SEASON AT BIG KU
June is ideal for hiking, birding, and guests interested in experiencing the diverse unfolding of spring in Katmai. Thousands of endemic and migrating birds, including the Arctic Tern, Tundra Swans, Bald and Golden Eagles, spend spring in Katmai nesting/breeding. Wildlife big and small revive from the harsh winter and awaken with the life that spring sunlight light and temperatures bring. June is a great time to watch for the first bears coming down the mountains from their winter dens, heading down toward the river to check for any signs of salmon, and meanwhile feeding on the spring plants and grasses available. June is great for mother with cubs and spring flowering plants dominate.
July brings in the salmon, and once the salmon are in the streams and rivers, the great Alaskan brown bear will not be far behind. Early July is when the salmon typically start running up the rivers and lakes toward their spawning grounds, bringing with them, the heartbeat of Katmai NP&P. Once the Salmon start running, the wildlife follows and the bears becomes a much more common and dependable site near the lodge. July is also great for hiking, birding and exploring.
August & September.
August and September are prime bear viewing months, as the salmon are in by the thousands. Multiple Bears will move throughout the area to various fishing holes, continuously. The hiking and birding is also incredible, as fledglings are leaving the nest, and the salmon feast is at it’s peak. August and September book up over 1 year in advance due to it also being the prime rainbow-trout fly fishing season.