Alaska Brown Bear and Polar Bear Photography Workshop with Wildlife Photographer and Instructor Kevin Dooley.
2018 Call Now 6 Spots available. Call 505-401-2988 or 505-345-6322
2019 September 6th-11th. Call 505-401-2988 or 505-345-6322
Arrival in Anchorage and overnight Sept 7th
Brown Bear Lodge Sept 7-12
September 12th Overnight Anchorage or Fairbanks
September 13th Overnight Fairbanks
September 14th Polar Bear Trip Alaska 1st Group
September 15th Polar Bear 2nd Group
September 13th, 14th, and 15th Fairbanks Alaska
Arrival in Anchorage and overnight Sept 16th
Return Home September 18th
Welcome to Idube Photo Safaris Alaska Brown Bear Photography Trip and Workshop.
This is by far one of my favorite wildlife photography adventures. Alaska is a beautiful a very photogenic place, my heart races with excitement when I see these amazing Grizzly bears roaming through their natural habitat. To get so close and personal with these amazing animals and to have the opportunity to photograph them in this wonderful environment is a true blessing. On this Alaskan photography workshop we will cover all kinds of photographic topics, however, we will concentrate on how to get the best images of these spectacular Alaskan Brown Bears.
No permits or viewing platforms are used in our area, photograph the bears in their natural environment. If on the very rare occasion we decide to fly out from the lodge to another location, some additional locations may have viewing platforms.
We will only have 6 to 8 spots available for this trip. The price does include the bush flight from Anchorage to the lodge and return. We are set to do this trip September 7th thru 13th 2016.
Hotel and food costs in Anchorage before and after the Workshop are not included and are at your expense. Air fare to Anchorage is at additional cost. This trip will fill up fast.
Call us right away to be on our booking list. 505-345-6322 cell. 505-401-2988
All Meals and hotel except Lunch during Polar Bear photography trip are at your own expense during the Polar Bear portion of this trip.
Itinerary Alaska Bear Photography workshop
Arrive and overnight in Anchorage at the Marriott Courtyard. Shuttle service available from the airport to Marriott. Shuttle number is 907-245-0322. Make sure to discuss this reservation with Kevin, we do get a special and very good rate at this hotel. Once we have established all the arrival times we will set a meeting time and location at the hotel.
830AM bush plane flight to our lodge. The flight will take approximately 1 hour. Alaska weather is very unpredictable. We can encounter weather delays. Normally these delays only last a short period of time.
Day Two – Day Six
Enjoy our time at the lodge creating amazing photographs, eating great food, and having fun. Photography workshop time will vary and take place at different times and locations. Fishing and clamming can be added to your day. This adventure is more than just a photography workshop, it is a vacation. We will be photographing the bears at different times of the day depending on the tidal changes, we normally head out to photograph the bears for a few hours in the morning and in the mid to late afternoon. In September the sunrise is just after 7 AM and sunset is approximately 840PM. We normally eat Breakfast at 8, lunch at 1 and dinner at 7. This is a very special place, everything has to be flown in or brought in by boat, the lodge is very comfortable and does have electricity from solar panels and generators. Very few people will ever get to spend time in such a remote and beautiful location, especially considering the quality of the lodge, food, and staff.
9:30 am one hour Flight back to Anchorage. If not doing the polar bear add-on, I highly recommend staying overnight in Anchorage on this day and scheduling your return flight the next day, afternoon if possible. Weather delays are always possible and although very unlikely, if we do have to stay an additional night at the lodge it is at a cost of an extremely reduced rate of 125.00 per person. This includes room and board and normally guided activities. Please note that the hotel and meal costs for day one and day seven (Before and after the Bear safari begins) are at additional cost.
Transport to Fairbanks Alaska and overnight in Fairbanks. Hotel and Meals in Fairbanks not included.
Overnight Fairbanks, Landscape photography
Early Morning Flight to the high Arctic and Polar bear Viewing. Lunch Included
2nd group to Polar Bears overnight in Fairbanks
Early Morning Transport back to Anchorage and overnight.
The Lodge Brown Bear Photography
The Lodge is a premier vacation destination for wildlife photography, world-class sports fishing and Alaska bear viewing. Under the same management since 1983, hosts David and Joanne Coray welcome all national and international guests. The lodge offers its patrons a sense of Alaska adventure with all of the upscale amenities as well. The lodge has developed into one of the premier sites in Alaska to view Brown Bears in their natural environment. Our knowledgeable guides assist our guests in getting properly positioned for excellent viewing, understand behavioral nuances and gain key information about bear biology.
Providing fresh local cuisine is as enjoyable for us as providing unforgettable outdoor adventures. Silver Salmon Creek lodge serves the freshest Alaskan seafood including salmon, and halibut as well as a variety of other meats. Our garden provides fresh salads and all of our entrees, soups, breads, desserts, and bakery goods are prepared from scratch on site by our executive chef and baker. With advance notice we will accommodate special diets. The meals are served family style in our dining room overlooking a spectacular view of lower Cook Inlet. It is not uncommon to observe brown bears meandering outside while seated at your table. We may not be able to control the weather but we can control the dining experience.
