Brown Bears of Lake Clark

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Location: Lake Clark National Park                                                  Cost: $7689

Dates: July 28-August 2, 2024 

Details: This is our most popular bear destination in Alaska and we are going in late July in hopes of photographing playful spring cubs! We start in Anchorage for a welcome dinner and fly to our comfortable lodge at Silver Salmon Creek in Lake Clark National Park to photograph coastal brown bears and their cubs. This time of year they graze on sedge grasses, dig for clams and start catching fish in the creek.  The bear density in this area is remarkable. We will spend our days photographing bears as well as  a morning photographing puffin by small boat.

This tour offers five days of bear photography instruction at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge.

What you will learn:

  • Wildlife photography techniques
  • How to photograph bears in their natural environment
  • How to photograph puffins and other seabirds
  • Editing in Lightroom and PhotoShop


Our group will be staying at the Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Lake Clark National Park  and these nights are included in your workshop fee. Only double occupancy in a shared room is available while at the lodge.  While in Anchorage our group will be in a hotel located near downtown.

Closest Airport: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport ANC

We will meet for the first time for an evening meeting in Anchorage  on Sunday, July 28. The workshop ends on August 2 in Anchorage in time for late night flights out of Anchorage.

Recommended camera gear:

  • 1-2 camera bodies (back up body recommended)
  • Lenses ranging from wide angle 24mm to 70-200mm
  • Wildlife telephoto lens – 300mm or more (200-500mm or similar works great)
  • Tripod
  • Polarizing filter
  • Laptop for editing and critique
  • Photo Backpack (with extra room)

Included in the fee:

  • Lodging in Anchorage for first night
  • Airplane service to and from Lake Clark National Park from Anchorage
  • Copy of Tom’s ebook Create Better Photographs
  • All meals while at the lodge

Participants will provide their own:

  • Hotel accommodation in Anchorage if spending the night on August 2
  • Meals while in Anchorage 
  • Round trip transportation to Anchorage, Alaska
  • Alcohol while at Silver Salmon Lodge
  • Gratuity for staff and guides while at lodge

Alaska Weather: Occasionally the weather in Alaska will cause travel delays.  This time can be used for editing images or photographing the area. This is a regular part of photographing in Alaska and may result in rescheduling flights or hotel stays at the participants’ expense. 

Know Before You Go: Rated Moderate. This trip involves walking from 1-3 miles per day in uneven terrain and getting in and out of vehicles frequently. A wildlife lens is recommended.

Deposit for Brown Bears of Lake Clark

July 2024


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