FAQ

 We will be open for the 2022 season.

We are 100% committed to both our Clients and Staff.

We are following COVID-19 safety protocols.

 

As we all know the worldwide pandemic has severely affected people in all walks of life.

Since late January we have been actively working with both state, federal government, and local village elders. Our decision to open the lodge has been made with carful safety consideration.

By following COVID-19 safety protocols we are able to open for 2022

Since 1978 our business has endured volcanic eruptions, earth quakes, droughts, floods, recessions, and the no-fly restrictions of 9-11.  We have never failed to fulfill a single contract with our clients and have always made payroll for our staff.  We will continue to provide the trips we have promised to our clients and keep our staff working.

Most of our trips fill up years in advance. 25% of our clients are from overseas, and with international travel restrictions some of our clients simply cannot get to Alaska in 2020. This has created openings during the peak season.

Give us a call as we are offering some very special once in a lifetime deals.

2022 Rates

5 Days, 5 Nights at the Lodge, with Daily Guided Adventures and all Inclusive Fly-Outs $6,980.00

6 Days, 6 Nights at the Lodge, with Daily Guided Adventures and all Inclusive Fly-Outs $7,980.00

7 Days, 6 Nights, Guided Glamping $4,480.00

The chart below represents 41 years of wildlife study & over 100 aerial surveys, it will help your decision of when to visit.

2021 Schedule updated 04/22/2021

2021 price $6,480.00 per person

5/26 to 6/2         6  Openings           6 Day 6 Night Trip
June 2-8            5  Openings           6 Day 6 Night Trip
June 8-14          Full                     6 Day 6 Night Trip
June 15-21        Full                     6 Day 6 Night Trip
June 24-29        Full                      5 Day 5 Night Trip
July 1- 7             Full                     5 Day 5 Night Trip
July 7-10            Full                     5 Day 5 Night Trip
July-11-16          Full                     5 Day 5 Night Trip
July 16-22         Full                     5 Day 5 Night Trip
July 22- 27         Full                     5 Day 5 Night Trip
July 28-Aug 2     Full                     5 Day 5 Night Trip
Aug 2-7              Full                     5 Day 5 Night Trip
Aug 7-13            3 openings        5 Day 5 Night Trip
Aug 14-19          2 openings        5 Day 5 Night Trip
Aug 20-25          Full                     5 Day 5 Night Trip
August 25-30     2 openings        5 Day 5 Night Trip
Aug 31- Sept 6  Full                      6 Day 6 Night Trip
Sept 6-12           Full                     6 Day 6 Night Trip
Sept 13-19         Full                     6 Day 6 Night Trip
Sept 20-26         6 Openings        6 Day 6 Night Trip
Sept 27-Oct 3        5  Openings       6 Day 6 Night Trip

2022 Schedule updated 04/22/2021

2022 price $6,980.00 per person

May 20-26 7  Openings
June 2-7, 2022 Full
June 8-13 8  Openings
June 14-21 12 Openings
June 23-29  4  Openings
July 1-7  6  Openings
July-8-13 ?? Open??
July 14-19 Full
July 20-25 Full  
July 26-Aug 1 Full   
August 3-8 Full
August 8-13 Full
Aug 14-19 2  Openings
Aug 20-25 Full
August 26-31 Full  
Sept 1- 7 Full
Sept 8-14 12 openings
Sept 14-20 12 openings
Sept 20-26 10 Openings
Sept 27-Oct 3 6 openings

Our chart should help you make your decision of when to visit.. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1 What is Alaska Grizzly Safaris & Jacques Adventure Lodge?

First & Foremost: we are a Destination Lodge & Guide Service for Photographers Specializing in Remote Wilderness Photo Safaris for Grizzly Bears, Walrus, Wolves and Dall Sheep. We include daily bush flying adventures into the wildest wilderness on Earth. Your host, Jerry Jacques, has been guiding Photographers in Alaska since 1978. The Lodge is family run and environmentally friendly. We are NOT a large adventure company doing trips all over the world. We are NOT a hunting, fishing lodge or air service booking photographers in their slow seasons. We Are Alaska's Bear Experts!

We do one thing: Provide Wildlife Photographers & Adventure Travelers the best Grizzly Bear Experience in Alaska.

2 What aircraft do we operate?

We own a total 5 aircraft, Two DeHavlland Beavers on floats each with 8 seat capacity.
1 six seat Cessna ,1 Areonca Sedan on 31” tundra tires & 1 Piper Super Cub on 35” tundra tires, which is Jerry's personal airplane.
Our aircraft are always standing by Just to fly our guest to over 127 different locations.
You will have Exclusive use of the aircraft that are always with you or at the lodge waiting for you.

3 Where are you located and how do I get there?

Located in the wildest part of Alaska on the North shore of Lake Iliamna (Alaska's largest lake) Surrounded by 18 million acres of wilderness, accessible only by bush plane. The lodge is nestled between Katmai & Lake Clark National Parks. To get to the Lodge make flight arrangements from Anchorage to the Village of Iliamna with Iliamna Air (907- 571-1248). Round trip cost is $470. At the Iliamana airport, you will be met by our lodge staff and transferred to the lodge.

4 Is there a weight limit on baggage and Do I have to worry about arrival or departure delays?

No weight limit! Your first 60 pounds of baggage is free. $1.60 per pound excess baggage fee charged by the air service for anything over 60 LBS. There is no limit as to how much you can bring. Iliamna Airport is very unique remote airport. A instrument approach makes your arrival & Departure is extremely reliable. In the last 10 years every guest has arrived and departed on their scheduled day.

5 How many guest are at the lodge?

Only 8-12 guests at the lodge each week. We prefer the dynamics of a small, personalized operation so we can customize each day's activities to best accommodate our guests. We split into 2 or 3 groups each day. 1 guide with every group.

