The federally-protected Katmai National Park and Preserve is world famous for Alaska brown bear viewing. Accessible only by air, this is Alaska wilderness in its rawest form.
July only –
Morning departure: 8 am; returns 6 to 8 pm
Flight times, departure and arrival times may vary.
Our fly out Katmai bear viewing adventure takes you to Brooks Falls, where three bear viewing platforms connected by elevated boardwalks allow for close, unobstructed and extraordinary bear viewing in Katmai National Park. In July, lured by spawning salmon, as many as fifty bears can be seen at once along the 1.5-mile Brooks River.
While the Katmai bear viewing at Brooks Falls is self guided, Katmai National Park Rangers provide an initial briefing upon arrival and are available throughout the park for questions. An on-site wait list for the Lower River bear viewing platform may be implemented when visitation reaches capacity to ensure quality bear viewing. What this means is that sometimes the bear viewing is crowded and the ranger may ask you to move to another platform. The is plenty of room in Katmai overall to see bears.
Flight Pattern – Departing from Lake Hood, Anchorage, we fly over Cook Inlet, the Alaska Range, remote islands, before landing on either Brooks or Naknek lake in Katmai National Park and Preserve. Katmai is home to the world’s largest population of Alaska brown bears and the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes – a forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano in 1912. It should be mentioned that the smokes smoked out many years ago and the few smoking vents are only visible in an relatively inaccessible part of the park.
The Katmai National Park Bear Viewing Experience:
– Intimate two to three hour scenic flightseeing tour from Anchorage; flight times vary depending on weather and plane type.
– Box lunch upon arrival at Katmai National Park
– Katmai bear viewing at Brooks Falls – watch them catch jumping salmon!
– Wildlife watching on return flight for beluga whales, moose and Dall sheep
The Alaska Bear Watching Tour in Katmai National Park includes:
– A window seat and 2-way headset – so that you can ask questions!
– Rich knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
– Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety
What to wear and bring…
During the summer season, May through September 15, we encourage you to layer your clothing, bring a light jacket and wear long pants. In addition, it is a very good idea to have comfortable, closed toe shoes and sunglasses. We provide glacier overboots for landings. During the shoulder seasons: It is a good idea to bring a heavier coat, gloves/mittens, a hat and boots.
Rust’s Flying Service at Lake Hood
4525 Enstrom Circle
Anchorage, AK 99502
Toll Free: 800-544-2299 (outside of Anchorage)
Phone: 907-243-1595- for questions, reservations and summertime courtesy shuttle.
Map & Directions
Welcome to Anchorage, Alaska! Please scroll down for directions to our office, dock and hanger located at Lake Hood Seaplane Base.
Go west on International Airport Road West
Take the North Terminal exit at Postmark Drive
Take the first right onto Heliport (a very short road)
(follow the signs for the Alaska Aviation Museum)
Turn right onto Aircraft Drive (the first stop sign)
Follow Aircraft Drive for .25 miles
Rust Flying Service is on the left
Look for our big hangar, the office is tucked behind it
From International Airport Road, follow the signs for the Alaska Aviation Museum. You’ll see our hangar on the right.
Rust’s Flying Service