Bears of Lake Clark Photo Tour
5-Day Photo Tour from Anchorage
- A truly Alaskan Bear Viewing or Photo Adventure.
- Photograph the awesome Alaska brown bear at close range and from ground level.
- Intimate, 70 minute scenic flight-seeing tour from Anchorage.
- Stay in a comfortable back-country lodge situated in the heart of bear country.
- Up-close bear photography in Lake Clark National Park.
- Observe grizzly bears fishing for salmon; frolicking in water.
- Expert Photographer/Guide.
- Tour Limited to 6 participants.
About Lake Clark National Park Bear Viewing
Alaska Bear photography at Lake Clark National Park is the ultimate bear photo tour experience. Lake Clark National Park is located on the western shores of the Cook Inlet. This ocean front setting is the ultimate bear habitat. The creek running through the middle of the prairie land is loaded with Silver Salmon, attracting a resident Brown Bear population to the area all summer long. The tall grass and a backdrop of the Iliamna Volcano make for the best pictures.
Your Lake Clark National Park Bear photo adventure begins when you depart Anchorage on one of our aircraft and head south along the Cook Inlet. The flight in itself will be a highlight of your trip; this scenic route takes you by 3 active volcanoes, numerous salmon streams, glaciers, and other Alaskan sights. The flight down takes about 1 hour, once there the aircraft will land on the beach at low tide. Your naturalist bear guide will meet the plane on the beach and bring you up to the lodge for a bear orientation via 4-WD vehicle. Lake Clark Bear photo tours can vary locations and descriptions.
What You Need To Know
The Lake Clark Bear photo tour begins after a brief bear orientation aimed at group safety. From the lodge you will go out into this ideal bear habitat to watch these creatures interact with each other in the wild. Your photographer/guide will take you through the park, adding to your safety and answering any questions you may have about the bears. The area is excellent for viewing the bears because of the layout and geography; it is a 5 miles stretch of prairie grassland beachfront. Watch as they frolic in the grass with their cubs, dig for clams, and take afternoon naps. Lake Clark National Park is beginning to be well known as the best bear viewing in Alaska, and for good reason. This area is home mostly to Brown Bears, but it is not uncommon to see a few Black Bears in the area as well.
What To Bring
Dress comfortably and in layers; Alaska weather can change dramatically. A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy, and cool in the National Park.
- Comfortable Shoes – These do not have to be hiking shoes, but no open toed sandals.
- Binoculars – if you do not have any you may share some with the bear guide
- Layered Clothing – Always be ready for any temperature range, bring a rain shell in case of rain
Lake Clark National Park is in a remote area accessible only by plane so many of the common expectations of “civilization” are not available. You should bring essential medications with you and not plan plane connections on the same day of this trip. Additionally, if visiting Lake Clark is extremely important to you, please allow time in your schedule for possible rescheduling of this trip. Our route will take us through remote, mountainous terrain and this trip does sometimes cancel due to weather. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking on uneven terrain (approximately 2-3 miles) If you are concerned about you or someone in your party’s ability to do so, please contact the office as soon as possible. Don’t worry, We have lots of other bear viewing options! Please note that we use several vendors for this activity based on availability at the time of booking. This tour is not operated by Planet Earth Adventures, LLC, and we do not own the aircrafts that are used for this tour. Prices are subject to change without notice. Your price is guaranteed at the time of booking. We reserve the right to choose from different air taxi providers based on availability at the time of booking.
Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage: Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to the hotel via courtesy shuttle. The rest of the day is free to wander around and explore this pleasant city and its shops. The hotel is located only ten minutes from the downtown shopping area. The hotel also offers a health club, pool and whirlpool for your convenience to help you unwind from your long flight up to Alaska. This evening we will meet at the hotel and have a group orientation regarding next morning's flight to Lake Clark National Park and what we will be experiencing.
Day 2: Anchorage to Lake Clark: After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave for nearby Lake Hood and board our chartered plane. The flight to Lake Clark is an adventure in itself. Our flight path will take us over Cook Inlet, we will pass tall majestic snow-covered mountains and volcanic peaks with long braided rivers below. We will follow the Cook Inlet shoreline to our seaside beach landing site. The beach commonly has bears and/or bear tracks. We will load our gear onto all-terrain vehicles for the short trip to our lodge. (L,D)
Days 3 & 4: Lake Clark: We have more than three full days of bear photography. Expect a full spectrum of unpredictable weather conditions as we venture out each day to explore diverse habitats and photograph one of largest land carnivores roaming across some of wildest and most pristine environments left on Earth. In July, female bears with their cubs are seen foraging in the meadows and digging for clams on the tidal flats. In August the massive bears are actively chasing salmon with water and mud splashing. Each day we return to our lodge for lunch and some free time to download images and rest. After a short break, we are back in the field for late afternoon and/or evening photo sessions. A home prepared dinner awaits our return to the lodge after an active day! (B,L,D)
Day 5: Lake Clark to Anchorage: After breakfast, we are transported to the beach where our aircraft will take us back to Anchorage. Tour participants depart for home on late afternoon or evening flights. (B)
2017 Tour Cost
TOUR DATES: Departures June through August. PLEASE CALL FOR AVAILABLE DATES.
TOUR COST: $5,995 per person. Meals as listed on the itinerary.. Prices subject to change without notice. Please inquire at time of booking. Prices are per person, includes round-trip transportation from Anchorage area. Park Fees and taxes are extra. Tour Limited to 6 participants.
NOTE: Due to the rising aviation fuel prices, we will be enacting a fuel surcharge of 5% as of June 10th 2018. All pre-booked trips will be honored at the rates they were booked.
DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Departs Anchorage approximately at 9am and returns between 3:30 - 4pm - actual departure times vary. Tour is approximately 6.5 hours. The itinerary is subject to change based on factors such as tides, local weather, and bear activity.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE: Guests should be able to walk short distances on uneven ground with their camera packs. The longest required walk is two miles round-trip over a relatively flat trail for the purpose of observing and photographing the brown bears. Trails surfaces for our various walks vary, from paved to uneven natural terrain. Tour participants must be able to walk at least one mile.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly suggest purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment at the time you sign up for one of our trips. This coverage will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during your trip. Trip cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance is available at a supplemental cost. Click Here to purchase travel protection.
CANCELLATION POLICY: We consider the deposit non-refundable at the time of reservation; however, Planet Earth Adventures will try to be flexible in the event of a cancellation. Cancellation with less than 90 days prior to the flight and the deposit is completely non-refundable. Cancellation with less than 72 hours prior to the flight and 100% of the flight will be billed. A Master Card or Visa is required to make your reservation online. Your card will be charged when you book your trip. We require at least 90-day notice for cancellations. Wildlife sighting is not guaranteed.
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