|Starts||Jun 25th 2023|
|Ends||Jun 30th 2023|
|Leader||Steve Gettle & Nicole Sudduth|
|Participants||6 (1 Spot left for a male)|
There is a reason why Lake Clark National Park is one of the most sought after destinations to photograph the majestic Alaskan Brown Bear and it begins with the incredible density of bears that call this great place home. Filled with sedge marshes and wonderful clamming flats, it is the place where bears come to gorge after their winter slumber. Unlike a lot of lodges in this area, at our location, you will not be tied to a viewing platform. Instead, you will spend your time on the ground with the bears in their world, enjoying and photographing their many behaviors. During our tour, if conditions are good, we will take a boat ride out to a special island where we may have opportunities to photograph sea otters, puffins and more.
We will stay at two hotels/lodges during this tour. We will begin at a hotel in Anchorage that simply serves as our landing spot.
From here, we will be transported via small plane to Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, one of the most iconic lodges in the area and situated within Lake Clark National Park. This will be our base for our entire time while photographing the bears. This lodge is wonderfully appointed, provides fantastic service and serves delicious food.
Each day in Lake Clark, we will go out via ATV with our experienced bear guide as we photograph and enjoy the bears and other wildlife that we encounter!
We have limited this tour to a very small group of just six clients.
Here is a trip video we created about our scouting trip to this great location:
Sunday, June 25 – Travel Day and arrival at our hotel
Fly in to Anchorage International Airport and either take a taxi or airport shuttle to our hotel (located 2 miles from the airport)
Monday, June 26 – Arrive at Lake Clark and Start Photographing Bears!
This morning, we will take a one hour flight in a small plane to Lake Clark. Be sure to have a small camera handy as the views from the air are stunning!! Upon landing on the beach, we will be transported to the lodge, pull out our gear and head into the field to start photographing bears. We will return to the lodge for lunch and spend the rest of the day out in the field with the bears. After dinner, you will have the option of going out to spend more time with the bears.
Tuesday, June 27, Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29 -Full Days Photographing
Each day, we will enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the lodge and then head out via our ATV chariots. We will spend the morning photographing bears as the forage and clam, play and interact. We will return to the lodge for lunch and head back out for more bear photography until dinner. After dinner, you will have the option to go back out for more bear encounters.
Friday, June 30 – Return to Anchorage
Following breakfast, we will board our plane and return to Anchorage. We will be dropped off at the airport for our flights home. Please schedule flights for 6:00pm or later.