Alaska Grizzly Bear Photography Tour: Wild Bears in Their Natural Habitat

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Important Details

Locations: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and Anchorage, Alaska


  • 2024: $7,695 USD per person
  • 2025: $8,195 USD per person
  • Single supplement (private room) $750

Deposit: $1,000

Optional Excursion: Puffins & Seabirds on Bird Island: $150 plus gratuity

Group Size: Max. 9 photographers

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Skill Level: Beginner to pro

Discount: Non-photographers get $250 off!

Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer

Grizzly Bear Photo WorkshopJoin us for the trip of a lifetime photographing Alaskan Grizzly Bears in the pristine environment of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska at Silver Salmon Creek.

During our Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop, you will capture stunning images of grizzly bears in their natural habitat and perfect your wildlife photography skills while enjoying the picturesque settings of the Alaskan wilderness. Workshop guests will be immersed in the region’s spectacular scenic beauty, photographing coastal brown bears from early to late while enjoying chef-cooked meals and staying in an exclusive and strategically-located luxury lodge, where bears can often be seen just outside the deck and in the garden.

Why Join Our Photo Workshop?

Small Groups Only!
The Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop focuses on small groups and one-on-one instruction.

The small group style ensures maximum field time while catering to each person’s skills and interests and allows photographers to move around easily and efficiently. This helps get the best shots possible – capturing the best light, backgrounds and compositions throughout their wildlife photography – while maintaining respect for the animals. This proven approach results in natural images of the wildlife in their stress-free habitat.

Just recently, we had a sow and her twin cubs walk within 6 feet of the group without any signs of stress. She was very aware that we were there but just walked right by us. It was an incredible experience that our guests will never forget.

The Grizzly Bear Photography workshop is conducted in a beautiful coastal preserve with snow-covered peaks of volcanic mountains towering in the background while brown bears display instinctive behaviors. Throughout the course of the grizzly bear tour, photographers will have the opportunity to capture behaviors like:

  • Grizzly bear sows nursing their young
  • Grizzly bear cubs frolicking and playing in grassy meadows
  • Bears charging through the water and plucking fish out of Silver Salmon Creek
  • Hungry grizzly bears digging for razor clams in tidal flats along the fertile coastlines of the Cook Inlet
  • Cute bear cubs playing with their siblings
  • Grizzly bears fighting and playful attacks
  • Cubs napping curled up with mom

Our Grizzly Bear Photography Location: Lake Clark National Park at Silver Salmon Creek

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a photographer’s paradise and one of the hidden gems of the National Park System. Located 100 miles from Anchorage, Alaska, but accessible only by small aircraft or boat, the park is deep in the Alaskan wilderness. With 4 million acres of land, there is scenic beauty everywhere in this remote area of Alaska.

Grizzly bears and Brown bears are technically the same species. When the bears are inland, they are considered grizzly, and when coastal, brown. Many just refer to them as Coastal Grizzly Bears.

There are no roads for tour buses to pull up on, and there’s nothing like being out in the true Alaskan wild watching these incredible animals. Unlike sites that have been overrun with tourists, Lake Clark Preserve sustains its pristine environment. The park doesn’t have any crowds, boardwalks or viewing platforms. There are just beautiful landscapes and grizzly bears begging for your lens and that perfect image. Lake Clark is like nothing else you have experienced.

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Images of Bears From Our Trip

Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop - Lake Clark National Park

A sow nurses her two cubs that were born this year.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve at Silver Salmon Creek is the best destination to capture photos of grizzly bears in their natural habitat. The grizzly bears which live inside the wildlife preserve have never been hunted by humans, meaning that photographers can watch the bears acting naturally without adding any stress to these beautiful creatures. Although grizzly bears are still formidable wild animals that require respect, the bears inside Lake Clark National Park and Preserve peacefully live and let live.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a great location to be introduced to wildlife photography, and the perfect setting for our Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop.

Our Photo Tour Lodge

While at Silver Salmon Creek in Lake Clark, our guests will stay in a luxury lodge, are served meals prepared by a chef, and most importantly, are given ample opportunity to photograph the bears as much as possible. We will be accompanied by a trained Bear Guide in the field who knows the animals just as well as our photography guides know cameras. We will take time when the light in not ideal to discuss different photographic techniques for capturing images of the bears in our private meeting room.

The Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop is an adventure that will leave you with lasting memories and plenty of pictures to commemorate the experience.

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Ready to Photograph Grizzly Bears in Alaska?

The Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop is always a highlight our year, and we hope we can make it the highlight of your year as well!

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Alaska Grizzly Bear Photography Tour: Wild Bears in Their Natural Habitat was last modified: April 16th, 2024 by Matt Shetzer