About Bear Paw Adventure Lodging
Bear Paw Adventure is a unique Alaskan lodging and adventure service, located on the west side of the Alaska Kenai Peninsula near historic Anchor Point. This area is well known for scenic beauty, great fishing and for exciting Alaskan outdoor adventures. BPA is a family business owned and operated by John Ogle, Sr. and by John Ogle, Jr. who lives on site year round.
John, Jr., with the help of others, built the Bear Den, Wise Old Hunter Lodge, Moose Cabin and the Anchor Point Captain Cook Lodge as well as the other buildings on the site, using beetle-killed trees from the property or from nearby lands. These buildings are considered unique, even for this picturesque Alaska location, because of the handcrafted, full-scribe construction, Alaskan furnishings including full-body big game mounts, and the extent to which the buildings are furnished and stocked with supplies.
The buildings are set among the spruce trees, alders and wildflowers on a 14-acre homestead property that has been kept as natural as practical. Guests that stay with Bear Paw not only enjoy comfortable lodging, they also continue to experience the wonders of Alaska while at the lodge or cabin, enjoying the décor, wildlife, and natural wonder of the site.
Bear Paw Adventure has been offering lodging service under the same ownership at this location since 1995, although in the early days this family business was known as Bear Paw Charters.
Bear Paw Adventure’s mission is to provide the very best Alaska experience for our guests.
Meet the Innkeepers
John Ogle, Jr. will be your host when you stay in one of our unique log buildings built by John himself. John has lived in Alaska since 1986 and has 5 children. He is a carpenter, log furniture and log cabin builder, and a retired commercial fisherman and sports fishing guide. His hobbies include all Alaskan outdoor adventures including gold prospecting and gardening. He also enjoys sailing in Florida and the Bahamas in the winter months. John has hunted and fished much of Alaska and is a valuable resource for guests seeking advice about fishing or what to see in Alaska.
John Ogle, Sr. is your reservations and pre-check in information contact. John enjoyed working as a professional engineer in the Chemical Industry, primarily in Hydrocarbons and Energy production and on Environmental projects before joining John Jr. in this exciting Alaskan adventure. His hobbies include the Alaska outdoor adventures, photography and gardening.
John (Leo) Ogle is the onsite jack of all trades. Upon graduating high school, Leo decided he wanted to take on the legacy of the family business. Since then he has lived onsite and has worked as host, cabin maintenance, carpenter, and more! Leo is an avid fisherman and enjoys clamming and shrimping when he has the opportunity.
Sophie Wettach-Ogle is one of Bear Paw's Wedding Day Of Coordinators and she also works behind the scenes with Bear Paw completing administrative tasks. Growing up on the Bear Paw property, she has gone on to college, traveled the world, and became an accomplished pediatric nurse living in Oregon. Sophie enjoys exploring the beautiful scenery in Alaska through hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking.
Corinne (Ogle) Henderson is also providing services as a Day Of Wedding Coordinator and she also provides administrative services for the Bear Paw operation. Corinne has received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is currently teaching high school agriculture and welding in Alaska. During the summer Corinne sometimes works as a Bear Paw Adventure guide - accompanying guests on their adventures as a local expert. Corinne’s favorite Alaskan adventures include hiking, fishing, visiting unique Alaskan locations such as glaciers, and berry picking.
Anchor Point History
In late May 1778, one of the greatest explorers of all time, Captain James Cook, sailed the ship HMS Resolution into what is now Cook Inlet. Captain Cook was on a mission for England, attempting to find a northwest passage that would connect the Pacific to the Atlantic. On May 27, 1778, noting a deep bay (Kachemak Bay) to starboard, Cook sighted on the east a rounded coastline of what he initially thought to be an island in the middle of the Inlet. He anchored there for the night.
After getting under sail the next day, he found the hard flowing outgoing tide was pushing the Resolution to the south. He dropped a large kedge anchor to stop that course. But the current proved to be too strong and the anchor line parted, leaving the anchor on the bottom of the Inlet where it remains today. Cook named the rounded point on the east shore “Anchor Point” - a name that is still used today and that is the basis for the name of the nearby community and location of Bear Paw Adventure.