Katmai Bear Viewing

Length:  6 Days

Price: $4,000

Begins and Ends in: King Salmon

Rainbow River is one of Ouzel Expeditions favorite rivers.    We offer this as a 7 day fishing and bear viewing float trip. Located in Katmai National Park, the creek begins after an amazing float plane ride from King Salmon, over Naknek Lake landing on one of the most beautiful lake settings you can imagine.

Weather your priority is fly fishing, adventure, hiking, or wildlife viewing this river has it all. Ouzel guides trips here in mid June to put fisherman on great rainbow fishing.  but anytime of year is great for hiking and adventure. When the red salmon start to show up, in the millions, in late July to Naknek Lake, this creek turns into brown bear haven. We have floated this river for 25 years and have counted an average of 70 brown bears a week. Some of these bears we see 5 different days and we’re not counting them twice.   We have never seen more bears on any river in Alaska!

Rainbow river  starts out as a shallow, rock dodging river but can be an experience like no other. There are some rapids and one small falls that we row over which gives clients a big smile.  Especially if there are bears fishing the falls.   If you want to photograph brown bears up close, and away from the crowds at McNeil River or Brooks Falls, this is the river for you. There are very few places in the world where you can get  so close to large predators like this. Imagine floating down a river in Africa and seeing over 70 lions, it is well worth it. The bears here are very happy due to the giant run of Sockeye Salmon.

Wildlife viewing is spectacular. Since it lies inside the protected Katmai National Park, you do have a great chance of spotting moose, caribou, and wolves. We have seen a wolf chase caribou right through camp. We have seen foxes chase wolverines, which is highly unusual.  One trip we saw 17 Bull Moose.

You can add on a trip to Brooks Falls before or after the trip. While you are in the area, you might as well do a day trip to Valley of Ten thousand Smokes, the site of the second largest volcanic eruption in recorded history.

This will be Ouzel Expeditions 39th year guiding float trips in Alaska and 26 years in Kamchatka Russia.  We have vast knowledge of over 20 rivers in Kamchatka and 25 rivers in Alaska, so we know where to find the bears.

Katmai National Park is the best place to photograph and see brown bears in Alaska.   Join our 7 day float trip that takes you deep inside the park.   Ouzel is the best option for photographers who want to take photos while floating down the river.  


We can arrange an optional day or multi-day trip to Brooks Falls while you are here.   Brooks falls is world famous.    Why not do both.

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Contact us: For more information and remote bear float trips brochures.