Katmai Explorer Tour - Kulik Lodge

Stay at our exclusive Kulik Lodge in Katmai National Park

Price per person: starts at $3,595

Want to see more of Katmai National Park? Then the Katmai Explorer Tour is for you. Stay at our exclusive Kulik Lodge. Round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Kulik Lodge, lodging, meals, boat and guide service, day trips to Brooks Lodge for bearviewing and more is included in this tour!

Dates: June 29 - August 2, 2019
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Tour Description

Included is round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Kulik Lodge, lodging, meals, boat and guide service on Kulik River, flights to Brooks Lodge for bear viewing or the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" on the full days of your stay (not arrival or departure day), fishing license, use of rods and waders and complimentary cocktails each evening.


Depart Anchorage on your direct flight to Kulik Lodge. Upon arrival you have the option of guided sport fishing or sightseeing on the adjacent Kulik River. A fishing license and equipment is provided. Return to the lodge for dinner (open bar). The Kulik Lodge chefs are among the best in the Alaskan wilderness. A hot tub and sauna are available for your enjoyment.


During your full days in Katmai you will board an early morning seaplane flight to Brooks Camp accompanied by a cheerful and knowledgeable Kulik Lodge guide. Your guide will take you to view the brown bears at Brooks Falls and other points of interest in the Brooks River area. The buffet lunch at Brooks Lodge offers a relaxing break in your day.

On one of your days at Brooks Camp you may take the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" Natural History Tour for an additional $96.00 per person. During the full-day tour you will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife and walk upon the ash and pumice moonscape of the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes".

You will return to Kulik in time to relax and prepare for another great Kulik meal. 


On your departure day, those who arrived at Kulik on the late flights will also depart on the late flights and will have additional time to spend fishing or relaxing in the Kulik area. All too soon it is time to say your good-byes and depart for Anchorage.

Available June 29th to August 2nd, 2019

3 days, 3 nights  (Saturday to Tuesday)  $3,595.00
4 days, 4 nights  (Tuesday to Saturday)  $4,595.00
 7 days, 7 nights  (Start Sat or Tuesday)  $6,495.00
Prices are per person. Double Occupancy    
 Solo traveler? Ask us about guaranteed single occupancy  

Kulik Lodge Explorer Sample Itinerary

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. 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 fishing or hiking we recommend that you dress in layers to regulate your body temperature with the whims of the weather. Expect temperatures in July to average 55-60 F. with fluctuations varying from 40-75 F.

You Should Bring:

High quality rain wear, warm sweater or jacket, short and long sleeved shirts, wool or fleece underwear (for rainy days while sitting on the bear viewing platforms or for use under waders), good waterproof walking shoes or boots, a warm hat, warm socks, fingerless gloves, 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 could come in handy, especially for hiking. A camera or video will capture your trip for a lifetime.

Guided fishing on the Kulik River or on Kulik and Nonvianuk Lakes is included in your package. You will not be fishing the Brooks River. The lodge has quality Sage rods, Ross reels, Simms waders from children's sizes up to men's XXL, and Simms wading boots up to size 16 for your use. Our guides are all expert fly casting instructors.

If you prefer to bring your own equipment, 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. Felt soled wading boots are not legal for use in Alaska and wading boots with cleats are not allowed at Kulik Lodge.

Much of the fishing in July is done with wet flies on both floating and sink-tip lines. It is possible that dry fly and nymphing opportunities might develop so have a selection of dry flies and nymphs. 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 flies (size #10); 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, miscellaneous fishing gear, insect repellant, various souvenir clothing, Katmai memorabilia and miscellaneous personal items.

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.

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 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 even a bit lower 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 there a lot of bugs?

There can be depending on how dry or wet it has been. Some people choose to bring head nets. Most just bring a good insect repellant. 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 accompany you as you go by float plane approx. 25 minutes and land at Brooks Lodge. From there it is approx. 5 minute walk to Brooks River and the first bear viewing platform by the bridge at the lower end of the river. It takes approx. 30 minutes to walk to Brooks Falls, where there are 2 bear viewing platforms on the river. You will have the opportunity to visit each of the 3 platforms during your visit. You will depart Kulik lodge after breakfast at approx. 7:00am and depart back to Kulik at around 4:00pm.

What is there to do at Kulik Lodge?

On your arrival or departure day, you will have the opportunity to go fishing with a guide, or go on a tour of Kulik River by boat. Guide service is also included every evening after dinner. You can also take a walk on the tundra, hike over to Kulik Lake to take in the stunning scenery, soak in the hot tub, or relax by the fire with a book or a cocktail.

How many guests are there to each guide?

The number of guests to each guide is 2 to 4 for fishing. Bear viewing is done in larger groups.

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. A limited amount of salmon may be taken home if you purchase a fly out for salmon fishing.

How are fish packaged to take home?

The salmon you keep are filleted, vacuum packed, frozen and packed in fish boxes for you at the lodge (National Park Service regulations prohibit this at Brooks Lodge though). If you have a long distance to travel home, insulated fish boxes and freezer packs are available to purchase at a number of locations in Anchorage.

Are you a strictly a fly fishing only lodge?

No. We can accommodate fly or spin fisherman, although some of the streams that we go to are fly fishing only streams. At some of these locations you can still use a spinning rod with a fly on the end. 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.

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 fish for the day. We fly to many different areas depending on what type of fish you want to catch and where the best spot for that species 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 and Grosvenor Lodge and are available for rent at Brooks 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.