The Alaska Peninsula stretches from the mainland to the Aleutian Islands and is renown for its abundant wildlife populations. Daily sightings include Alaska Brown Bear, Barren Ground Caribou, Arctic Wolves, the ever-curious Red Fox, Bald Eagles and a variety of other raptors. During your week at Wildman Lake Lodge you will surely spot Moose, playful River Otters, Seals, Walrus, Tundra Swan, and countless ducks and geese including the rare Emperor Goose.
Pacific Walrus (Odobenus romarus divergens) are the largest of the of the Pinnipeds “fin footed” family of marine mammals. In Alaska, the Pacific walrus’ range includes the Chukchi and Bering Seas. Wildman Lake Lodge is located where the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay come together. Each summer several thousand adult male or Bull Walrus arrive in our area. After spending the entire summer with us, these huge (2,000 to 4,000 pound) bull walrus migrate northward in October to join the rest of the walrus herd in the St. Lawrence Island region for the winter months and breeding season which occurs in January and February.
Only 10 miles from Wildman Lodge is one of the Bering Sea’s most frequented Pacific Walrus haul-outs. This unique resting place for Bull Walrus is eight minutes by air from our lodge. Experienced bush pilots will land you right on the black sand beach, walking distance to a rocky lookout just above the walrus. Here we generally see from 300 to 3,000 Pacific Walrus on any given day. This is as close and personal to wild walrus as it gets, and a once in a lifetime experience. Our guide-naturalist will explain the unique life cycle of the Pacific Walrus and as we will stay as long as you like, before returning to the comfort of our deluxe wilderness lodge.
Alaska Brown Bear On the Alaska Peninsula the Brown Bear is king! The Alaska Peninsula has one of the highest population density of Alaska Brown Bear in the world. There are hundreds of bear in our area and casual sightings of brown bear along our fishing streams are every day occurrences. The brown bear population in our area is well-nourished by the millions of Pacific salmon that return each year to the Alaska Peninsula rivers. Quite often we sight brown bear right from the lodge. Nearly every day you can photograph them feeding on Ocean River near the lodge. Brown bear are relentless beachcombers and can often be seen along the black sand beaches of the Bering and Pacific coasts, as well as fishing for salmon along our numerous pristine rivers. We take every opportunity show our guests the brown bears as Wildman Lake Lodge is one of the best places to view real wild Alaska brown bear, totally undisturbed, in their most natural habitat.
At Wildman Lake Lodge, you never know when a photo opportunity will present itself. The sheer abundance of wildlife is absolutely astounding. From the smallest ground squirrel to enormous Alaska brown bear, colorful spawning salmon to breaching Pacific whales, huge Alaska moose, barren ground caribou, Arctic wolves, red fox and more. Explore the black sand beaches of the Aleutian coastline and search for artifacts, antique glass fishing floats, fossils and whale bones. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, you will want to have your camera ready.