6 How physically demanding are the wildlife safaris & What is the weather like?

Our trips are Moderate to Difficult You should be able to walk at least 4 miles a day. Average Temperature will be 50-65 F.

7 Meals?

The lodge has a long standing reputation for fine dining. Meals prepared fresh, daily under the experienced eye of our chef. We cater to both meat lovers and vegetarians. If you have allergy restrictions, please call our chef at least 3 weeks before your arrival so the she can have the supplies on hand to meet your needs. (907) 571-6524

8 What are the accommodations like?

The main lodge is on the shore of the lake Iliamna & the gathering place for our guests. You'll enjoy the warmth and atmosphere around the stone fireplace reliving the day's adventure, project images on a large screen, play pool, and plan tomorrow's adventures all while taking in a 180 degree panoramic view of Alaska's largest lake and the glacial filled mountains of the Alaska Peninsula. We have 6 comfortable cedar guest cabins each cabin has a private bathroom with unlimited hot water. There are 2 full sized beds in each cabin and you should expect double occupancy. Powered by a small hydro project Cabins have full time electricity, to charge batteries, hair dryers or power a CPAP machine all night.

9 What is and is not included in the trip Package?

We are photographers & adventure travelers ourselves; our pet peeve is having hidden cost at the end of the trip.
Included in the trip Package' All the daily bush flights, boat trips, raft trips, food, lodging, guides, maid service, waders, and camera tripods are included in the trip price. Not included in the trip Package' airline flight between Anchorage & Iliamna Airport. staff gratuities & alcohol are not included, We are in a Dry County you must bring your own alcohol.

10 Is there Hiking?

Yes! From the lodge there are hiking trails for every ability level. We can get you to any terrain you desire; from High Alpine tundra to 50-mile-long black sand beaches.

11 Is it Safe?

For 41 years we have been leading wilderness trips in Alaska. We have guided 7,896 clients and never had one of our clients seriously injured. We take aircraft safety, boat safety and bear safety very seriously. We believe that we have the best trained guides and pilots in the industry and our safety record reflects that. Even with our perfect safety record there is still the risk of injury or death any time you are traveling in the wilds of Alaska. our insurance company requires all of our guest to read and sign an assumption of risk/ liability release form before participating.

12 How close do we get to the Bears?

Bears are individuals just like people. Each bear has different tolerance levels for how close it will be comfortable with us approaching it. We often approach to 50 yards and bears will occasionally wander past us as close as 15 yards. Our guides are able to read the bears' body language and know just how close is a safe distance. We have many bears that we have identified and watched for years. There are a few sows that we have watched raising 3 generations of cubs. These Momma bears learned that we are not a threat to their cubs and often come lay down to nurse very close to us.

13 Does the lodge have Internet and Phone service?

Cell Phones will not work. There is a lodge satellite phone that you are free to use for non international calls. Our satellite Internet has room only for the lodge computer and very limited bandwidth. Only emails that do not have attachments can be sent or received. Guest are free to use the lodge computer but personal laptops can access the internet..

14 What happens if there is a medical emergency?

We are in remote Alaska but are incredibility fortunate to have a fully equipped medical clinic 7 miles from the lodge accessible 24 hours a day, emergency evacuations are always available. Guides carry Satellite phones during the day.

15 Mosquitoes? How bad are they?

During the day insects are not normally a problem in the evenings they do come out and a little dose of repellent will do the trick. If you are particularly sensitive bring a head net for late evenings and you will be fine.

16 What Clothing do I need?

Typical clothing consists of synthetic long underwear, fleece jacket and pants, wool or synthetic sweater, a good rain jacket (100% waterproof) and plenty of socks, Bring along a warm hat and day pack to carry your lunch and personal gear.. Dress at the lodge is casual.

17 What footwear do I need?

We will provide you with Gortex waders & wading boots. This gear will give you the ability to wade through streams or sit in a puddle while keeping you dry and comfortable. For Sheep and Walrus bring good hiking boots.

18 What lenses and other photo gear to bring?

A 100-400 F4.5 is a perfect lenses for Grizzly. For Dall Sheep or Wolf a 150-600 or 500 is recommended. Bring a rain cover for the body and lenses. Tripod is also recommended. Tripods are a pain to travel with. We have Manfrotto 3221 tripods, Bring your own head and you are set. We do have a few gimbal heads that are also available to use. We are proud to endorse Hunts Photo.

19 Gratuities

Our lodge staff, guides and pilots work extremely hard for our guests. They work as a team to make your trip a successful, comfortable, enjoyable and safe experience. The guides & pilots with you every day are in the limelight. Less noticed is the support staff, kitchen, housekeeping and maintenance who are all equally important. Inevitably we get asked what is customary regarding tipping and who to tip. As we said our staff is a team as such they split all tips equally. 8-12 percent of the package cost per person seems to be the average. For people attending photo workshops $500.00 per guest seems to be the average. Of course Tipping is always always dependent on how you feel you were treated. Gratuities can be left with the lodge manager who will divvy it equally to the crew.

20 How To Book Your Trip

To confirm reservations, we require a 50% deposit. The balance is due upon your arrival at the lodge. Due to our short season of operation and inability to fill empty space at the last minute we cannot offer refunds on deposits. Dates can be changed during the same year without penalty based on our availability. We strongly recommend trip insurance. We have heard good things of Squaremouth Travel (800) 240-0369. They are open 24-7 Deposit checks should be made out to Jacques Adventures. Space is available on a first deposit, first reserved basis. When making reservations more than 1 year in advance a $1,000.00 per person deposit is required to secure space. Please note that the lodge can not accept credit cards so please use cash, travelers checks or personal checks.