Itinerary ALASKA WALRUS TOURS
Your exciting Alaska wildlife tour begins with a morning departure from Anchorage’s municipal airport, Merrill Field, and an incredibly scenic flight through both Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks, along the Bering coast and Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuge before arriving at Wildman Lake Lodge. Landing on our own private runway, the comfortable twin engine aircraft will deliver you right to your cabin door, no transfers! You will arrive just in time for a delicious lunch and your first afternoon of guided wildlife viewing on our home river.
Our river front lodge is located near Wildman Lake at the headwaters of Alaska’s only true artesian sport fishing river, where we enjoy crystal-clear water every day, regardless of the weather. This is our home base and where your Wildlife and Wilderness Tours begin.
ENJOYING LODGE LIFE IN THE WILDERNESS
At the conclusion of each fully guided fishing day, Wildman’s “Muktuk Hour” begins at 6:00 pm in the Trapper’s Den, complete with hors d’oeurves, then followed by a delicious dinner prepared by the lodge Chef and professional kitchen staff. After your meal there are a number of evening activities, from fly tying to entertainment in the Trapper’s Den, or just quiet conversation or a card game around the pub tables. You may wish to check your email on the lodge WiFi or make a few more casts before retiring to your comfortable cabin with a movie or your favorite book, and finally dreaming about all the wildlife you will see tomorrow.
MORNING COFFEE SERVICE
Each morning at Wildman begins with a knock at your cabin door, alerting you that a carafe of hot coffee has been delivered and that breakfast will be ready shortly in the dining room. We generate 24 hour electric power and produce plenty of hot water for a morning shower anytime. About halfway through breakfast, the lodge’s chief pilot and head guide will share the weather forecast and announce the planned activities for the day.
DAILY GUIDED RIVER AND FLY OUT EXCURSIONS
Because our home river is teaming with salmon, trout and char all season long, it is not necessary to fly away from the Wildman Lake Lodge to enjoy world-class wildlife viewing. We often see brown bear right from the lodge, and we have miles of pristine river, accessible jet boat from our lodge as well as great wildlife viewing right out the back door. However, to add as much variety to our week as possible, our experienced bush pilots and guides take approximately half of the lodge guests each day on a fly out excursion to witness huge Pacific walrus in their natural habitat. This leaves the entire home river system to the remaining guests and their guides for brown bear viewing, birding and to experience much more wildlife. The following day we switch so everyone gets to enjoy their scheduled fly out walrus and wildlife viewing days.
Whether you are adventuring via jet boat or on a fly out wildlife adventure, about midway through our exciting day, your guides will prepare a hot and hearty shore lunch on the river. We serve a variety of great lunches during the week, ranging from soup and sandwiches to the fresh catch of the day with pasta or salad and fresh baked cookies.
THE SCENIC FLIGHT BACK TO CIVILIZATION
Our return flight generally arrives in Anchorage just before 3:00 pm; however, we caution you not to make too tight of a connection for your flight home. It is wise to allow a couple hours before boarding your flight from Ted Stevens International.
2019 Tour Schedule
Departs Anchorage on Sundays and Wednesdays
Departs Anchorage at 7:30 am: Returns to Anchorage by 3:00 pm:
Sun. July. 14 – Wed. July 17
Wed. July. – Sat. July 20
Sun. July. 21 – Wed. July. 24
Wed. July. 24 – Sat. July. 27
Sun. July 28 – Wed. July. 31
Wed. July. 31 – Sat. Aug. 03
Sun. Aug. 04 – Wed. Aug. 07
Wed. Aug. 07 – Sat. Aug. 10
Sun. Aug. 11 Wed. Aug. 14
Thur. Aug. 15 Sat. Aug. 18