Bear Viewing at Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park

Bear Viewing at Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park

3 Days / 2 Nights

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Brooks Falls is world renowned for its large population of brown bears due to salmon migration through Brooks River, allowing Brooks Lodge to offer one of the most exciting bear viewing tour programmes in North America. Each year millions of salmon burst from the Bering Sea into the lakes and streams of Katmai National Park. The world famous bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Brooks Lodge. As many as fifty bears can be viewed fishing along the mile and a half long Brooks River during the peak of the salmon season. Besides the famous Brooks River and Brooks Falls, bear viewing opportunities abound in the park and other excursions are possible. Most years a large run of sockeye (red) salmon will begin to enter the Brooks River during the middle of June. This run continues through July and the salmon usually begin to spawn in the Brooks River in early August. The spawn continues throughout August and peaks during early September.

Peak bear viewing time is July or September June and August offer an excellent opportunity for sport fishing on the Brooks River for rainbow trout grayling, lake trout and char. Bears may be seen during this time; however the bears are not always seen at the falls and as always bears are never guaranteed.

Bear Viewing at Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park map

Day 1: Anchorage > Brooks Lodge This morning make your own way to the airport in Anchorage for a scheduled 90 minute flight to King Salmon. Upon arrival into King Salmon connect with a 20 minute scenic floatplane flight to Brooks Lodge. Once at the lodge you will be given a brief bear orientation by a park ranger. Bear viewing is not guided and there are three viewing platforms on the Brooks River, all within walking distance from the main lodge (ranging from 275 metres to 1.6 kilometres). National Park Service rangers will point you in the right direction and answer all of your questions about this incredible park and various viewing areas.

Day 2: Brooks Lodge Today enjoy a Valley of 10,000 Smokes tour, taking you to the site of the June 1912 eruption of Novarupta Volcano, the second largest volcanic eruption in the world's history. When it was over, more than 65 square kilometres of lush green land lay buried beneath volcanic deposits as deep as 200 metres. Acid rain caused clothes to disintegrate on clotheslines in distant Vancouver, Canada. The eruption was 10 times more forceful than the 1980 eruption of Washington's Mount St Helens. In the valleys of Knife Creek and the Ukak River, innumerable small holes and cracks developed in the volcanic ash deposits, permitting gas and steam from the heated ground water to escape. This naturalist led tour travels to the valley for hiking and photo opportunities and includes a sack lunch.

Day 3: Brooks Lodge > Anchorage Today is yours to explore Katmai and spend more time at the viewing platforms. Depart late afternoon for Anchorage, arriving at approximately 7.00 pm.

• Tailor-made journey • 2 nights' accommodation • Return flights Anchorage to Brooks Falls • Unguided bear and wildlife viewing at lodge • Professional National Park Service Ranger on site • Return flights from Anchorage to Brooks Lodge • Buffet style meals - first day will include lunch/dinner and last day will include breakfast/lunch • Valley of 10,000 Smokes Tour including lunch

Pricing (per person) $NZD


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Booking conditions

Brooks Lodge is basic. The main lodge has spectacular views of the aquamarine Naknek Lake, with a circular fireplace where guests can relax in the evening. Guest accommodations consist of sixteen modern rooms all with modern private facilities. Rooms are furnished with two sets of bunk beds, a sink, toilet and shower as well as a heater. Central shower houses are available as well. Television, internet or cell phone service are not available. Rooms are in standalone cabins and multiplexes.

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