Alaska Brown Bears in Katmai with Rick Sammon and Kevin Dooley July 2019
7400.00 per person Please call 505-345-6322
Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.
What You’ll Learn from Rick
Arrive Anchorage July 20th. Overnight. Flight to King Salmon Float plane to lodge on July 21st to July 28th.
Hotels and flights at additional expense.
Call to reserve 505-345-6322 or 505-401-2988.
Bear Viewing in Katmai :
A wildlife photographers dream trip, fishing bears, stunning scenery, and the very best bear guides. With the highest population of brown bears in the world, the Katmai National Park is one of the most prized destinations for wildlife viewing in Alaska. Particularly for seeing large brown bears feeding on fresh run salmon. This lodge has been operating in Alaska for over 25 years and have a clean safety record. Our well-seasoned and knowledgeable guides have developed a strong understanding and respect for these wonderful creatures, built up by living and working amongst them.
The Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear is an intelligent and impressive animal. Although classified as “loners” the coastal brown bears we visit during our Alaska Bear Viewing Tours in the Alagnak Wild River and Katmai National Park, are quite social, and often congregate in large groups around food sources such as salmon runs and sedge grass meadows. Bears often interact with one another, which makes for entertaining bear watching. Bears communicate with one another using body language, posturing, and vocalizations that can range from roars to huffs to sharp popping sounds. Bear on Bear confrontations are rarely physical, unless the bears are playing for fun. Cubs as well as adult bears often tumble, wrestle, play chase, and hang out with other bears during their free time.
One reason Alaska Brown Bears are such exciting animals to be watching in the wild is their intelligence. There are many fascinating examples of brown bear intelligence and tool use. Alaska Brown bears live for 20 to 25 years and have distinct personalities. Although called “brown” bears they vary in coloration from almost black to a very light blonde. Grizzly bears and brown bears are the same species, although “brown” bear is more often used to describe coastal bears. The Alaska grizzly bear population is estimated at about 30,000, and about 3,000 grizzly bears reside in Katmai National Park.
Our location on the Alagnak is deep in bear country and we often have bears within sight of our lodge. We are able to access the river by jet boat and find perfect spots for camera crews to set up and spend a whole day surrounded by these magnificent creatures. In the height of our season it is not rare to see over 20 bears in a day as well as an array of other wildlife. Our lodge based bear viewing tours, provide clients with comfortable private riverfront cabins, delicious meals and guided jet boat tours in prime bear viewing country. These majestic creatures are an incredible sight to behold. Get your camera ready and create the images of a lifetime.
Fishing is also available
The pristine lakes and rivers that empty into Bristol Bay support world-renowned spawning and harvesting of all five species of Pacific salmon– King, Sockeye, Silver, Chum, and Pink–as well as Rainbow
Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, Northern Pike,
Lake Trout and Dolly Varden.
Additional fees will be charged for fishing License.
The region also supports healthy populations of:
Brown Bear Seal and Walrus
Beaver Wolverine Porcupine
Bald Eagles Waterfowl & Migratory Birds
In the Region we can also arrange fly out adventures to see: Walrus, Freshwater Seals (1 of only 2 populations in the world), Beluga and possibly occasional Killer Whales (Orca) and Sea Otters at an additional fee.
Bear photo Safari Itinerary
You Will See More Bears Than People
DAY 1: (Sunday)
Early in the morning arrive at King Salmon airport, (you are requested to be there before 9am)
Depart King Salmon Arrive Alaska Trophy Adventures
Relax, unpack, fish and photograph around the lodge.
We will also discuss and go over helpful hints and techniques for photographing the bears.
DAYS 2 & 3: (Monday & Tuesday).
Each day starts at 7:00 AM with breakfast.
After breakfast the fleet of jet boats will be ready to depart by 8:00 AM. We will discuss with the guides what we are most interested in achieving
DAYS 4 & 5: (Wednesday & Thursday).
Photography each day is based on 2 to 3 guests to one guide with access to the river systems via our jet boats. If you wish we can arrange fly out trips to various destinations at an additional cost. Or you could spend part of the day fishing as well, I mean let’s face it, that’s why the bears are here as well!
Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B
DAYS 6 & 7: (Friday & Saturday) Fishing Days or photography days or both.
Enjoy your last two days on the river with your guide either taking more fabulous photos of the wildlife or fishing for the species of your choice/or arranging other fly out adventure activities. There is no set itinerary as we like to do whatever you wish to target.
