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.
From Beluga whales in the springtime to migratory birds, bald eagles, brown bears, moose, otters and sea lions throughout the summer and the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights in the fall, there are many wonderful opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike. You may enjoy a peaceful float on our kayaks, take a scenic 15 minute float-plane flight into Katmai National Park to see brown bears or experience an adventurous private helicopter tour - one guest this past summer proposed to his sweetheart on a romantic helicopter flight with Egli Air.
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.
Activities for our Guests
The best of both worlds…comfortable lodging and wildlife viewing. A short flight from Anchorage and only 1.5 miles from the King Salmon airport, we are perfectly situated in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska on the bank of the Naknek River. Guests enjoying dinner and cocktails in our riverside dining room and on our expansive outdoor deck have been delighted with wildlife passing by the lodge. In a TripAdvisor review, a guest from Chicago called the lodge a “Gourmet Wilderness”. He said,
"I visited the lodge for a week of bear photography in late July of 2014. My room had a great view. I actually set up my tripod in the room to capture the fire red sunset under the storm clouds at midnight and the migrating birds. The room was spacious, clean and offered a large bathroom. The grounds along the river are lovely and I saw a bear and two bald eagles from the deck.”
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 see Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears or 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.
commented on TripAdvisor, “Matt and Saundra and the entire
staff at the King Salmon Lodge do a great job. The guides they arranged were fantastic. Big shout out to Mark Emery who takes you on a great photo shoot. Highly recommended!”