$1,000

June 10-13, 2020 : 3-day Bear Photography Extravaganza

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Marlow's on the Kenai (meeting place / first night)

36370 Stephens Drive

Sterling, AK 99669

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Bear Extravaganza Tour: 3 days / 3 nights


Bear Extravaganza

Dates: June 10-13, 2020 (3 days/3 nights)

Rates (US Dollars): Magic of Alaska 7-day tour
• • Shared room: $2695/person*

Includes all meals, 3 nights lodging, scheduled excursions, ground transportation from Kenai Airport to our lodge in Sterling, AK (1 night), bush plane flight to/from Bear Mountain Lodge (2 nights), and transportation back to Kenai Airport upon conclusion of the trip.

  • A non-refundable deposit of $1000 holds your reservation for the Bear Extravaganza
  • First 50% of total cost due October 1, 2019 and remaining 50% due February 1, 2020.
  • Airfare to/from Alaska and your point of origination not included.
  • 6 seats available

Bear Extravaganza Tour:


Incredible opportunity for Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear photography:

Are you ready for prime bear viewing with typically between 20-40 bears observed per day?

You'll travel by bush plane from Nikiski, AK to Lake Clark National Park where you'll be amidst stunning bear country at Chinitna Bay. This time of year is perfect for viewing sows and cubs, mating behavior, clam-digging on the tidal flats, feeding on sedges, and other extrordinary bear behaviors.

You'll stay one night at our beautiful lodge (Marlow's on the Kenai) right on the Kenai River in Sterling, AK then leave early the next day to spend two nights in a well-equiped lodge (Bear Mountain Lodge) that offers abundant bear photography opportunities.

In comparison, most one-day trips to Lake Clark and other bear viewing areas typically run about $700 to $1700 per day. They do not include lodging, and will only give you about 3-6 hours of total bear viewing per day. Langell Photography works directly with an outstanding lodge with a high concentration of brown bears nearby to offer you three days of bear viewing, plus lodging, meals, charter airfare, permission by the lodge for extended photography hours at the park, an additional guide, plus supportive instruction for a very reasonable price.

What to expect: Once you arrive at the airport in Kenai, Alaska, we will provide transportation to our lodge on the Kenai River where you will spend a relaxing evening on the banks of the river, where we will seek opportunities to photograph eagles, loons, Bonaparte's Gulls, Arctic Terns, Stellar's Jays, Boreal Chickadees, Alder Flycatchers and occasional moose. After spending the night at the lodge, we will depart early for Nikiski, Alaska where we will fly to our lodge adjacent to Lake Clark National Park.


Our lodge is tucked away in one of the most beautiful corners of Alaska with some of the best coastal brown bear viewing in the world. The lodge and modern cabins are on some of the only private property on the north side of the bay surrounded by Lake Clark National Park. The lodge is located just south of Mt.Illiamna in Chinitna Bay. Chinitna Bay is known to have world class bear viewing where you get abundant views of bears and other wildlife in their natural habitat. This is real Alaska. Unlike several other well-known bear-viewing locations, here you will have NO lines, NO timed platforms, NO large crowds, NO long hikes, and plenty of opportunities for diverse bear viewing scenarios.

You will be transported to/from the lodge along the beach by comfortable 4WD vehicles about 1-3 miles to various locations that are excellent for bear-viewing and photography. This helps avoid lengthy hikes, helps you carry gear more easily, and leaves more time for photography! A local guide will always be with us to help ensure our safety, comfort and best viewing opportunities for bears.

Our small group will lodge in modernized cabins (shared lodging with 2-3 per room, single beds per person), plus each room has power, a restroom and shower. Delicious meals, snacks and beverages are thoughtfully prepared by the lodge's staff on-site.

We will then spend the majority of each day photographing bears in this incredibly beautiful area.

What about your level of photography skills?

We will support your learning as needed, focusing on opportunities for photography and offering instruction at your level in-the-field.

What about physical fitness?

We will be hiking on relatively flat ground (occasionally there may be a rock or tree roots, or a narrow foot bridge) for distances of typically 10-50 yards, with one hike per day that may require up to approximately 1/3 mile.

  • You will need the ability to get in and out of various vehicles (e.g., small boat, small bush planes, SUV, van).
  • We have had people between the ages of 30-84+ participate successfully on this workshop.
  • Dietary restrictions: As your meals are deliciously homemade by our local staff, we are able to reasonably accommodate most dietary restrictions (e.g., allergies/sensitivities, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.)

What is the Learning Culture?

You are in good, kind-hearted, learning-oriented hands! This workshop features a culture of warm, supportive instruction and guiding provided in a fair, humble, non-condescending atmosphere. Lisa Langell and her assistant both place strong importance upon maintaining an atmosphere of respect, positivity, fairness, kindness, and humility, regardless of your skills, knowledge or background--and we expect our participants to do the same.

Alaska is a special place and everyone deserves to have a positive experience here. We encourage participants to leave ego at the door, "let your hair down," and be open to joining and facilitating a non-threatening environment for learning, collaboration, kindness, support, and fun.


Seating is very limited. Book early to guarantee your spot.


Join award-winning, professional photographer, Lisa Langell, on this special, customized, boutique-style nature photography adventure! Lisa knows this area so well -- and this is an experience of a lifetime where you will be provided instruction if/as needed to help you meet your goals without sacrificing opportunities to photograph the wildlife. You'll also have ample time to shoot independently and/or with feedback as needed.

This event is intentionally kept small and intimate—you are one of only six (6) participants on an incredible journey through some of Alaska’s most stunning scenery and wildlife habitats in and near Lake Clark National Park. Our activities are designed to avoid crowded shooting locations, increase wildlife sightings, and maximize photographic opportunities.

Your leader and primary guide, Lisa Langell:

Lisa Langell of Langell Photography

Lisa is known not only for her emotionally evocative wildlife images, but for her friendly, supportive, upbeat, and down-to-earth approach to helping you learn to take your wildlife photography to the next level.

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Marlow's on the Kenai (meeting place / first night)

36370 Stephens Drive

Sterling, AK 99669

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