Bear Paw Adventure is located on 14+ acres of land, approximately one mile north of Anchor Point. This is the first use of the property since the original homestead, and except for construction of the log buildings, few changes have been made to the property. Evidence of the homestead is still visible.
Whatever adventures may be planned for an Alaska vacation, a stay in the Wise Old Hunter Lodge, the Bear Den Vacation Home, the Anchor Point Captain Cook Lodge or the Moose Cabin at Bear Paw Adventure will go down as one of the highlights of the trip. These buildings are unique log structures, made by the Bear Paw family from beetle-killed spruce trees, and constructed using a Swedish, full scribe method that produces tight, wood-to-wood, chink-less joints. The buildings are nonsmoking.
The Wise Old Hunter Lodge, Bear Den Vacation Home, Captain Cook Lodge and Moose Cabin are located on Camai Road, a short gravel road that connects with the Sterling Highway at Mile Post 155, about one mile north of Anchor Point on the Alaska Kenai Peninsula. The buildings are located in the spruce trees and wildflowers on the east side of the Sterling. This is a private, secure, natural, and quiet area that has been left as undisturbed as possible so that guests can enjoy a true sample of Alaskan nature. Across the Sterling on the west side is the bluff that overlooks Cook Inlet, and a view of four active volcanoes.
Entrance to Wise Old Hunter Lodge and Moose Cabin is gained from the parking areas via covered, raised walkways with hand-made log handrails and log posts. A cross walkway connects the Lodge with the Cabin and it is a great convenience for large parties who occupy both buildings. Heating is provided in all four buildings by energy-efficient oil-fired heaters.
Guests can enjoy playing horseshoes, badminton and volley ball on the property and picnic tables are also available.
When entering the Wise Old Hunter lodge, guests step first into an entry room that doubles as a bedroom. By day, the window blinds can be open, making this a bright room surrounded by the spruce trees, and creating the feeling of being one with nature. In the evening, the blinds can be drawn and this room can be closed off from the rest of the building, resulting in a very private, quiet sleeping area. This front room features a queen size log bed with an incredibly comfortable mattress. The other end of the big front room has a trundle bed that can be made up into two twin beds or a double bed and this is normally used only when the Lodge is occupied to capacity (9 or 10 guests).
A short entry hallway connects the front room with the main building at the Wise Old Hunter Lodge. The laundry room is connected to this entry hallway. Interesting Alaskan first-day-of-issue stamps with framed commemorative drawings issued by the USPS are displayed on the entry walls.
One of the first features guest will see from the entry hallway is a one-of-a-kind spiral stairway, made entirely of logs, with a large vertical center post supporting treads that spiral around it and lead to the loft, and with and a twisted log handrail that connects the tops of the log spindles along the outside of the stairs. Guests often ponder how this stairway was made.
Look up from the carpeted floor in the main room of the Lodge and other notable features come in to view, including full body mounts of a caribou, Dahl sheep, lynx, and wolverine; and a neck mount of the family's first trophy bull moose (Big Bull) taken in the Alaska Interior in 1987, the trophies positioned high in the room that has an open ceiling, reaching to 28 feet in the center. Family art work is displayed on the lodge walls, including watercolors of the grandchildren and a Giclee print of a watercolor based on a bald eagle photo taken along the Anchor River beach road.
A large hexagon window high on the south wall lets in lots of light and offers views of the trees and the mountains across Kachemak Bay. A hand-cut, nearly life-size wood veneer inlay of a big bull moose covers one section of one of the main room walls.
The main room of the Lodge includes a large dining table with intended seating for 8, although additional chairs can be added to seat 10. Guest can relax on the couch and watch satellite TV or DVDs. These appliances are organized on a hand-made log entertainment center, which also includes a supply of magazines and books, including some writings by the Wise Old Hunter that relate events of hunting and other trips in Alaska, dating back to 1986.
A small work desk in the main room can be used for those who want to stay in touch with technology during their visit, and includes phone, lamp, and surge-protected power strip for your computer. Wireless internet service is provided free. The desk chair is handmade from beaver sticks (willow branches with the bark gnawed off by beavers as food for a coming winter) collected from the Interior rivers during moose hunts; and the seat is covered with a beaver belt from a pond near the Wise Old Hunter Lodge.
