Brown Bears of Alaska – Lake Clark National Park

Join us on the journey of a lifetime this summer to photograph the majestic Brown Bears of Coastal Alaska.  Coastal Brown Bears are massive with adult boars regularly reaching weights of 1200 pounds as they gorge on salmon, clams & sedges on the stunning coastline of the Alaskan Peninsula. Our trip takes us to the shores of Lake Clark National Park where we will spend several days at a beautiful beach-front camp in the wilderness amongst the great bears. Lake Clark National Park is remote and about 150 air miles from Anchorage. There are no roads leading into the park and the only access is by bush-plane!

On this 5-day Tour / Workshop we will be immersed in Brown Bear Photography from the beginning until the end. The bears are extremely active in June along the coast as they gorge on abundant sedges and dig for clams. The bears congregate in food-rich locations along the coast of the Alaskan Peninsula every year after snowmelt to fatten up after their long hibernation.

On this trip you can often photograph 30-40 bears in one area as they fish, play and wrestle. Cubs of the year are still tiny this time of year and our Eco-Lodge is in a prime location to view and photograph mother’s as they walk along the shoreline with up to three cubs. Incredible images of giant Alaskan mountain back-drops are possible along the coast of Lake Clark National Park.

We’ll spend three nights at a beautiful Eco-Lodge along the coast of Lake Clark to maximize our photography during peak lighting conditions. Being right there gives us excellent access to the action going on around the bay and you will be able to capture thousands of excellent Brown Bear Photographs in just a few short days. Fantastic, full-frame images are possible with lenses ranging from 300mm to 400mm. Aside from Brown Bears we may also have the opportunity to photograph other species such as Moose, Fox, Wolf, Bald Eagles, Sea Otters and Harbor Seals

Ready for Lake Clark? Join us this summer for the most spectacular coastal Brown Bear Photography Experience in Alaska!


  • Small groups
  • Stunning wilderness setting
  • Incredible mountain & coastal scenery
  • Beautiful Eco-Lodge
  • Incredibly high concentration of Brown Bears
  • Lake Clark National Park in the summer
  • All Inclusive Trip with our own Gourmet Camp Chef
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Brown Bears of Alaska – Lake Clark National Park

5 Days

Trip Price: $5495 double occupancy

+$200 single occupancy (Anchorage only – there are no single accommodations on-location)

Deposit: $2000

Fitness Level: Moderate – “Daily hikes on dirt trails & beach with your camera gear to view & photograph bears”

Meals: Dinner Day 1 through lunch Day 5

Lodging: 4 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: Anchorage, Alaska

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Mountain Time


Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the more choices you’ll have on dates and you’ll lock-in our lowest prices! Plus you can always change your mind – you won’t be charged to switch to a different trip before your final payment is due!

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Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a daypack.

Group Size
This trip is limited to ten participants

We will be staying at a hotel in Anchorage, Alaska on the first night of the trip and at a beautiful rustic wilderness Eco-Lodge for the rest of the trip. Our lodge is situated along the coast of Lake Clark National Park and features a private chef, professional bear guides, comfortable beds and sturdy weather-port tents with heaters in each room.

Most meals are included during the trip dates. We’ll have a group dinner in Anchorage the first night and then be eating fantastic meals at our Eco-Lodge after that. The food is fantastic!

The weather on the Alaskan Peninsula is variable in the fall. In past years we have had everything from beautiful, sunny fall days to overcast with light rain. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 50-60 Fahrenheit range and evenings are usually in the 40-50 Fahrenheit range. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Meals, ground transportation, bush plane to/from Lake Clark National Park, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare to/from Anchorage, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities


Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1 (Travel Day)(D)

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska this evening for orientation and welcome dinner.

Day 2 (B, L, D)

Today we will board a bush plane for the coast of the Alaskan Peninsula. After a safety briefing we will begin photographing Brown Bears! We’ll spend the entire rest of the day photographing the bears as the run, swim, fight & fish the streams. Evenings our spent at our beautiful but rustic Eco-Lodge.

Days 3-4 (B,L,D)

Full Days of hiking & photography as we witness the spectacle of the great bears along the coast of Lake Clark National Park!

Day 5 (B, L)

We’ll have a morning session of photography during magic hour lighting and then have a delicious breakfast before we board the bush plane for mainland Alaska. After arriving on the Kenai Peninsula we will have the opportunity to take showers and relax. You can book flights home any time after 7pm out of Anchorage.

Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena.

“Russ runs an incredible Bear Workshop in Alaska. Safety is evident and paramount in the operation but it is also fun and informative. You will learn a lot about wildlife photography by traveling with Backcountry Journeys. The camp is well-built and very comfortable and the meals are REALLY GOOD!”

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