Alaska Bush Flying Adventures Every Day!
Aircraft, Fly an hour or walk a week!
We have 4 Dedicated aircraft for the exclusive use of our guest, 2 float planes (sea planes) and 2 tundra-tire bush planes are parked at the lodge. You have a pilot and plane at your disposable every day. We fly to where the bears are at that day. Nothing worse than to hear the fish are late this year and the bears have not come here yet. Or you should have been here last week when we had lots of bears. We have 127 different places we can fly to to see bears and other wildlife.
Bears follow the food with salmon being their favorite. Salmon runs peak in different locations at different times. As the salmon begin to dwindle at one location, the bears move to new areas where the runs are peaking. The bears often move 20 miles in a single day. Simply put, using our 4 aircraft and boats we follow the migration of the bears that are following there food source. With us you are guaranteed to see bears and other wildlife. At the end of the day we take you back to the comforts of our lodge
We also have 12 boats in different locations, including the Katmai Coast.
Bush Flying Safaris
Our bush flying safaris will take your clients over glaciers, active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls and remote coast line. Coastal Grizzly Bears and Walrus are our specialty but we frequently see wolf, lynx, moose, beaver, caribou, breaching whales, dall sheep, seals, fox, sea otters, tundra swan, peregrine falcon and bald eagles.
Our experienced Alaska bush pilots and Guides will fly you to where the bears are. We make sure You are not stuck in one or two locations hoping grizzly bears or other wildlife will arrive. You never pay extra for the flying, all of the daily fly-outs are included in your trip package. there are no hidden costs!
Most photographers have seen the spectacular pictures of bears catching fish at Brooks Falls. Every bear lover should see Brooks once in there life. What many people don’t realize is that Brooks falls is a very crowded and not a wilderness experience. We visit Brooks falls often, as many of our guest request us to bring them there for one of the days they are with us. For true wilderness there are many other places with bears that we prefer to visit. The other big thing to remember is no single location consistently offers an abundance of bears and the timing of when the bears are there is variable and dependent on when the salmon decide to return each year. The salmon always return but sometimes the run can be 10 or even 15 days late or even early. Our exclusive lodge and trips are very different than those other wilderness lodges. That is why every year noted wildlife photographers Art Wolfe, Daryl Balfour, Gavriel Jecan, David Hemmings, Jess Lee and others join the Jacques family at the lodge to lead their wildlife workshops.
The life blood of remote Alaska Villages and remote wilderness access.
People that have not spent time in the Alaskan bush often do not understand the significance and importance of aircraft in Alaska. Most Villages in Alaska are not accessible by road, All the supplies, food, fuel and people get to the village by small aircraft or in coastal villages by boat and small aircraft. Alaska is 1/5 the size of the continental USA yet Los Angles county in California has more miles of roads than all of Alaska .
The remote Alaska villages will have a few miles of road usually to connect the airstrip and/or the harbor to the village post office and trading post. Virtually every village in Alaska has an airstrip of at least 2,500′ in length so they can land medium sized twin engine aircraft. These aircraft are the life blood of a villages.
The planes that serve the remote Villages of Alaska are a not off airport bush planes as the villages all have maintained airstrips. To get to remote places away from the villages there are only 2 ways to do it in the summer or fall. Boats or Bush planes on oversize tundra tires or on floats
With thousands of miles of no roads bush planes are the key to accessing the Alaska wilderness. It is
our skilled pilots and specialty aircraft that get us to the best of Alaska. Remember all the flying is
included in the package and you never pay extra for the daily fly-outs Our skilled pilots Bruce Johnson, Larry Rivers, and Ken Day each have more than 30 years of Alaska flying experience and have logged thousands of hours flying people into the remote regions of southwest and western Alaska. Our guests tell us “it just gets better every year”, unbelievable fishing, bear viewing, abundant wildlife, incredible flight seeing and all with the comfort and confidence of knowing guest safety is always put first.
Our Fleet of Aircraft
Our Fleet Aircraft are specialty built for off airport Bush Flying. That is how we accomplish access for our wilderness Photo safaris, wildlife adventures, fly fishing trips & seaplane tours.
The Beaver N458LJ Years ago we purchased her in Quebec city Quebec and flew her to Alaska where she has given us trouble free service. The incredible Dehavilland DHC-2 beaver is an 8 seat bush aircraft that is considered the best float plane ever built. Our beaver has flown all over Canada, Iceland and Alaska. In 2015 she got a new 9 cylinder Pratt & Whitney 450 Hp engine and a new set of upgraded floats. The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engined, high-wing, propeller-driven, STOL aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada, traveling at 105 MPH burning 25 gallons of AV gas per hour. primarily known as a bush plane. It is used for cargo and passenger hauling, aerial application (crop dusting and was widely adopted by armed forces as a utility aircraft. The United States Army purchased several hundred with some still in service with the U.S. Air Force for search and rescue.
N84JM is a C-206 Built in the USA in with a 300 HP engine. We operate it on tundra tires or floats
depending on what month of the summer it is. It is a comfortable 6 seat aircraft that cruses at 140 MPH.
N9726N is a PZL-104 Polish designed 4 seat aircraft built short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL)
It has a 280 HP 9 cylinder radial engine and cruses at 95 MPH. It is a fantastic plane for landing on beaches and tundra air strips. It as a favorite for aerial photography as it has huge windows.
The Super Cub
N82962 The Piper Super Cub is a PA-18 with 180 hp on 35” tundra tires. This is the ultimate off airport bush plane used to explore new landing spots. This plane has been in the family for over 30 years. She was totally restored to better than new condition in 2007. The Cub only caries 1 passenger and is the slowest of the fleet. The advantage of the cub is that it can safely land in places that no other plane could consider. We can do incredible things in this unique hot rod bush plane.
We affectionately call her Phoenix cub because of her colorful history.