“We will strive to protect and preserve this beautiful and wildlife rich wilderness area we are entrusted with. Thus armed with the tools of education and knowledge we will venture into the realm of the Great Bear, what was and what must continue to be, surely, one of the last great cornerstones of this planet.”
Designer of Hallo Bay Camp
Hallo Bay Wilderness is designed to be a wildlife and Alaskan wilderness experience which offers a limited number of people the opportunity to walk amongst the giant brown bears. No one leaves without the feeling of a true wilderness experience and lives are touched by the memories made here. Established in 1994, Hallo Bay was designed to be a trend setting model of responsibility and low impact to this environment. Our guests observe the bears in their natural habitat. There are no viewing platforms or man-made trails at Hallo Bay. The total number of guests on any given day is 4-10. It is our experience that small groups are much less impacting than large groups of people on any wilderness outing. The smaller group size intimidates wildlife less and leaves a much less impacting footprint on the habitat.
The bear observation out in the field is conducted under the direction of our professional naturalists whose primary duties include the safety of our guests and the continued preservation of this unique area and its magnificent wildlife. Along with our naturalists, the camp personnel play a very important role in preserving this wilderness area. Unlike other operations which utilize bear traumatizing rubber bullets and mace type sprays to discourage bears, Hallo Bay denies bears the opportunity to learn bad habits, but does not discourage their natural curiosity of their surroundings. Thus it is common to see bears by the safari camp, but in twenty years of operation we have never had a bear cause damage. Hallo Bay personnel utilize the experience and the vast knowledge gained by many years along with lots of common sense to co-exist with these bears in a peaceful and serene environment.
While Hallo Bay personnel do everything reasonably possible to maintain and protect this pristine wilderness area, we also need the understanding and cooperation of our guests in order to do it in a manner beneficial to the habitat and wildlife it contains.
One may or may not get the best photo or wildlife viewing, but I guarantee you will come away with a wealth of knowledge and knowing both you and your naturalist guide will have conducted themselves in a commendable manner without reproach in doing your part to insure the future of this fragile wilderness and the precious wildlife it contains. There are visitors and guides who do not adhere to such policy, please do not be one of those people. Lets all do our part to preserve these special places and their wildlife so future generations of Park visitors can enjoy the pleasure our visit provided to us.
How We Operate In your National Parks and Alaska Public Lands
What We Do:
We maintain the required Commercial Use Permit from the NPS to guide you.
We carry the required Liability Insurance required by the NPS under that permit.
We pay a commercial user fee to the National Parks on a per guest per day basis.
We go to great lengths never to displace or disrupt the natural activity of wildlife.
We try to keep our aircraft access and noise to the Park non-disruptive to other Park visitors.
We document and report all illegal and unscrupulous actives we observe.
We ask that visitors to Parks and Alaska lands please report wildlife and use violations.
We work with local and State government to protect Alaska’s precious waters, lands and wildlife.
What We Do Not Do:
We Do Not knowingly infringe on the space of other National Park visitors in the areas we may operate.
We Do Not bait wildlife or utilize “scent” cameras.
We Do Not over-fly the National Park lands at an altitude under 1500 feet as required by law.
We Do Not knowingly displace wildlife from their natural activities.
We Do Not over-fly wildlife or natural wonders within the Parks at low altitude for thrill seekers.
We Do Not place a higher value on obtaining the photo than the well being of the wildlife subject.
We Do Not trample upon the fragile grasses in the sedge meadows the bears depend upon for food.
We Do Not and will not allow our bush plane to transport our guests in illegal IFR (Instrument Flight).
We Do Not risk the lives of our guests by transporting them in poor visibility weather conditions.