Katmai and Lake Clark – Berens Custom

Katmai and Lake Clark – Berens Custom


July 2021


Lake Clark National Park





July 2021


Lake Clark National Park



Katmai and Lake Clark are exceptional wilderness areas on the Alaska Peninsula. Join us for a week of hiking, fishing, relaxation and, of course, bear viewing in our favorite parts of these parks. With great hiking, world class bear viewing, stunning geology and solitude that you can only find in Alaska it promises to be memorable.


Our first location will be our favorite beach in Katmai National Park. The Katmai Coast is like no other place on earth, boasting some of the highest densities of brown bears, and the largest brown bears in the world.

But bear viewing is just the tip of the iceberg for this 3 day adventure on the rugged coast of Katmai National Park. The rich waters of the North Pacific have carved long sandy beaches on this volcanic coast. Glacier encrusted peaks loom above rich grassy meadows, active volcanoes smoke in the distance, basalt cliffs shelter rocky harbors, and wildlife is everywhere.

From our camp in the flower-filled dunes, we can watch sea birds fish, observe Katmai bears feeding in the tide, hear glaciers cracking on the peaks to the north, and watch the dramatic weather move over this wild landscape.

Then it is on to Lake Clark for more hiking and camping in the mountains. Turquoise Lake lies in the very the heart of Lake Clark National Park and offers the best hiking in the region. Hiking from Twin Lakes is excellent either in the boreal forest or on the  gravelly ridges. Steep mountains, alpine tundra, rocky canyons and broad glacial valleys beckon us to explore. Dall sheep, caribou and moose along with a great diversity of bird life make the hiking all the more intriguing. We will have 2 full days to hike the mountains and enjoy the lake before heading to the tiny settlement of Port Alsworth for a final night.

Last updated: November 25, 2020


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

Day 0

Meet your guide in King Salmon for a pre-trip meeting at 6:30.

Day 1

Fly from King Salmon to the Pacific Coast of Katmai. Once camp is set up we can hike and explore the fascinating landscape in search of bears.

Day 2

We have a full day to explore the beach and meadows. We expect to see bears feeding in both areas. It is bound to be an amazing day.

Day 3

Pack-up camp and listen for the plane. If the weather is good we can fly right up the coast and you’ll have a hard time deciding whether you want to scan the river banks for bears or crane your neck to look inside the smoking volcano. The flight to Lake Clark National Park is spectacular! In Port Alsworth you’ll switch to a float plane for the final flight through the mountains to Turquoise Lake.

Days 4 and 5

Two full days to explore around the Lake. We will bring a couple of pack rafts with us so we can go out on the lake if the weather allows, and we can certainly head into the high country up among the boulders and Dall sheep.

Day 6

A float plane lands on the lake and we load ourselves and gear into it. Take a last photo and enjoy the quiet before our short flight to the town of Port Alsworth, Population 160. The plane brings us to The Farm Lodge run by the Alsworth Family and right on the shores of Lake Clark. From our base at the lodge you can explore the town, hike to the nearby falls, go to the park’s visitor center or just sit by the lake and take in the views

Day 7

Mid-morning fly to Anchorage via the spectacular Lake Clark Pass, where the trip concludes.

Michael listened to our descriptions of what we wanted in a trip and investigated the possibility of making that sort of trip happen. Unlike some other guide services, he was attuned to what we were saying and did not outright say he could not accommodate us because Arctic Wild only provided trips like X, Y, or Z. In my opinion, the major difference between Arctic Wild and the 4 other guide services I talked to was that Michael tried to design a trip meeting our trip objectives and wishes.

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Transportation starting in King Salmon and ending in Anchorage

Food while in the wilderness

One night at The Farm Lodge in Port Alsworth

Stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, base camp tent, safety & repair gear

Professional guide service

Big wilderness

Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included


Lodging in King Salmon or beyond one night in Port Alsworth

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear per our Equipment List

Photographic equipment

Gratuity for guide(s)


Temperatures vary dramatically in the Alaska. Temperatures will range from the 20s to 70s. Snow is possible any day of the year, but we get plenty of sunny weather this time of the year. Mosquitoes could be an issue in Lake Clark so bring a mosquito head net and a small bottle of DEET repellent just in case.


Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans;

The Bears of Katmai, Matthais Breiter

One Man’s Wilderness, Dick Proeneke

Ordinary Wolves, Seth Kantner

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"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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