DAY 8: (Sunday)
In the morning you will be picked up for the flight back to King Salmon.
Depart Lodge, Arrive King Salmon
Depart King Salmon Arrive Anchorage
Getting To the lodge.
We will try to all travel together from Anchorage to the lodge. On your departure day we strongly encourage our guests schedule a late afternoon flight out of King Salmon to Anchorage in order not to miss your connecting flights. As I’m sure you can imagine, weather can occasionally cause delays in Alaska. Please discuss all flights with us at Idube Photo Safaris before booking them. 505-345-6322 or 505-401-2988
If you have any questions about your travel arrangements, please contact us 505-345-6322 and 505-401-2988
After booking your flight to Anchorage (ANC) you will need to arrange a flight from Anchorage to King Salmon (AKN). Only 2 airlines fly to King Salmon daily: Alaska Airlines and Pen Air. All guests are requested to be at the King Salmon airport by 9:00 am on the day they are scheduled to start the week at the lodge. Please call us so we can help you orange these flights. This means that you will need to either arrive on the first flight in the morning, or arrive the night before and stay overnight in King Salmon at a local hotel. We have never had a guest miss their charter flight if they choose to come in the night before and stay over in King Salmon. Flights to ATAL start in the morning around 10:00 AM from King Salmon. A friendly local air charter service handles all flights to our lodge. The fee is $300 p.p for your roundtrip journey between King Salmon and our Lodge. All their pilots are highly experienced and their aircraft meet the strictest safety regulations. Lean back and have your camera ready for an incredible flight over the Katmai National Park.
All of our guest cabins, including the main lodge have spectacular views of the Alagnak river. The Dining Lodge is the centre piece of the camp. Its where we take our meals, share stories and socialize after a day on the river. With lounge sofas, a fireplace and a stunning view of the river and surrounding mountains, this building really is the town hall of our little village. Wooden walkways connect all our private guest cabins (8) to each other and lead down to our naturally sheltered dock where a fleet of jet boats are ready to access all the best fishing spots within minutes of the Lodge. The Swiss Chalet on the hill, is perfect for larger psarties accommodating up to 8 guests comfortably and in style, not to mention taking in the “Million Dollar View”, where you can survey the rest of the property, river and mountains beyond.
The Lodge is situated on the remote banks of the wild and scenic Alagnak River and is the perfect wilderness photography and fishing retreat. Boasting a world-famous run of all five species of pacific salmon, the Alagnak is also home to a host of resident fish, such as leopard rainbow trout, arctic char and grayling. This prestigious river is located within the Katmai National Park, with its headwaters in the surrounding mountains and drains into Bristol Bay. It is also famously known as “The Branch River” for its seemingly endless braids, where 10 miles of river can easily contain 30 miles of fishable waters. With such exclusive river access, you are sure not to be bothered by any crowds.
The Lodge itself is on 160 acres of prime river frontage in an iconic section of the Alagnak River known as the upper braids. The only access to the Lodge is via bush plane, landing on a private airstrip located on the property. Welcoming wooden cabins are equipped with running water, heating and power, that will guarantee you a comfortable stay. With an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery, this trip is sure to live up to the image of Alaska that you have always dreamed of.
Our Kitchen is opposite the main dining area which overlooks the scenic Alagnak River. Serving high quality meals is a top priority for us and we do our best to source all local produce. We strive to create delicious well-presented meals using fresh and healthy ingredients.
Breakfast and dinner are taken in the main lodge where guides are welcomed to dine with guests after a long day on the water. Most days’ lunches are prepared and brought on the water for a stream-side lunch but some days in the height of the salmon run your guide will prepare your fresh caught salmon over an open fire.
We hope you are as passionate about your food as we are. We will try to be flexible and will do our best to shape meals around your dietary needs so please feel free to ask.
We only have 6 Spots for this bear safari. Call right Away. 505-401-2988 or 505-345-6322
- 09 nights 10 Days
- Depart USA July 2oth 2019
- Arrive Anchorage July 20th 2019
- Lakefront Hotel or Merit Courtyard July 2oth 2019
- Flight to King Salmon and Float Plane to Lodge July 21st
- Bear Lodge 21-28 2019
- mid day flight king Salmon to Anchorage July 28th 2019
- Depart Anchorage late flight or overnight July 28th
- Home Arrival July 28th or 29th