The Lodge



Welcome to Big Ku Lodge.  Alaska’s most unique and strategically located, fly-in only, wilderness and wildlife photography lodge.  Our Lodge is located in the heart of the Katmai wilderness, where guests will have the opportunity to photograph and experience unsurpassed wilderness, wildlife, and adventure, in a private and comfortable setting. 

An authentic Alaskan lodge in the Katmai wilderness.  Perfect for small groups or families seeking an intimate, wild Alaskan destination.


The Property

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 chances to photograph brown bears 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.