) 246-3437

C

McNeil River Camp

King Salmon

Cessna 206 (5)
Beaver (6)

bras@alaska.net
www.branchriverair.com

Island Air Service
1420 Airport Way
Kodiak, AK 99615
907-487-5000

C

McNeil River Camp Kamishak River

Kodiak

Cessna 206 (5)
Beaver (6)

floats@flyadq.com
www.flyadq.com

Kachemak Air Service
969 Lakeside Dr.
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 299-2699

SF

McNeil River Camp

Homer

Cessna 206 (3)

info@kachemakair.com
www.kachemakair.com

Katmai Air, Inc
4125 Aircraft Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502-519
(907) 246-3079 (summer)
or 1-800-544-0551 (all year)

C

McNeil River Camp
Kamishak River

King Salmon

Otter (10)
Cessna 206 (4)
Beaver (6)

KatmaiAir@bristoladventures.com
www.katmaiair.com

Kodiak Air Service
P.O. Box 8837
Kodiak, AK
(907) 654-9956
(907) 512-6380

C

McNeil River Camp

Kodiak

Beaver (6)

flykodiakair@gmail.com
www.kodiakairservice.com

Regal Air, Inc.
4506 Lakeshore Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502
(907) 243-8535

C

McNeil River Camp

Anchorage

Beaver (6)
206 (5)

info@regal-air.com
www.regal-air.com/

Sea Hawk Air, Inc.
P.O. Box 3561
Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 486-8282
1-800-770-4295

C

McNeil River Camp

Kodiak

Beaver (6)

info@seahawkair.com
www.seahawkair.com

K Bay Air, LLC
2282 Kachemak Dr.
Homer, AK 99603
(877) 522-9247
(907) 299-5229

SF

McNeil River Camp

Homer

Beaver (6)
Cessna 206 (3)

alaskabearadventures@gmail.com
www.alaskabearviewing.com