The full, bright kitchen is equipped with just about everything you might wish for, including full-size refrigerator/freezer, glass cook top, convection oven, microwave oven, double sink, coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster, electric can opener, waffle maker and mixer. The cabinets include dishes, glasses, cups, bowls, silverware, measuring cups & spoons, pots, pans, mixing bowls, frying pans, spatulas, and strainers, along with a supply of paper towels, paper cups & plates, aluminum foil, plastic wrap and bags. There are also supplies of coffee, teas, dish detergent, salt, pepper, garlic and a variety of other spices, sugars, flour, corn meal, cooking oil, vinegar, pancake mix, etc. The refrigerator is usually loaded with mustard, ketchup, salad dressing and other condiments and a minimal supply of popcorn and canned food items can be found in the cabinets. This kitchen has everything you will need to prepare your own meals or you can just make coffee there and eat out at the local restaurants.
A small downstairs bedroom has two twin beds with lots of room for clothes in the built in cabinets and in the handmade, log chest of drawers. The main bath at the Wise Old Hunter Lodge is on the first floor and includes a bathtub with shower that is equipped with body wash and shampoo dispensers.
Climbing to the top of the spiral staircase, guests will find four twin beds, a half bath, and lots of room for clothes in the handmade log chest of drawers, the closet, the built in cabinet and the cabinets in the half bath.
The south porch of the Wise Old Hunter Lodge is equipped with log furniture and is a great place to soak up some sun. Take a few steps down from the porch and you're on a big open deck (24 feet by 24 feet) that has a covered BBQ area with a large split-log bar. Guests can relax at the bar and have a drink while sitting on the log barstools and tending the BBQ. A glass top table and chairs on the deck offer a good place to eat outdoors with nature. Both the deck and the porch are surrounded by hand-made log handrails and posts.
Guests open the handmade door to Moose Cabin using a large, dropped moose antler. Like the Wise Old Hunter, the entry room of the Moose Cabin serves as a sleeping area, this one with two twin beds. There is also a small work desk in this area that has a desk lamp and surge-protected power strip. Wireless internet service is provided free. The entry room is a long, narrow room with log inside and exterior walls. The outside wall is filled with windows that let in lots of light but that are equipped with blinds that can be closed off for privacy and to shut out the mid-night sun.
Around the corner from the entry room, guests will find a bright sun room with a dining table that comfortably seats four or five. A back door leads to an open deck, equipped with lawn furniture and a gas BBQ grill, and protected by log handrails and posts. Moose are frequently seen from the deck and from the sun room, especially in the late evening hours.
A large set of moose antlers hangs over the doorway that leads from the dining area to the main part of the Moose Cabin. The main room of the cabin has an entertainment center, including satellite TV, DVD & CD player. Guests can relax on the padded, handmade log furniture or sit back on the leather recliner chair and couch and watch their favorite TV shows. The cabinets are stocked with kitchen equipment and supplies, similar to those in the Wise Old Hunter Lodge, and the dinnerware features a moose pattern - what else?
The second sleeping area in Moose Cabin is a small bedroom with two twin beds that is closed off from the main room by a sliding door. The bathroom is on the other end of the buildings and has a shower bath. Guest can store their clothes and gear in the cabinets and built in chests. A temporary bed can be added for a fifth guest.
Bear Den was built in 1995 from local spruce trees. It was first used by fishing customers of Bear Paw Charters and later used as the home of the Bear Paw family. Several additions have been made to the original structure and it was returned to service after renovation in 2010, as a vacation rental.
The Bear Den has 2180 sq ft living space plus a large open BBQ deck. It is a 2-story building. Guests gain access to the Bear Den's entry porch from a front deck that is positioned immediately in front of the parking area. The entry room is the place to kick off your shoes and hang up your coat and hat - and it even has an upright piano for those who want to entertain their fellow travelers. The entry room also has a futon bed.
From the entry porch, guests proceed to the dining room, breakfast bar and kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with everything needed for meal and snack preparation. There are lots of supplies and a wide variety of spices. The Bear Den's big family room is one step down from the main floor. The bright, sun-lit family room includes a log entertainment center with satellite TV and DVD/CD player, leather recliner couch and chair, an over-stuffed couch, foosball table and a handmade oak desk.
Adjoining the family room is a large Green Room with a sun roof that provides solar heating for the entire building. The Jacuzzi tub in the Green Room is a great place to relax and soak up the heat after a hard day of fishing or other exciting Alaskan adventures. The Green Room also has a day bed that sleeps one or two guests.
Bear Den has a laundry room, storage room, and a workroom with space for three computer work stations. Free wireless internet is provided.
The second floor to the Bear Den has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the second with four twin beds.
Bear Den has a half-bath on the first floor and a shower bath on the second floor.