Alaska & Yukon, 100's of years of family history
We are a custom lodge where every day you decide what kind of adventure you want. The options are only limited by your imagination.
We can accommodate any one in reasonable health. Our oldest guest to date was 98. he was able to fish 3 different rivers, see grizzly bears, pick blue berries on the alpine tundra and even do a short raft trip with his grandson.
The following is a sample itinerary for your trip. You are free to make any changes to suite your interests. We are a custom operation and you decide what you want to do each day.
Day 2 Sample Itinerary:
After enjoying a hearty breakfast you will board one of the lodge's aircraft and the day’s adventure begins. One of the big things that sets us apart from other lodges is that we have 4 aircraft and 14 boats all set aside for the exclusive use of our guests. We never has more than 10 guests at the lodge at one time. Today you decided to get images of Bears fishing so we make the short flight to Katmai National Park land on a small alpine lake in the lodge's Dehavllind Beaver float plane. After landing a 15 min walk gets us to the confluence of 2 creeks. We spend the day filming bears on the creek where the grizzlies are chasing fish in the shallow water. The pilot/guide has lead bear viewing trips here since 1978 and knows this place intimately.
After a full day of filming many different bears catching fish you will walk back to the plane for the 18 minute flight back to the lodge. From the plane dock next to the lodge you will smell the fresh smoked salmon that is part of the Hor d'Oeurvres platter. Now you have the tough choice to make: a hot shower or hit the Hor d'Oeurvres platters first.
After the chef has served the meal the discussion of the next day’s activity takes place and plans are made. We suggest everyone show their 6 favorite images from the day. With the blinds down the images are displayed on the large screen TV in the great room. The lodge staff often gathers in the background to see the amazing show.
Day 3 Sample Itinerary:
Today you decided to fly to Brooks Falls to try to get shots of a bear catching a fish jumping the falls. Brooks falls is crowded by the lodge standards and almost like a zoo setting but you are looking for one specific image of a bear catching a fish on the top of falls so that is where we have flown.
By 10:30 a.m. you have the shots you want. We then fly 15 minutes to a place that there is no one else and it has the wilderness feel. We land next to a tiny stream. A 12 year old sow has raised her cubs here every year for the last 8 years. She is very tolerant of us and often walks with her cubs very close to us. We have the place to ourselves. On the way back to the lodge we fly over the Valley of
10,000 Smokes, then past Mount Katmai, then over the Caldera (crater lake) and past Novarupta with
its still steaming vents and glaciers then home to the lodge. Hor d'Oeurvres , hot showers, a gourmet dinner and the evening image show await us.
Day 4 Sample Itinerary:
You leave the lodge late morning to arrive at the Katmai coast for the low tide. Landing on the beach in the wheel planes equipped with tundra tires. Today you are searching for bears digging clams and eating sedge grasses. It is common to also see a wolf at this secluded beach. Today takes more walking as the bears are more spread out on the tidal flats and in the sedge grasses. A hot lunch is cooked by the pilot. Fresh clams dug from the tidal flats and shrimp jambalaya cooked over open fire on the beach, topped off with hot dutch oven baked corn bread. The 35 minute flight back to the lodge takes a different route so we can fly low over the glaciers and ice fields on Mt Douglas.
Day 5 Sample Itinerary:
Half the people in your group decide to fly to Twin Lakes to see and photograph Dick Proenneke cabin (One Man's Wilderness). Flying over the turquoise water of Lake Clark, past dall sheep, caribou and glaciers in Lake Clark National park we get to Upper Twin Lake. Landing 100 yards from the historical homestead site and cabin that Dick built. The history is documented and preserved here by the Park Service. Mountain landscape and the old Alaska homestead has lots to keep the shutters clacking for the day.
The second half of the people in your group have decided to take a 2 day expedition to the most remote and wildest part of Alaska. The Bearing Sea beaches along the Alaska Peninsula is a place very few humans have ever seen. They will land at Walrus Point and the Seal Islands. They departed at 6:00 AM and landed on a remote Bearing Sea beach near a bull walrus haul out. During The 20 min walk into the wind the smell of walrus is strong long before they are seen. These huge bull walrus are a site to see. With the walrus upwind setting up tripods within 50 yards of the walrus will not disturb them. Eagles nest on the cliffs nearby and swans are nesting on the ponds next to the salt grass. One sand Island commonly has 200-400 seals hauled out. Sea otters are commonly seen at the outlet of the streams. Caribou, moose, and bear are common to see along the way. The group will camp at an old native trapper’s cabin overlooking the Bering Sea and let the sound of the waves lull them to sleep.
Day 6 Sample Itinerary:
For the people that camped night 5 at the beach day 6 has a half day of filming walrus, eagles, swans, the occasional puffin and of course beach combing. Around noon they will get back in the plane and head to a native village for lunch and refueling the plane. They will arrive back at the lodge in time for dinner.
For the people who stayed at the lodge night 5 they will head to the crystal clear Copper River for a raft float trip. They will film the pods of Red Salmon in the clear water, see a few bears and perhaps catch a trophy rainbow trout. At the end of the river they will stop at a native homestead. Jim, Flora and their adult kids are living a subsistence life style on the homestead they have built. Flora's family has lived in this bay for centuries.
Both groups will meet back at the lodge for the night’s dinner and to compare notes.
Day 7 Sample Itinerary:
Today is the last day of the trip. Last night the group decided to return to the same place in Katmai National Park that they went to on day 2. Landing on a small alpine lake in the lodge's Dehavllind Beaver float plane. The 15 minute walk gets everyone back to the confluence of 2 creeks where the bears performed so well last time. You will spend the day filming bears on the creek. The bears are still chasing the Sockeye (red salmon) in the shallow water but today there are more fish than a week ago so the bears are catching more fish today. Late afternoon you will walk back to the plane and head to the lodge. There will be just enough time for a quick shower then the staff will transport the group to the airport for the evening flight back to Anchorage.