Katmai Adventure Tour - Kulik Lodge

Experience Guided Bear Viewing Away from the Crowds

Price per person: starts at $3,995

Superb bear viewing is available adjacent to the lodge on Kulik River. Its gin clear water and gravel bottom make an ideal spawning ground for the abundance of salmon every fall, providing the bears with an easy meal.

Dates: Sep 14 - Sep 27, 2019
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Tour Description

Kulik Lodge is Alaska's premier lodge destination, located in a spectacular wilderness setting. Superb bear viewing is available adjacent to the lodge on Kulik River. Its gin clear water and gravel bottom make an ideal spawning ground for the abundance of salmon every fall, providing the bears with an easy meal. Come experience guided bear viewing on Kulik River away from the crowds, for an adventure not experienced by most.

Kulik Lodge has 10 comfortable guest cabins each accommodating two people and 2 large family cabins which can accommodate up to four. All 12 of the Kulik Lodge guest cabins have a private bath. The native spruce lodge building boasts a large stone fireplace, dining area and bar where complimentary cocktails are served each evening. In the relaxed camaraderie of Kulik, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, new friendships are formed and old friendships reaffirmed.

Included is round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Kulik Lodge, lodging, meals, daily boat and guide service on Kulik River for bearviewing and/or fishing, fishing license, use of rods and waders, and complimentary cocktails each evening.  

Available September 14 - 27th, 2019

3 nights, per person (Sat thru Tues)   $3,995.00
4 nights, per person (Tues thru Sat)   $4,995.00
7 nights, per person (Sat to Sat or Tues to Tues)   $6,795.00
 Solo traveler? Ask us about guaranteed single occupancy

Kulik Adventure Sample Itinerary

Please separate the following essential items in case some of your gear is required to arrive on a later flight than your departure flight to the lodge. Waders and boots are available at the lodge(included in your package) if you do not bring your own: Hat, warm socks, waders, high quality raincoat, warm outer layers, warm long underwear, fingerless gloves, photography and other equipment, wading boots (please no felt or cleats).

The baggage weight allowance is limited to 50 pounds per person. Your clothing and gear should fit into two small soft-sided bags. Baggage in excess of what is described above may have to be flown to Kulik on a later flight, space available (please ask if more space is needed). Storage is available at the Katmailand office in Anchorage for items not needed at the lodge.

Phone cards may be purchased at the lodge for use of the satellite telephone. The lodge and guest cabins have wireless internet access and a computer is available at the lodge for internet use by guests that don't have any other means to access the internet.

The atmosphere at the lodge is casual. Comfortable, medium weight sport clothes are the norm.

While bear viewing, fishing or hiking we recommend that you dress in layers to regulate your body temperature with the whims of the weather. Expect temperatures in September to average 40-50 F. with fluctuations varying from 30-60 F. Wind chill can drop temperatures down to 20 degrees. Extra warm clothes is recommended.

What You Should Bring

Bring high quality rain wear, warm sweater or jacket, short and long sleeved shirts, wool or fleece underwear (for rainy cold days while bear viewing and for use under waders - the water is cold), good walking shoes or boots (waterproof is best), a warm hat, warm socks, fingerless gloves(to keep warm while still operating your camera or fly rod), and personal items and toiletries. You will want a swimsuit for our hot tub and sauna. While we don't have big problems with bugs, a quality repellant can be handy, especially for hiking. A camera or video will capture your trip for a lifetime.

Fly rods, waders and wading boots are available at the lodge. Waders can be handy even for bearviewing so you can move around easily on the river. We have waders up to size 2X, wading boots up to size 16, Ross reels, and 7 weight Sage rods.

If you will be fishing and would like to bring your own gear, this is what we suggest: We recommend a 7 weight fly rod for most fishing situations. You should have a reel with a floating line and an extra spool with a weight forward sink tip line. Each spool should have about 100 yards of backing. Other items include tippet material (4 to 12 pound test), fishing vest or pack, forceps, polarized glasses, line nippers, waders and wading boots. The lodge has quality waders and boots if you prefer to use ours (up to size 16 boots). Felt soled wading boots are not legal for use in Alaska and boots with cleats are not allowed at Kulik Lodge.

