Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Katmai Wilderness Lodge claims to offer “the world’s most spectacular bear viewing” and our CEO Steve Cameron was absolutely in agreement when he visited Katmai. On just one afternoon Steve saw 20 bears and was able to approach several individuals quite closely on foot. Katmai National Park is a 3.6 million acre spectacular, unspoilt reserve originally created in 1918 to protect the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Today, most of the fumaroles have stopped steaming, and visitors come not only to view the interesting volcanic landscape but the brown (grizzly) bears that flourish in this rugged wilderness.

Brown bears are very active in Katmai, numbering more than 2,200. As they are not hunted, they are extremely tolerant of humans and extraordinary viewing is possible. Males can grow to an amazing 3 metres in height and to observe their behaviour at close quarters is a privilege few people will ever experience. In summer, when food is plentiful, bears may be seen fishing for salmon in the rivers and foraging for berries in the bush.

Despite the park’s great size, there are only a few places where you can view bears in Katmai. Katmai Wilderness Lodge is one of these special places, set at the edge of picturesque Kukak Bay against a backdrop of majestic mountains and dramatic glaciers. Comfortable accommodation is provided in modern log cabins and hearty meals are served in the dining room.

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How to get to Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Float plane transfers are available from Kodiak to Katmai Wilderness Lodge.

Activities at Katmai Wilderness Lodge

  • Bear viewing
  • Hiking
  • Sea kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Archaeological excursions

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Katmai Wilderness Lodge Highlights

  • One of the few lodges in the vast Katmai National Park
  • Famous for amazing grizzly bear viewing
  • Set in a picturesque bay with snow-covered mountains as a backdrop
  • Comfortable log cabin accommodation and hearty meals
  • Plenty of outdoor activities from kayaking and hiking to boating

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Alaska Overview

Why visit Alaska? Mountains, glaciers, wildlife – everything is bigger in Alaska. A cruise of the stunning Inside Passage is on nearly everyone’s bucket list; consider a small ship for the most intimate experience. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife encounters, in particular whale watching and bear viewing. In Denali NP, look for the “Denali Slam”: moose, caribou, wolf, Dall sheep and brown bear.

When is the best time to go to Alaska? The warmer months (mid May to mid September) are the best time to visit, as they offer long hours of daylight. Spring is when the wilderness becomes a hive of activity, with whales arriving and bears coming out of hibernation to feed on sedge and berries. July to September is when the salmon run occurs and a good time to see bears fishing.

What can I combine Alaska with? Canada. The country’s west (Pacific) coast is home to the picturesque Rocky Mountains, and can be easily explored by rail. You can also visit the beautiful alpine towns of Banff and Jasper, or encounter wild grizzly bears at Knight Inlet. On the east (Atlantic) coast, explore charming French-speaking Montreal or Quebec City, or take a tour of the historic Atlantic Maritimes.

How do you get to Alaska: Fly to Anchorage or Juneau in Alaska. Inside Passage cruises depart from Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau or Seattle (in Washington State).

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