For the past 12 years, safari tour leaders have chosen this lodge to bring their clients, resulting in world-class images of coastal brown bears, puffins, bald eagles and magnificent scenery.They have developed a safe and successful program of moving into the bears’ habitat, altering as little as possible their natural free- ranging movements. No permits or viewing platforms are used. Guides are well trained in knowing the local area’s opportunities and work hard to position their guests as closely and safely to the bears as circumstances allow as they forage for grass, clams, berries, and salmon. Long hours in the field can be expected, with the extended summer daylight allowing for early morning and late evening excursions.
The lounge area with built-in screen allows for professional power-point presentations, where we can showcase our work and learn new and exciting ideas and techniques. With this teaching and learning environment, all levels, from beginner to pro shooter, can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere while capturing stellar images of wildlife and natural beauty.
Care is taken to protect all camera gear since we are operating in a salt-water environment. The guides are well versed in helping protect camera equipment, especially along tidal flats and on boat excursions.
Lake Clark National Park is a relatively new park with untapped potential for all photographers. The idyllic saltwater bays and grassy meadows of its coastline harbor some of Alaska’s most treasured wildlife and scenic opportunities.
Various camera lenses are available for rent at the lodge. Contact us for specific questions regarding lens rental so that we may Check with Silver Salmon Creek Lodge for availability.
Alaskan Landscape and Macro Photography
In addition to photographing the Coastal Brown Bear, we will have many opportunities to photograph the amazing and highly scenic area around the lodge. The fall colors in September are spectacular giving that extra edge to landscapes and macro scenes. I normally take three lenses on this journey, telephoto, wide and macro. My telephotos is a 150-600 however, we do normally get opportunities to get close to the bears. Environmental images of the bears can be as impressive as the close-up views.
Bear Viewing and Photography
Lake Clark has evolved into one of Alaska’s premier sites for viewing coastal brown bears in their natural habitat. Guests can enjoy witnessing these magnificent mammals as they forage in the local meadows for sedge grasses, dig for razor clams at low tide, or chase salmon returning to their native streams.
Lake Clark is home to a subset of local bears, most of which are mothers with cubs and juveniles, although we do see the larger males during the breeding season and other times. It is not unusual for guests to watch bears from the deck of their cabins, as the free-ranging omnivores wander in and out of the premises. Silver Salmon Creek Lodge is different from most other bear viewing locations in that we move into the habitat of the bear, avoiding the necessity of viewing platforms and designated sites. As a result, we see behaviors not commonly seen, including nursing, courting and mating activities.
Knowledgeable guides are always present and vital to the experience of not only getting properly positioned for excellent viewing but to understand behavioral nuances and gain key information about bear biology.
Fishing Add ON available for non-photographers.
Fishing and Clamming Add ON available for Photographers and Spouses.
The Lodge was founded on the services of sports fishing in the early 1980’s and we have honored that tradition by continuing to offer world-class fishing for salmon, dolly varden and halibut. Our 40 acre in-holding within coastal Lake Clark National Park offers the perfect setting for anglers wishing to experience the thrill of fly and spin fishing for three species of pacific salmon, with our 29-foot charter boat Stormy Skye offering access to the finest halibut grounds in Cook Inlet. Several tidally affected, clear streams make their short passage from their headwaters in the Chigmit Mountains, emptying into Cook Inlet, where the returning salmon and Dolly Varden re-discover the natal routes to their spawning grounds. Additional Charges for Fishing.
A: The weather is coastal which means rain can be likely, so bring a raincoat, although we do experience periods of sunshine. Expect temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s (F), and sudden changes, including wind, are common. Bring layered clothing
A: Because you will be transported by small plane, we ask that you limit your gear as close to 50# per person as possible. Sometimes exceptions are made for photo tour groups, and it is also possible to mail some gear to us ahead of time. The name and address to use are: Steve Toth, 1618 Tanaga Circle, Kenai, Alaska 99611 and best to ship it at least 6 weeks prior to your arrival, & make sure you write the party name on the outside of the box. The phone number is (907) 252-3118, There may be extra charges if excessive gear results in additional plane trips. Please limit your gear to clothing, a few personal items and photo equipment.
A: We are equipped to transport people into the field who have difficulty walking long distances. This includes the use of ATV’s with trailers that will transport you for bear viewing, photo excursions, and fishing. Walking can also at times be an option, if arranged ahead of time with your guide. There are areas where walking can be challenging, such as on the tidal flats and places around the creek which are muddy.
A: Same day and overnight guests generally will not be utilizing any boat services. Those staying longer than two nights will have the option of boat trips to bird sanctuaries, coastal explorations and fossil beds, and the boat is necessary for halibut fishing and access to the tent camp site. Our charter vessels are operated by coast guard licensed captains, and we have a 100% safety record in 29 years of operation.
