Bear Viewing at Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park
Brooks Falls is world renowned for its large population of brown bears due to salmon migration through Brooks River.
One of the most exciting bear viewing tour programs offered anywhere 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. All visitors are instructed by the National Park Service on how to conduct themselves in "Bear Country". 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 peak 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.
Day 1: Anchorage > Brooks Lodge Katmai National Park This morning make your own way to the Anchorage Airport 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 lodge. They range from 275 meters to 1.6 kilometers from the main lodge. National Park Service rangers will point you in the right direction and answer all of your questions about this incredible park and viewing areas.
Day 2: Brooks Lodge Commence on your Valley of 10,000 Smokes tour including a sack lunch. Travel 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 kilometers of lush green land lay buried beneath volcanic deposits as much as 200 meters deep. Acid rain caused clothes to disintegrate on clotheslines in distant Vancouver, Canada. The eruption was 10 times more forceful than the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helen's. 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 lunch.
Day 3: Brooks Falls > Anchorage Today is yours to explore Katmai and spend more time at the viewing platforms, before departing late afternoon for Anchorage, arriving at approximately 7pm.
• 2 Nights accommodation • Return flights Anchorage to Brooks Falls • Un-guided bear and wildlife viewing at lodge • Professional National Park Service Ranger on site • Return flights from Anchorage to Brooks Lodge • Includes buffet style meals (first day will include lunch/dinner and last day will include breakfast/lunch) • Valley of 10,000 Smokes Tour including a sack lunch
Pricing (per person) $NZD
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 2 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.
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 2 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.