GUIDED ALASKA Inactive Private Trips

Canoeing in Katmai National Park

Katmai Canoe – Savonoski

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DATES

July 12, 2020 - July 19, 2020
region

REGION

Katmai National Park
price

TRIP COST

$5,400

This is the perfect Katmai Canoe Trip. Katmai National Park is among the richest ecosystems on earth. Millions of salmon swim inland to feed the world’s largest bears and Alaska’s largest lakes sprawl between volcanic peaks. Enjoy Katmai’s Savonoski Loop with Arctic Wild.

TRIP DETAILS

Last updated: October 23, 2019

Itinerary

What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

July 11

Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting at 5 pm in King Salmon. 

July 12

After a visit to the excellent park service visitor center we board a float plane and fly to Colville Lake.  Once the plane is unloaded we will assemble the canoes and paddle several miles to make a nice, secluded camp on a pebbly beach.  We’ll spend the rest of the evening settling into our surroundings.

July 13 - 17

We have 80 miles to go and time to enjoy it.  We’ll be paddling up to six hours a day, stopping several times to stretch, snack, hike, and explore.

We’ll paddle across Colville Lake and into Grosvenor Lake, a long finger of a lake curving beneath tall mountains, a hidden jewel with secret creeks full of salmon. Snow capped volcanoes loom in the distance. At the very tip of the lake, we will descend a creek that empties into the Savonoski River. From here, we’re paddling swift water in a vast open plain of river gravels. The views are stunning as we enter Naknek Lake, gray with glacial silt and dotted with floating rocks (pumice).

We will spend time fishing the lakes and rivers, swapping stories around beach fires, and watching bears feed, swim and interact with each other.

July 18

Paddle the last few miles to Brooks Camp and unload our gear. We spend our last night of the trip in Brooks Camp, the Katmai National Park campground and will have the afternoon to watch bears from the platforms overlooking the world famous Brooks Falls.

July 19

After a last walk up to Brooks Falls, we meet our plane and depart Brooks Camp. We fly back to King Salmon, arriving late in the evening.  Change socks!

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA

DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Transportation beyond King Salmon

Food while in the wilderness

Stoves, cooking & eating utensils

Boats, paddles, life jackets

Safety & repair gear

Professional guide service

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear per our equipment list

Fishing gear, and fishing license

Gratuity for guide(s)

Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild

WEATHER & BUGS

Temperatures vary from the 60’s to the low 40’s.  Rain is assured.  There could be bugs, you should pack a headnet and DEET bug repellent.

RECOMMENDED READING

Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans; The Bears of Katmai, Matthais Breiter; Path of the Paddle, Bill Mason. More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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