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Katmai National Park, Alaska

KATMAI DAY TRIP FROM ANCHORAGE

Katmai was designated a national monument in 1918 to preserve features associated with one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions ever recorded. However, later expansions and the change in status to Katmai did not focused on geologic activity but rather on the importance wildlife. Today, one of the primary purposes of Katmai National Park and Preserve, based on legislation, is to protect habitats for and populations of fish and wildlife, including, but not limited to, high concentrations of brown bears and their denning areas, and maintain unimpaired the watersheds and water habitat vital to red salmon spawning.

Brooks Falls, perhaps the world’s most celebrated destination to view Alaskan brown bears in their natural habitat. There are as many as fifty bears live along the mile and a half long Brooks River during the salmon season, many of which can be observed from three elevated viewing platforms along the river at Brooks Lodge where during the peak of the season, its not uncommon for visitors to see bears within minutes of arrival and all visitors are instructed by the National Park Service on how to conduct themselves in “Bear Country.”

Bear in Katmai National Park
Bear in Katmai National Park // Photo: State of Alaska/Chris McLennan
Tour Details

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Duration:

Day Tour

Our one day trip from Anchorage offers approx. 5 ½ hours in the park.

(Day trips depart Anchorage at 8:00am, and arrive back in Anchorage at 6:15pm.)

Availability:

2023 Dates:
June 1 – September 18

limited availability in JULY, please contact us asap.

Starting & Ending locations:

Anchorage, Alaska

Price inclusions:

  • flights to and from Anchorage Anchorage to King Salmon (to and from), float plane ride to and from Brooks Lodge.
  • Shuttle transfers in King Salmon
  • 1 Day Park Fee
  • All Taxes

Price exclusions:

  • Meals

Cancelations, refunds, and additional fees:

  • Please note that if fuel prices continue to rise, a fuel surcharge may be added to the cost of the trip. 
  • Flight reservations are refundable less a $100 per person fee if canceled at least 14 days before the start of the reservation. Cancelations within 14 days of travel are not refundable. 

    Day trips to Brooks will be refunded if we cannot fly due to inclement weather.  If weather is questionable between King Salmon and Brooks, you will be given the option to fly to King Salmon or not before the flights departure from Anchorage.  If you choose to fly to King Salmon and are unable to make it from King Salmon to Brooks, only the King Salmon to Brooks Lodge round-trip flights will be refunded.  This option to cancel same day is only available if offered by our Anchorage office staff. 

  • KatmaiAir flights allow 50 pounds (22 kilos) of baggage per person total (including carry on).  Any additional baggage is $1.00 per pound IF there is space/weight available for it on the plane.  Excess baggage is not guaranteed to fly.  Katmai Air must stow all bags during flight (no carry-on except what can fit in your hand such as a camera or water bottle), as there is no under seat or overhead storage on our small planes. Baggage storage is available at KatmaiAir. 
Itinerary

One day trips depart Anchorage at 8:00am, and arrive back in Anchorage at 6:15pm.

Day trip from Anchorage offers approx. 5 ½ hours in the park. 

Take a 75 minute flight from Anchorage to King Salmon.  A short shuttle ride will transfer you to the KatmaiAir cabin on Naknek River, where you will check in for your next flight – a scenic 25 minute float plane ride to Brooks Lodge!

Upon arrival at Brooks Lodge, you will be given a brief bear orientation by a park ranger to learn how to safely conduct yourself while exploring in bear country. You will have the opportunity to visit the bearviewing platforms along Brooks River and the World Famous Brooks Falls where brown bears feed and the friendly National Park Service rangers will point you in the right direction and answer all of your questions about this incredible park. 

This trip is not guided. 

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