Our Destination: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Lake Clark has been called “the essence of Alaska”, for it concentrates in a relatively small area of the Alaska Peninsula, Southwest of Anchorage, a variety of features not found together in any of the other Alaska Parks: the junction of three mountain ranges, (the Alaska Range from the North, the Aleutian Range from the South, and the park’s own rugged Chigmit Mountains), two active volcanoes (Iliamna and Redoubt), a coastline with rainforests on the East, a plateau with tundra on the West, and turquoise lakes. No roads lead to Lake Clark. This park can only be reached by boat and small aircraft. The park, one of the least visited in the National Park System, presents its few visitors a wonderful opportunity to experience true northern wilderness.
Our professionally trained guide will locate and drive us, via ATV and comfortable buggy, to the bears which are usually no further then 10-15 minutes from our lodge or at times, right in our backyards. Your guides will work closely together to put you in the best possible position to capture memorable images. The Coastal Brown bears in this area have access to large food sources (sedge grasses, razor clams and salmon when in season) and for this reason, don’t see us as part of their diet. Our guide’s primary mission is keeping us safe, bringing us in the best position while not disturbing the bears. It’s a fine balance and these guides are experts in this area. Although coastal brown bears will be our main focus, we will also go visit and photograph, via boat, a puffin and muir rookery Island for a half day trip (weather permitting). You may also have an opportunity to photograph bald eagles, a variety of songbirds, black bears, porcupines and more at this location. You will be immersed in a true Alaskan wilderness adventure!
Alaska has approximately 21 hours of daylight in June which means plenty of time in the field. Our goal is to observe and photograph mother and cub interactions (cubs playing and nursing), courting behaviours, bears digging and eating razor clams during low tide, feeding on sedge grass and much more.
Along with the magnificent volcanic mountain ranges as backdrop, acres and acres of beautiful sedge grass fields and infinite coast line, our photographic opportunities are endless. Your portfolio will range from full frame bear images to “bearscape” images, and everything in between.