Southwest - Kodiak - Katmai National Park

Bears, Pribilof Island Birding, Ring of Fire, Lake Clark & Katmai, Aleutian Islands

Alaska’s Southwest region includes the Aleutian Islands, the Yukon and Kuskokwim River deltas, and the Alaska Peninsula. This area is particularly famous among birders and brown bear wildlife photographers. Each year, dozens of rare bird species fly through Southwest Alaska on their migration route to summer in the Arctic. Large brown bears are consistently spotted at such locations as Brooks Falls, McNeil River and Lake Clark, drawing wildlife enthusiasts from around the world.

The Southwest region of Alaska is part of the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” and is dotted with volcanoes. The largest eruption in North America occurred at Novarupta Volcano in Katmai National Park in 1912. Mt. Redoubt has been recently active, as well as Mt. St. Augustine and Mt. Kasatochi.

The two national parks in Alaska’s Southwest are Lake Clark National Park and Katmai National Park. Both parks are renowned for fishing and bear viewing. Brooks Falls, located in Katmai National Park gives visitors the chance to see bears fishing for salmon at the top of a waterfall. Numerous other nationally and state protected lands keep much of Southwest Alaska wild. The communities in this area are predominantly Alaska Native villages with communities including the Aleut, Alutiiq, and Yupik tribes.

Fishing in Alaska, including crabbing as seen on the Deadliest Catch television show on the Discovery Channel, is a major industry in the region. Alaska fishing lodges, such as Zachar Bay Lodge, offer both an excellent opportunity to fish in Alaska’s wild waters, but also to see the abundant wildlife.

There are no roads connecting southwest Alaska to the rest of the state. While there is limited state ferry service and some cruise ships visit this region, the vast majority of visitors fly from Anchorage or Homer to their destination. There is scheduled air service to Dutch Harbor, Adak, Kodiak, King Salmon, and St. Paul on the Pribilof Islands. Private lodges, bear viewing areas, and remote fishing streams can only be accessed by float planes and bush planes.

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Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $819 / per person

Depart from Anchorage by plane for a 90-minute scenic flight southwest over Cook Inlet toward the Chigmit Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska and Aleutian Mountain Ranges... View Tour Details

Duration: 4 Days
Starting at: $4999 / per person

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is located in the heart of the 1.9 million acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Karluk Lake. The Kodiak Refuge is on one of the most productive... View Tour Details

Duration: 2 Days
Starting at: $1385 / per person

Redoubt Bay Lodge is a rustic nature lodge located 50 miles southwest of Anchorage at the entrance to Lake Clark Pass on the shores of Cook Inlet. This classic Alaska adventure lodge... View Tour Details

Duration: 2 Days
Starting at: $1116 / per person

Alaska Homestead Lodge is nestled at the foot of Mt. Iliamna in Lake Clark National Park and near Silver Salmon Creek, a place of unsurpassed beauty. The lodge is reached via airplane... View Tour Details

Duration: 4 Days
Starting at: $2859 / per person

Zachar Bay is located in the heart of Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge. Zachar Bay is the perfect nature lodge for a great Alaskan wilderness vacation. You can choose daily... View Tour Details

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $2375 / per person

A vacation to St. Paul and the Pribilof Islands is truly a unique way to experience Alaska as well as an iconic Alaska birding destination. These two volcanic Alaskan islands are... View Tour Details

Duration: 2 Days
Starting at: $1519 / per person

This 2-day Kodiak Island Alaska tour combines exploring Kodiak by car, or a guided sightseeing excursion, and bear viewing alongside an expert pilot/guide. Kodiak Island has... View Tour Details

Duration: 2 Days
Starting at: $1267 / per person

This Alaska tour at Brooks Lodge focuses on the experience of staying inside Katmai National Park and the natural wonders this area has to offer. Brooks Falls and Brooks Lodge are... View Tour Details

Duration: 5 Days
Starting at: $4579 / per person

Katmai Wilderness Lodge, located on the Katmai Coast and in Katmai National Park offers one of the most unique bear viewing experiences in Alaska. Imagine being able to safely stay at... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $839 / per person

This full-day Alaska bear viewing trip from Anchorage to Redoubt Bay Lodge is everything you’d expect and more! Depart Anchorage by seaplane for a one-hour flight along a... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $723 / per person

Redoubt Bay is one of the easiest and most accessible locations for bear viewing from Anchorage. This half-day bear viewing trip to Redoubt Bay Lodge is the perfect adventure to... View Tour Details