Apply now, the deadline draws near.
The McNeil bear viewing season runs from mid-June through late August. Applications must be postmarked by March 1.
You may also apply for “standby” slots in April. Lottery fees are $20 per person, and lottery winners will pay an additional $250 user fee. Successful applicants will spend 4 days camping at McNeil River. There is a campground area where visitors sleep (bring your own tent, food and gear) and a cook shed for food preparation and storage. Click here to apply for a permit. http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/