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The following is a brief suggestion of the type of gear you may wish to bring along with you to make the most of your experience.

Alaska's climate is notorious for its ever changing temperatures and unpredictability. The best plan for any outdoor activity is to dress in layers. With layers you are able to remove and add as necessary to stay comfortable throughout the day.

Most of our activities involve transportation by either boat or floatplane. Whether your focus is on photography, fishing, or a combination of the two, you can optimize your experience by bringing along good waders or boots. I recommend chest waders. If you do not have a local source for locating boots or waders in your area, go to Or, if you would like to use a complimentary pair of hip boots (for guided day trips only), please provide us with your boot size at least 60 days before your visit (be sure to specify men's or women's).

Also, be sure to bring your raingear and hope that you won't end up having to use it.

Insect repellant and sun screen are two of the items that are essential. Though the bugs aren't usually too bad in the area directly around the lodge, many of the places we fly or boat to can be quite uncomfortable if you have no protection from the insects.

If you are taking part in one of our sightseeing or wildlife viewing activities, be sure to bring plenty of film or digital storage for your camera. A pair of light binoculars are also a good idea. An extensive list of photography related equipment and packing suggestions by Alaska professional photographer, Jim Barr, can be found at the link at the bottom of this page.

For the best fishing, you will need a light (3 or 4 weight) and a medium (8 to 10 weight) rod. Our catch and release fishing locations are optimal for fly fishing or using spinning gear. Remember, The Farm Lodge does not provide fly rods as part of our package. We do have basic spinning rods available for your use.

Many visitors enjoy having a good map to trace their activities in our area. A color map of Lake Clark can be ordered by going to Also, the Alaska Atlas published by DeLorme has detailed maps of the entire state.

Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail with any additional questions you may have.

Photography Equipment Guidelines by Jim Barr. This information is provided courtesy of Jim Barr Photography and is for your personal use only.  The information is not authorized for reproduction or distribution without the direct permission of the author.