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July 31 - August 7, 2023 - Space Available - Contact us for rates

Join us in early August as we position our group to capture exciting images of giant Katmai brown bears feeding on a massive run of sockeye salmon.

Check out the article we did on Katmai Bears for Wild Planet Photo Magazine

2023 Rates:
Double Occupancy: $12,950
Single Occupancy: $13,950
Deposit: $1,000
Payment 2 - 1 Nov 22 - $5,000 (DO)
Final Payment - 1 Apr 23

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We are talking about a run of salmon that stretches for miles, coloring the streams red

"One of my all time most memorable trips!" Garry Ackerman

Bears come from throughout the region – trained by their mothers to converge on an area where the salmon run must pause as each fish sorts out which drainage to ascend for spawning.

 

 

All those bears, which are used to a solitary lifestyle, converging on a relatively small area results in some rather interesting interactions.  All good for photography.

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Bears are coming and going from the prime fishing areas all day long – jostling for position – dashing into salmon filled waters – or just calmly fishing. Mothers are teaching cubs to fish – and making sure they are eating a lot of salmon.

 

And, just when you think you have enough close-up images of bears fishing or sparring, we’ll change positions.  And everything will look different. We have even found ourselves with bears at every angle!  It was hard to know where to point the lens!

And, if we’re making good progress, and the salmon run active at Brooks Falls, we’ll take a day to fly down to the falls and photograph from both along and below the falls.  A whole new set of angles, bears, and fishing gymnastics!

We’ll base in a small family owned lodge on the shores of Lake Clark deep down inside Lake Clark National Park.  The only way in and out is by plane or boat.  The setting itself is stunning!  The food is great!

Every day we’ll board a set of float planes after breakfast and head out to find bears.  Where we go is determined by both the progress of that huge run of sockeye salmon – and the weather.

Most of our photography will take place in Katmai National Park.  Getting to the locations involves flying over beautiful and inspiring wilderness.  And you’ll want to photograph from the planes as we move about!

 

We have built in 5 full days of float plane based photography.  We didn’t want you to come that far and have a bad day with the camera, or encounter weather, and come back feeling like you didn’t accomplish your mission.  We’d rather you had so many good images that you couldn’t decide which ones to work first.

This is a rugged adventure.  You’ll spend your days wearing chest or hip waders.  You’ll pack your gear (cameras, lenses, tripods, etc.) from the float plane to wherever we set up for photography.  There could be a stiff wind.  It might mist or rain some of the time.  We’ll need to know you are up to that before you sign up!

Details

  • Adventure begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Price includes transfers to/from airports, flights between Anchorage and Lake Clark National Park, lodging for six nights at Lake Clark and 1 night in Anchorage, park admissions, all breakfasts, all dinners, all lunches except on August 1 and 7, five days of float plane outings to photograph bears.
  • Price does not include airfare to and from Anchorage, extra nights of lodging before or after the program, transfers to flights or hotels if you come early or stay later, travel insurance, personal expenses, tips and gratuities, drinks

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