Katmai National Park is world-famous for it’s Alaskan Brown Bear viewing opportunities throughout July. This one-of-a-kind adventure provides unsurpassed opportunities to capture unforgettable memories of these magnificent animals as they catch salmon that are migrating up the Brooks River in Katmai National Park.

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This short stretch of river – only 1.5 miles long - can often attract fifty or more bears during the salmon spawning season! Bear viewing platforms have been built along the river that allow for the ultimate bear viewing experience and some great photo opportunities!

This is a full day excursion (10-12 hours) with much of that time spend enjoying the scenery and wildlife (most notably the bears) in and around Katmai National Park and the Brooks River.

The flight itself from Anchorage to Katmai National Park will be roughly 2 – 3 hours depending on weather and the plane model. The flight to and from the park also provides fantastic opportunities for scenic photos and wildlife viewing opportunities! Watch for beluga whales, moose and Dall sheep along the way as well as a host of sea birds and other marine wildlife!


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  • Intimate two to three hour scenic flight-seeing 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
  • A window seat and 2-way headset
  • Detailed knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
  • Meticulous attention to comfort and safety


Tours run once a day, July 1 – Aug 3
Departs:8:00 am
Returns:between 6:00 and 8:00 pm
Please check in at the Lake Hood Office 30 minutes prior to departure. For safety of weight and balance of the plane, you must provide accurate weights of individuals or of the entire group. There is limited free parking at the flight offices. You will need to leave your car keys with the office staff. Accommodations can also be arranged for pick up at major hotels in the Anchorage area. You are welcome to leave baggage at the flight office at no additional charge.
What to bring: Sunglasses, bug spray, camera and binoculars. Dress comfortably and in layers; Alaska weather can change dramatically. A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy, and cool in the National Park. Please bring prescription medications.
Be prepared to take lots of pictures, charge up the batteries, and have extra film and/or storage space on your camera. You may bring a light daypack with you. There is free, although limited parking at the Lake Hood Office. You will need to leave your car keys with the office. In the summer, there is a courtesy shuttle from major (but not all) Anchorage hotels. You are welcome to leave baggage at the Lake Hood office at no additional charge.
By ADA standards, none of the trips are accessible. However flight tours can often accommodate people depending on the nature of their disability. Pick up and delivery vans do not have wheelchair lifts.
Alaska’s weather can change dramatically. A sunny and warm day in Anchorage can turn windy, rainy and cold in the National Park. Please dress appropriately. This includes layering your clothing, wearing comfortable shoes, and bringing rain gear. The lodges and areas that you will be flying to are in a remote area accessible only by plane so many of the common comforts such as flush toilets and running water are not available. Please be aware that medical care is not readily available. Views of pristine wilderness compensate for leaving “civilization” behind. You should bring essential medications with you and not plan plane connections on the same day of this trip. Additionally, if visiting Katmai is extremely important to you, please allow time in your schedule for possible rescheduling of this trip. This tour flies through two mountain passes to reach Katmai and does sometimes cancel due to weather.
Prices and taxes may change without notice; trip length may vary depending on weather conditions and type of plane.


Standard Rate: $1295.00
Above rates do not include: $30 Katmai NPS fee & 3% transportation fee per person

Terms & Policies

Full payment is due at the time of reservation. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted.

Rust’s Flying Service needs the accurate weight of each guest. This is imperative for airplane safety and loading. If an individual does not want to give an individual weight, weights of the group may be combined but need to be accurate.

90+ days – 100% refund

15 – 89 days – 50% refund

All prices, fees, taxes, times, dates and availability are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation by Rust’s due to weather will be refunded 100% of price paid. We strongly recommend travel insurance for unforeseen circumstances that may cause last minute cancellations.


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