Much of the fishing in Katmai is done with wet flies on both floating and sink-tip lines. September finds the trout feeding on salmon eggs and flesh so naturally those imitations are very productive. Large bright streamers work on most of the salmon. Some of the more productive fly patterns are: Sculpins, Maribou Muddlers, Wooly Buggers, Bunny Leeches, Electric Leeches, various Matuka and Zonker patterns, and Egg-sucking Leeches (invented at Kulik) in various colors such as black, white, ginger, purple, olive and brown (size #6 is a good all-around size); small, sparsely tied fry imitations (size #10); salmon egg imitations (plastic beads, 6 and 8 mm) and flesh flies; dry fly patterns including Adams and Elk Hair Caddis in light and dark colors (sizes #12-#18); various nymph patterns in light and dark colors (sizes #12-#18); large bright salmon flies like Clousers, Street Walkers, Sockeye Johns and Green Marvels (sizes #2-#6).

Do Not Bring

Sleeping bag, towels, landing nets, creels, or any type of firearm or ammunition. If you do bring bear mace, be sure to inform your pilot, it may not be packed inside the planes. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND BRINGING BEAR MACE.

Available at the Lodge Store

All the right flies and lures, insect repellant, various souvenir clothing, Katmai memorabilia and miscellaneous personal items.

How long does it take to get to the lodge from Anchorage?

The flight from Anchorage to Kulik Lodge takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you are traveling on to Grosvenor Lodge or Brooks Lodge, it is another 15-25 minutes via float plane to those destinations.

What are the cabins like at Kulik?

Kulik Lodge has 10 cabins which each hold 2 people, with 2 twin beds, and a private bath. Kulik also has 2 larger family cabins with 4 beds and a private bath for parties of 3 or 4 who would like to stay together. Each cabin has heat, electricity, shower and restroom. Daily housekeeping is provided.

Are there a lot of bugs?

There can be depending on how dry or wet it has been, but in September the temperature is usually dropped enough so there are not so many bugs anymore. You might want to bring a good insect repellant just in case. You want something with a high DEET concentration for it to be effective and spray it on your clothing and hat, not your skin.

How does the guide take us bear viewing from Kulik?

The Kulik guide will take you by jet boat from the lodge up Kulik River to a spot with good watching and photography opportunities. You may get out of the boat and wade through the water. You will be outfitted with waders and wading boots for these adventures.

How many guests are there to each guide?

The number of guests to each guide is 2 to 4 depending on the situation.

What is the weather like?

The weather in Katmai can be very unpredictable. It can change greatly even in the same day. Temperatures can range between 45 and 70 degrees and down into the 30's at night and in the morning in September. Wind and rain are common so you should dress in layers that can be added to or taken away throughout the day as the weather dictates.

Are cocktails included in the packages?

Complimentary cocktails are served at Kulik Lodge and Grosvenor Lodge and are included during your stay. Beverages at Brooks Lodge can be purchased in the main lodge during lunch and dinner times. Our beverages typically include Alaskan Amber beer on tap, a selection of wines and premium quality liquors. If you prefer higher end wines or liquors, there will be a selection available for purchase at the lodge.

Can we also fish on Kulik River?

Yes. If you would like to try your hand at fishing during your stay, you may do so. All of our guides are fly fishing instructors so if you would like to learn to fly fish, we can teach you during your stay.

Can we take home the fish we catch?

Due to the short growing season and cold water temperatures in Alaska, native fish grow and mature slowly. Guests are asked to release all their catch of fresh water fish. The salmon in most areas will already be spawning and changing so the meat is not good to eat anymore.

What is a fly out and where do you fly out to?

A fly out means that you take an airplane to a different river to view bears or fish for the day. We fly to many different areas depending on where the best spot for viewing bears or the type of fish you want to catch is at the time you are there.

What type of fishing gear is used at the lodges?

Rods and waders are included in your package at Kulik Lodge. Cabelas, Redington and Simms waders and Redington and Sage rods equipped with Ross and Redington reels are provided to the guests during their stay.

Can I use felt soled wading boots or wading boots with cleats?

No. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has deemed invasive species a significant potential threat to Alaska's aquatic ecosystems. Effective January 1, 2012, felt-soled waders and wading boots will no longer be legal footwear when fishing in Alaska's fresh waters. Wading boots with cleats are also not allowed at the lodges. Our lodges do have rubber soled wading boots for our lodge guests.