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Visit Katmai National Park

King Salmon Lodge (KSL) is fortunate to border Katmai National Park and Preserve.  KSL is quickly becoming the preferred choice for deluxe overnight accommodations for day-trips into Katmai National Park, as well as multiple day-trips into the park.  Stay and dine with us at the lodge and enjoy short scenic day-trips by float plane into Katmai National Park.  


Katmai was originally established as a monument in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Mount Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.  Today the Valley offers a chance to explore a landscape created by the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The beauty, scale, wildness and mystery of the Valley make it one of the best places in the world to study the power of volcanic eruptions, but it also protects 9,000 years of human history as well as important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears.

Guided Photo Safari with Mark Emery


Your guided photo safari may include Alaska's natural wonders such as migratory birds, fish and other wildlife, scenery, sunsets, wildflowers and of course, the majestic brown bear. Many visitors to the area are surprised to find unexpected photographic beauty in historic graveyards, abandoned canneries and commercial fishing boats. 

Photographer's Paradise


In the land of the “Midnight Sun” with long daylight hours, photo opportunities are endless.  Our friend and wildlife enthusiast Mark Emery has been following, filming and photographing Alaska’s nature for over 30 years.  Mark has produced films documenting the wonders of this area, including the commercial fishing industry, spawning salmon and Alaska brown bears.  An Emmy award-winning cinematographer, Mark enjoys sharing all that Southwest Alaska has to offer, and he is happy to share his love of photography with you, our guest.  Please contact us for booking information to join Mark in the field as he leads you to the bears and explains their behavior to safely capture that shot of a lifetime. 

Bears & Wildlife Viewing

King Salmon Lodge is a short scenic 15 minute float plane flight to Katmai National Park, where you can observe Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears or visit the fabulous Valley of 10,000 Smokes.  Acre for acre, nothing compares to the majestic beauty of Katmai National Park.


Landing at Brooks Camp you can view brown bears in their natural habitat, including the world-renowned Brooks Falls. Watch as bears stand atop the falls and grab jumping salmon right out of the air.  It's a wildlife photographer's and outdoor enthusiast's dream come true.