Katmai Wilderness Lodge: Bear Watching in Alaska

Phone: 1-800-488-8767 or 907-486-8767

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How do I get to Katmai Wilderness Lodge?

From Anchorage, simply travel to Kodiak, Alaska via either Alaska Airlines, (www.alaskaair.com), or via RAVN Alaska, (www.flyravn.com). There, a trusted representative from our floatplane charter company will meet and accompany you to the plane base in Kodiak for your quick flight to Katmai Lodge.

 

How long is the floatplane flight from Kodiak to the lodge?

The floatplane ride from Kodiak to the lodge takes about 45 minutes.

 

Are there luggage restrictions?

We ask you to limit your total weight of baggage in and out of the lodge to less than 50 pounds per person. Soft-sided duffel-style bags are recommended, for easy packing inside Alaska’s classic “bush planes.”

 

Any additional planes or cost incurred by excess luggage weight is solely the guest’s responsibility. The floatplane carrier’s office offers convenient luggage storage for any additional baggage you won’t need while at Katmai, available for quick pickup upon your return to Kodiak.

 

Does weather ever delay flights to Katmai Wilderness Lodge?

Weather delays are a realistic consideration when traveling throughout Alaska, so we strongly recommend securing Travel Insurance for your Alaska vacation.

 

We highly advise arriving in Kodiak one day prior to your lodge departure – avoiding any tight scheduling difficulties or weather delays. If you plan to fly from Kodiak to Anchorage the same day as departing the lodge at the end of your stay, we recommend reserving the 4:50 pm or later flights. Please do not reserve the 3:20 pm RAVN flight departing Kodiak when returning to Anchorage on the same day as your departure from Katmai Wilderness Lodge.

 

How far from the lodge is the bear viewing area?

While bears are frequently seen right in the lodge area, most of your bear viewing takes place a short boat ride from the lodge, in the surrounding bay.

 

Will we see other animals in addition to bears?

While Brown Bears take center stage at Katmai Wilderness Lodge, our area is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking wildlife. Here at Katmai, we frequently encounter sea otters, river otters, and seals, and on special occasions, you may see whales, wolves, fox, and moose. Because Katmai is on the ocean, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see both marine bird life, and the majestic Bald Eagle.

 

Are there hiking opportunities at the lodge?

Hiking is primarily limited to beach areas during low tide. Because of abundant wild plant life, the area’s vegetation is very thick, and most of the real trails are bear trails – used by bears themselves.

How much walking is required while viewing wildlife?

One should be able to walk at least one mile on ungroomed trails.  If you have walking limitations, please let us know upon inquiry and we can advise you to a timeframe with less walking due to the tidal fluctuations in our area.

 

Does Katmai Wilderness Lodge provide alcoholic beverages?

Domestic beer and wine are served complimentary with meals. If you have special preferences, we ask that you purchase prior to departing for the lodge. There are plenty of stores right in downtown Kodiak for picking up your desired wine, beer, or spirits.

 

What can I do while in Kodiak?

Kodiak is a beautiful, small town with a rich history influenced by Native Culture, Russian ERA, World War II, USCG, and is home to a rich fishing industry and Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to friendly locals, the town boasts several wonderful museums, restaurants, and shops – all within convenient walking distance of downtown hotels.

 

Will I need rain gear of rubber boots?

For your convenience, the lodge provides you rain gear and rubber hip waders for your daily excursions in the field. If you have special size requirements, please contact the lodge – we may encourage you to bring your own gear along with you.

 

What is recommended packing list for visitors?

We recommend you bring camera, memory cards, binoculars, and a small backpack for the field. Pack fleece or synthetic clothing for layering (shirt/long underwear), hat, and light gloves. You’ll need a set of clothing for the field, one for lounging around the lodge, and a traveling set. Slippers are nice for the lodge area and your room. Pack sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, personal bath kit (shampoo, toothbrush, razor, etc.), if a blow dryer is needed, please bring a small travel dryer with a “low wattage setting”. Because solar panels and wind generators power Katmai Wilderness Lodge, we ask that you use only energy efficient electrical devices.  

 

What is your deposit, cancellation, and refund policy?

Upon making your reservation, we ask a US $500.00 per person, non-refundable deposit for each member of a client’s party, due within 30 days to secure requested reservation dates. In the event of a cancellation, a paid deposit will not be refunded, but may be used on a one-time basis to secure a future reservation the following year. Client shall pay the remaining balance owed 60 days prior to scheduled reservation, or by May 1st, whichever comes first. If the lodge is notified of a cancellation 60 days prior to a client’s scheduled arrival date, 50% of the remaining balance due shall be refunded (this is the total due after the non-refundable deposit of $500 per person). Otherwise, client shall not be entitled to a refund.

 

We love to hear from you – give us a call or send us an email with any additional questions. 

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