Bear Viewing Tours in Katmai National Park
We operate daily bear viewing tours to Katmai National Park. Daily tours depart from our base in Homer, Alaska and we fly about 80 to 120 nautical miles west or southwest to land on one of several beaches that border Katmai/Lake Clark National Parks. We then join the bears in the park on foot. Operating our bear viewing tours in Homer gives us an advantage. It puts us closer to the best locations and affords some of the best sightseeing opportunities along the way. Our flight takes .75 to 1.5 hours each way and the scenery between Homer and Katmai/Lake Clark coast is breathtaking. On most days you will see glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, whales and of course bears. Katmai / Lake Clark National Parks are the best places in the world to view grizzly bears.Katmai has an approximate population of 3,000 grizzly bears (compared to only 300 grizzly bears in Denali National Park).
Bear Viewing in Lake Clark National Park
Bear viewing in Katmai/Lake Clark National Parks is also ideal because large numbers of bears congregate on the coast around food sources such as clams, sedge grass meadows and salmon runs.The Katmai/Lake Clark National Park coast is home to many other animals and it is common to see bald eagles and foxes in addition to grizzly bears. On lucky days we might see wolves, harbor seals, shore birds and moose. Katmai/Lake Clark National Parks are only accessible by boat or bush plane. Landing on a beach surrounded by Alaskan wilderness and wild grizzly bears is an experience that leaves most visitors truly awestruck.
Bear Viewing at Brooks Falls
After a scenic flight on a float plane you will land at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. Once on the ground you will have four hours of self guided bear viewing where you can view the bears at the iconic Brooks Falls. Take advantage of the strategically placed viewing platforms to capture your once in a lifetime photographs of bears catching salmon as they jump up the falls. This is a great option for our guests with mobility issues, families with children under 10 years old, and senior citizens.