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Brooks Lodge / Katmai National Park
Trip Overview Detailed Itinerary Rates & Policies
Brooks Falls and Camp, located in Katmai National Park, is world renowned for its incredible brown bear viewing. The bears are attracted to this area particularly during the time of the salmon run in the Brooks River (typically July and September). Please note that most bears don't inhabit this area and only come here to feed on salmon. There are very few bears that are resident bears of Brooks Camp.

This program focuses on the experience of staying inside Katmai National Park and the natural wonders this area has to offer. There is a possibility for spotting a bear, yet it cannot be guaranteed.

The Katmai National Monument was established in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Mount Katmai and the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. It protects 9,000 years of human history as well as important habitat for salmon and the thousands of brown bears that feed on them. The Brooks Camp area is the gateway to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes; even though no longer active, its still an impressive area and worth a visit!

LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY

INFORMATION

Accommodations at Brooks Camp/Lodge:  Rooms are very simple; all have 2 sets of bunk beds (4 single beds total), a sink, toilet (not fully enclosed), shower and heater. Television, Internet and cell phone service is not available at Brooks Camp.

Airplane Information:  The flight from Anchorage to King Salmon/Kulik is in a twin-engine, wheeled plane. The flight from King Salmon/Kulik to Brooks is on a small, 6 to 8 passenger, single-engine float plane. Due to limited space, visitors are asked to keep their luggage to a minimum and bring only soft-side luggage. Please do not bring hard-side suitcases!

Food and Meals: Visitors are not allowed to bring food to Brooks. This is for the protection of both people and bears. A dining area in the main lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets daily. Meals are NOT included with any of the packages. The Lodge ONLY accepts cash, Visa and MasterCard.



ITINERARY

Day 1: Anchorage to Katmai National Park
Depart Anchorage (as early as 7:30 am) aboard a scheduled flight to King Salmon or Kulik. On arrival in King Salmon or Kulik, a local representative will transfer you directly to a seaplane for a 20 minute flight to Brooks Camp. On arrival in Brooks Camp, meet with Park Service staff for an orientation of the area. Afterwards, check into your overnight accommodation. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Brooks Camp - enjoy hiking on one of the numerous trails, or take one of the optional boat trips offered at the camp (not included). