We boarded a plane in Anchorage for King Salmon. It was a clear day and the glaciers we flew over made the trip worth it before we got to Katmai! A quick lecture and video on safety and we were on our way. You want to head right out to the falls. There is a lower viewing platform and upper falls platform. For the upper, there is a limit of 40 people allowed. To create flow (because you get mesmerized and don't want to leave for food or water) there is an hour time limit. This goes by quickly and is enforced. Sometimes you can wait two hours for your turn, so get on the list as soon as you can. We were there with people who had departure times of 3:00 and after eating a lunch, they never got to the falls. Best to plan ahead and eat on the way out to the island. The platforms are remote and you are not allowed to carry anything, even a stick of gum. It is a good hike out with scat along the way. Sing, talk or be loud is the rule through the woods. We were fortunate enough to see a mother and three cubs. There was also a Golden Eagle perched for fishing right above the bears. There is a webcam that you are able to watch from the comforts of your computer. Would not bring young children here. Well worth the cost and effort!
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