Welcome to Big Ku Lodge, Alaska’s most unique and strategically located, fly-in only, wilderness and wildlife photography and birding lodge. Our Lodge is located in the heart of the Katmai wilderness, where guests have the opportunity to photograph and experience the authentic, unsurpassed wilds of Alaska, in a private and comfortable setting.
Perfect for small groups or families seeking an intimate, remote Alaskan destination vacation.
On the shore of KUKAKLEK lake
Perched on a bluff, overlooking the 14-mile long Kukaklek Lake, Big Ku Lodge is surrounded by rolling hills of alpine tundra, snow capped mountains, Kukaklek Lake and the Alagnak River. This expansive location offers great hiking and wildlife viewing in every direction. The only trails are made by bears. There are no crowds, no platforms, no fences, no busses, no cars. Only "National Geographic" quality opportunities to photograph various species and their struggle for survival.
Big Ku is located on private land. Chris and Linda Branham have exclusive use of over 10,000 acres along the lake shore and river, all within the boundaries of Katmai National Park. Big Ku is the only operation on Kukaklek Lake with the ability to access, by boat, the numerous salmon streams flowing into the lake.
Guest cabins are double occupancy, each have full, private bathrooms, heat, linens, and generator powered electricity. The cabins overlook the river and lake, with a background of snow-capped mountains. Wildlife frequents the area, typically right outside your windows.