Alaska Brown Bear Photo Safari 2018-02-14T15:30:47+00:00

Alaska Brown Bear Photo Tour

Photograph Alaska Brown Bear on their turf, in scenic Lake Clark or Katmai National Park. Your destination on this fly-out excursion depends on where the bears are (see chart on the right and plan according to your arrival date).

Alaska brown bear photography tours are completely customizable. You may choose to have a photographer guide escort you into bear country and provide on-the-ground coaching along the way, or go with your experienced pilot guide and park host. The flight route travels along scenic coastlines and from take-off to landing, scenic photographic opportunities abound.

Prices reflect unguided and guided rates. Unguided means without a personal photography guide, but you will still benefit from knowledgeable bush pilot and park guides throughout the tour.

Times listed are approximations. Departure and return may also vary according to conditions.

Redoubt Bay Lodge

View Alaska brown and black bear fishing for salmon in a cascading river, from the comfort of a covered boat.

  • 6.5 hours
  • 70 minute scenic flight from Anchorage to Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve
  • Morning & afternoon departures
  • Natural history guides
  • Light lunch in the day lodge

$723 per person [unguided] | $2285 guided single | $1504 per person [guided group of 2 or more] 

Katmai National Park

World-renowned scenes of Alaska brown bear snatching salmon from Brooks Falls, viewed from raised boardwalks and platforms.

  • 10-12 hours
  • 2-3 hour scenic flight from Anchorage (each way)
  • Elevated viewing platforms and boardwalk
  • National Park Rangers onsite
  • Box lunch

$936 per person [unguided] | $3072 guided single | $2004 per person [guided group of 2 or more] 

Chinitna Bay

Alaska brown bear digging for clams and frolicking on a striking beach.

  • 6 hours
  • 90 minute scenic flight by way of two active volcanoes, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna
  • Morning & afternoon departures
  • Travel by 4wd and on foot to active bear viewing locations
  • Naturalist guide
  • Deli lunch

$820 per person [unguided] | $2478 guided single | $1648 per person [guided group of 2 or more]

Lake Clark National Park

Up close Alaska brown bear viewing from a covered pontoon boat.

  • 10 hours
  • 70 minute scenic flight from Anchorage to Crescent Lake in Lake Clark National Park
  • Morning & afternoon departures
  • Natural history guides
  • Light lunch in the day lodge

$922 per person [unguided] | $3044 guided single | $1984 per person [guided group of 2 or more] 


Bear Viewing Conditions

 Location May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Redoubt Bay Lodge *** **** ***
Katmai National Park ****
Chinitna Bay  **  **** **** **** **
Lake Clark National Park * **** ****


Van shuttle from your Anchorage area accommodations to air taxi service on the shores of Lake Hood Float Plane Base

Mode of Transport


Photography Gear To Bring

  • Camera with manual settings
  • Wide angle lens wide aperture (something in 24-70mm f/2.8 range will work well, but the wider the better)
  • Zoom lens (140mm and up)
  • At least 2 fully charged batteries
  • Several memory cards
  • Sturdy tripod

Photography equipment rental available at Stewart’s Photo Shop


This is a moderate activity that involves walking short distances on uneven terrain and getting in and out of a small plane. Weather conditions may range from rain, wind, and sun, and temperatures from 45°F (7°C) to 80°F (26°C).


  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good traction
  • Short sleeves
  • Warm fleece jacket
  • Water/windproof outer shell

Contact Us to begin planning your Alaska Bear photography expedition!

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