A: There are annoying insects throughout Alaska but they are easily managed by a combination of insect repellent, head-nets, or simply ignoring them. Mosquitoes are more common in early summer while no-see-ums and “white sox” (small gnats) more common later in the summer. We have a good supply of repellents but you are welcome to bring your own. Alaskan insects do not carry diseases but the bites can result in swelling and itching
A: Our guides are trained to understand bear behavior and know the parameters surrounding safe bear viewing practices. Most of the bears we see are already somewhat acclimated to the presence of humans, and there has never been a serious negative encounter with bears in our 20 year history of providing bear viewing services. With that said, the bears at Silver Salmon are still free-ranging wild mammals and need to be approached with caution, and the guides will ensure your safety while assessing behavior and possible stress signs of the bears.
People react to the close presence of bears very individually, and if you are uncomfortable with the proximity between yourself and the bears, we will accommodate your concerns and make adjustments accordingly.
A: Our kitchen staff is very sensitive to any special dietary needs. By letting us know well ahead of time (and reminding us again by email 1-2 weeks before your arrival if possible), we are able to accommodate most requests.
A: Yes. For daily bear viewing/photography in the local area, most people get by fine with knee boots, which we have a large supply of. Some people, especially photographers, prefer hip or even chest waders. The nearby meadows and tidal flats can be marshy and wet. Boat activities require hip waders, and while we have some in stock, many guests prefer bringing their own. It is best to contact us a short time before arriving in order to know if a correct size is available for you. We are limited in knee and hip boots of size 13 or larger. Hip boots can be purchased at any sporting goods store in Anchorage, Soldotna or Homer
: There is a $6 a day per person park user fee (even if you hold a National Park pass) and a sales tax due with your balance. Other optional costs are vacuum sealing any fish you want to retain ($1 a lb), halibut charters at $100 a person (3 minimum), and international cell phone calls ($3 a minute). Gratuities are not included in the charges and are always greatly appreciated.
A: Because we use chartered small aircraft for transporting you, there is always a chance that bad weather may pre-empt a flight, but it’s unusual and delays are often only a portion of one day. For this reason in addition to the possibility of a domino affect on your travel plans after leaving SSCL, we strongly encourage trip insurance and have links on our reservation page. In the event weather forces an extra night at SSCL, we charge $125 per person for room and board, and often this will include guided local activities.
A: Yes, we have a satellite dish and you are welcome to bring your own laptop computer. However, we only have limited band-width and it is imperative that you not send photos, stream videos, or access programs that will exceed our band-width allocation. When that happens, the system gets shut down for 2 days and everyone suffers. Emails without photos are fine
A: Yes, depending on your provider. At the current time we have good luck with Verizon, only fair with AT&T, and Sprint does not work
Q: May we bring our own alcohol beverages?
A: Absolutely. We do not have a full service bar at SSCL but you are welcome and encouraged to bring any alcoholic beverages you wish. In the case of large amounts of beer/wine, we may be able to purchase that for you ahead of time and store it at the lodge, if notified at least 1 month prior to your arrival.
A: Yes, we have a washer and dryer and you can arrange with our housekeeper to have your laundry done, on a gratuity basis.
A: Yes, but only when the generator is on. We operate alternately on a direct AC diesel generator current and a solar/battery system. Typically the generator is running between 6 and 10 AM and also between 5 and 11 PM. Hairdryers draw a lot of electricity so please use only during designated generator times or check with staff as to the status of our power grid
A: Yes, we have a small gift shop that includes hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, thermal mugs, video CD’s of Silver Salmon Creek, and children’s books plus books of poetry by an Alaskan author.
A: Although we’ve never had an incident where serious body harm has occurred, our insurance company requires us to have guests sign an Acknowledgement of Risk form, it can be signed upon your arrival at the lodge.
A: You don’t need to be in perfect shape, as the walking is generally over short distances. There are stairs leading to the dining area and we are set up for CPAP users. Joanne is a board certified emergency medicine physician and is happy to answer any medical questions prior to planning your trip.
A: There is dense brush and undergrowth making long hiking treks difficult. We do have short hikes available around the premises and longer ones available along the beach and inland along riverbanks.
Polar Bear photography Add on. Sept 13th
Includes flights, lunch, boats for this extreme adventure. Additional costs: Hotel and Meals in Fairbanks and flights to and from Fairbanks to Anchorage. Depending on the group size we may drive to Fairbanks.
We will have to stay in Fairbanks for two nights.
- Brown Bear Safari Workshop
- 4895.00 Brown bears Only / With Polar Bear/Aurora Lights 6995.00
- Arrive Anchorage Alaska September 6th
- Overnight Anchorage Sept 6th
- September 7th, 9 AM Plane to Lodge and Afternoon Photography
- September 7-12th Brown Bear Photography activities.
- September 12th fly out to Anchorage.
- Overnight in Anchorage or continue with Polar Bear adventure
- Workshop Fee and bush plane flights Included
- Overnight in Fairbanks
- $800.00 Single Supplement fee
Photographs provided by Kevin Dooley and Northwest Tours
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