Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska from our Cruise Prince William Sound tour or from home.
Take a bush flight to the seldom visited Lake Clark National Park to walk amongst wild brown bears. This unique experience begins with a magnificent bush plane flight along the bases of active, steaming volcanoes of the Alaska Peninsula and ends with a landing on the beach in front of the lodge. Spend three days walking amongst these giants of the bear world as they go about their daily lives of eating, playing, and sleeping. Take home countless memories and photographs under the expert guidance of Alaska resident and naturalist, Bill Mohrwinkel.
• Take a bush airplane flight from Anchorage to Silver Salmon Creek, passing steaming glacier-draped volcanoes in the Alaska Range and ending with a landing on the beach in front of the lodge.
• Walk on the ground up-close with brown bears as they go about their daily activities of eating, playing, and sleeping at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, a private reserve within Lake Clark National Park.
• Take a boat ride to islands where seabirds such as tufted and horned puffins nest and photograph them up-close on flower covered slopes.
• Enjoy Alaska hospitality at this small family owned lodge.
Mix and match any of our four Alaska tours as follows:
1. Begin your journey early on our Cruise Prince William Sound tour from June 21 to 27, 2021 and SAVE $400. From calving glaciers to breaching humpback whales, experience the northernmost coastal temperate rainforest from your boat, the Discovery. Whether you want to kayak amongst icebergs or watch playful sea otters from the deck, this is the best experience you can do on water in Alaska!
Itinerary Updated: May 2019
|Jun 26||Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska from our Cruise Prince William Sound tour or from home.||Susitna Place B&B, Anchorage|
|Jun 27-29||Scenic flight from Anchorage to Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, photograph Brown Bears and other wildlife in Lake Clark National Park.||Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, Lake Clark National Park||B, L, D|
|Jun 30||Enjoy more wildlife action then fly back to Anchorage for farewell dinner.||Susitna Place B&B, Anchorage||B, L, D|
|Jul 1||Fly home.||B|
Living and guiding in Alaska for 25 years, Bill has vast knowledge to share. He was part owner of an Arctic tour business for 10 years and has guided sea kayaking trips in Prince William Sound, polar and brown bear trips, and birding trips. His love of the polar regions has led bill to also guide in Antarctica and South Georgia Island. Though he is not a photographer, he has extensive experience guiding photo trips and works hard to help clients accomplish their goals for the tour. His true passion is natural history and sharing that passion with participants, and he loves to have fun!
Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska from our Cruise Prince William Sound tour or from home.
From Anchorage, you’ll take a one and a quarter hour flight to Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, situated on the coast of Cook Inlet within Lake Clark National Park. The scenic, low-level flight will end with a beach or lagoon landing for a unique experience. Silver Salmon Creek Lodge is on 40 acres of private land within the coastal region of the expansive park, offering views of the coast and towering volcanic peaks.
The opportunity to observe concentrations of coastal brown bears in their natural habitat is the primary attraction of this remote wilderness area. Due to their high-protein salmon diet, coastal brown bears are often significantly larger than the interior grizzly bears (both are subspecies of brown bear, Ursus arctos). Most of the time spent here will be observing and photographing the phenomenal bear activity, sometimes even from the deck of your cabin. You’ll look for mothers with cubs as well as larger male bears as they dig for clams at low tide and forage for grass in the meadows. Patches of lupine, wild geranium, and other wildflowers will add a splash of color to your photos. As you move into the habitat of the bear, you may witness seldom-seen behaviors, such as courting, mating, and nursing. Keep your eye out for wolves and other wildlife that inhabit the park as well.
Birding around Silver Salmon Creek Lodge is excellent with an abundance of shorebirds, songbirds, and birds of prey, such as peregrine falcons and northern harriers. Small islands just off the coast host nesting pelagic birds. Horned and tufted puffins, parakeet auklets, murres, eiders, and more are found here during the short Alaskan summer. If time and weather permits, you will take a half day boat voyage to “Bird Island,” a major nesting ground for horned and tufted puffins and common murres with excellent photography opportunities.
You will have the morning for one last bear viewing opportunity and to take in the wildlife and scenery around Silver Salmon Creek before departing for the flight back to Anchorage. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.
Take a bush flight to the seldom visited Lake Clark National Park to walk amongst wild brown bears.
|Type||Cost Per Person|
|Trip cost, double occupancy||$5,199|
Costs are per person, double occupancy, not including airfare (except round-trip flights between Anchorage and Silver Salmon Creek Lodge), singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.
We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we will not charge you a single supplement. Single rooms are subject to availability.
|Payment||Due Date||Amount Per Person|
|Deposit||Due now to reserve your space||$500|
|Final||January 15, 2021||Remaining balance|
Payments are due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Until the Final Payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person, which can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.
The Alaska Peninsula, where Silver Salmon Creek is located, generally has warm, dry weather during this time of year, and it lies within a temperate weather zone. Daytime high temperatures can be 50-70°F, with evenings dipping down into the high 40s°F. Bring layers, a rain jacket, rain pants, and sunscreen to deal with the changing conditions. We supply comfortable rubber boots for you to wear on all outings at the lodge.
At Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, you search for bears by an ATV towing a wheeled cart, and when you spot bears, you will slowly advance on foot. You may walk over a mile each day on flat terrain at a slow pace. Please contact us if you have any health concerns that may make this trip challenging.
Airfare (except flights listed as included) is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) by June 26. If you are arriving from our Cruise Prince William Sound tour, see Flights section in its itinerary for arrival information. Depart from Anchorage anytime on July 1.
Flights we book for you: The round-trip flights between Anchorage and Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Lake Clark National Park. The cost of this round-trip booking is included in the tour cost.
Lodging throughout the tour is very comfortable. Since you travel to remote locations, we do not have many options, but we have found excellent choices in all locations and hope you will enjoy the rustic Alaskan feel and remoteness of the lodges. At Silver Salmon Creek you may have a private bath in your room, but in some cases you will share a bathroom with one other person.
Take a scenic round-trip flight in a small aircraft between Anchorage and Silver Salmon Creek Lodge. Luggage weights will be strictly limited to 50lbs for this flight. This weight limitation is sufficient to bring your needed camera gear and any clothes you need for the three-night stay.