Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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How do I get to Katmai Wilderness Lodge?

From Anchorage, simply travel to Kodiak, Alaska via Alaska Airlines, ( 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 costs incurred by excess luggage weight are solely the guest’s responsibility. The float plane carrier’s office offers convenient luggage storage for any additional baggage you won’t need while at Katmai, available for quick pick up 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 before 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 a flight to Anchorage that leaves Kodiak at 4:45 p.m. or later flights.

How far from the lodge is the bear viewing area?

While bears are often 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 limited primarily to beach areas during low tide. Because of abundant wild plant life, the area’s vegetation is very thick, and most of the 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.

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 is a liquor store 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 (United States Coast Guard), 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/charger, binoculars, reusable water bottle, and a small backpack for the field. Pack fleece or synthetic clothing for layering (shirt/long underwear), wool/synthetic socks, 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 for 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 before scheduled reservation, or by April 15th, whichever comes first.

If the lodge is notified of a cancellation outside of 60 days before 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.

bear viewing in Alaska

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Experience unparalleled bear viewing in Alaska at Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Katmai Wilderness Lodge is situated in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. This extraordinary lodge serves as the epitome of Alaska bear lodges, immersing visitors in captivating wildlife encounters amidst breathtaking landscapes. Discover the raw beauty of Alaska's untamed wilderness, where majestic bears roam freely. With comfortable accommodations and exclusive access to prime bear-viewing locations, Katmai Wilderness Lodge assures an unforgettable adventure for those seeking an authentic Alaskan bear-watching experience. From eagles to otters along the coast of Katmai National Park, our lodge is home to a diverse array of species, ensuring a trip of a lifetime. Explore the vibrant flora of Alaska, indulge in fine dining with our nationally renowned chef, and relax in one of our seven charming and well-appointed cabins.

Bear viewing in Alaska


The best Alaska bear lodge! You will see bears,  eagles, sea otters, moose, and many other species call Katmai National Park home.

flora of Alaska


From colorful lichen to fields drenched in blankets of fuchsia Fireweed, over 700 species of plants prosper in this complex ecosystem.

Alaska bear guides


Our lead guide has over 40 years experience in the area. You are certain to have a trip of a lifetime!

Fine Dining & Alaskan Cuisine


Our chef is nationally renowned for excellence in the kitchen. His presentations will delight your senses!

Alaska Bear Viewing Lodge


Rustic elegance, and well appointed. You'll feel right at home in one of our seven beautiful cabins.