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Katmai Bear Viewing

This YouTube video shows the entire Rust's  Alaska brown bear viewing trip to Katmai. It shows pictures from the float plane trip to Brooks Camp, the bears swimming, eating and fishing. There are also pictures of a rare wolf siting at Brooks Falls. Join Rust's and fly away for great Alaska bear viewing.

The federally-protected Katmai National Park and Preserve is world famous for Alaska brown bear viewing. Accessible only by air, this is Alaska wilderness in its rawest form.  

Our fly-out Katmai bear viewing adventure takes you to Brooks Falls, where three bear viewing platforms connected by elevated boardwalks allow for close, unobstructed and extraordinary bear viewing in Katmai National Park. In July, lured by spawning salmon, as many as fifty bears can be seen at once along the 1.5-mile Brooks River.

Katmai bear viewing at Brooks Falls is self guided, but Katmai National Park Rangers provide an initial briefing upon arrival and are available for questions. An on-site wait list for the Lower River bear viewing platform may be implemented when visitation reaches capacity, to ensure quality bear viewing. what this means is that sometimes the bearing viewing is crowded and the ranger may ask you to move to another platform. The is plenty of room in Katmai overall to see bears.

Flight Pattern
Departing from Lake Hood, Anchorage, we fly over Cook Inlet, the Alaska Range, remote islands, before landing on either Brooks or Naknek lake in Katmai National Park and Preserve.  Katmai is home to the world's largest population of Alaska brown bears and the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes – a forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano in 1912.  It should be mentioned that the smokes smoked out many years ago and the few smoking are only visible in an relatively inaccessible part of the park.

2013 Rates
$795/person (10-12 hours) plus $14.00 in additional Katmai National Park fees.

* Effective immediately, a 3% transportation tax will be collected on all flights.


The Katmai Bear Viewing Experience

  • Intimate two to three hour scenic flightseeing tour from Anchorage; flight times vary depending on weather and plane type.
  • Box lunch upon arrival at Katmai National Park
  • Katmai bear viewing at Brooks Falls – watch them catch jumping salmon!
  • Wildlife watching on return flight for beluga whales, moose and Dall sheep
  • See our U tube video in order to get pictures of the exact experience.
Depart Anchorage Return Anchorage
8 a.m. 6 to 8 p.m. Lunch provided

Times are approximate and are for general planning only;Rust’s will confirm at booking.

Your Katmai Bear Viewing Tour includes:

  • A window seat and 2-way headset; ask your pilot questions!
  • Detailed knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
  • Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety
  • Courtesy shuttle from the Anchorage airport and many Anchorage hotels

Why Choose Rust’s Katmai National Park Bear Viewing Tour?

  • Family-owned and operated since 1963
  • Unsurpassed safety record
  • Solid reputation in Alaska
  • Locally-named "Best Alaska Flightseeing Service"  and “Best Alaska Air Taxi”
  • Simply put, there is no comparable way to experience the grandeur of Alaska. 

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Give us a call toll free at 1-800-544-2299 to hear more from about the Lake Clark National Park Bear Viewing experience from a member of our crew.  Ready to go?  You can make a reservation request online.

Booking Information

Check in: Please check in at our Lake Hood Office 30 minutes prior to departure. For safety of weight and balance of the plane, we will need accurate weights of individuals or of the entire group.

Parking: There is free, although limited parking at the Rust Office. You will need to leave your car keys with the office.  Rust’s also picks up from major hotels.  You are welcome to leave baggage at the Rust office at no additional charge.

What to bring: Dress comfortably and in layers; Alaska weather can change dramatically. A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy, and cool in Katmai National Park and Preserve.   

Other information

Please be prepared to take lots of pictures, charge up the batteries, have extra film and/or storage space on your camera.  You may bring a light daypack with you.

On the Katmai bear viewing trip, there is some walking/hiking.  Depending on where the plane lands, there can be a 15 minute walk to the viewing platform.  The ground is generally level and even.  By ADA standards, none of our trips are accessible. We can often accommodate people depending on the nature of their disability. Our vans do not have wheelchair lifts.

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Alaska’s weather can change dramatically.  A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy and cold in the National Park. Please dress appropriately.  This includes layering your clothing, wearing comfortable shoes, and bringing rain gear.  The lodge is in a remote area accessible only by plane so many of the common comforts such as flush toilets and running water are not available.  Please be aware that medical care is not readily available. Views of pristine wilderness compensate for leaving “civilization” behind.

Prices and taxes may change without notice; trip length may vary depending on weather conditions and type of plane.  Please do not plan for tight airline connections after your trip.


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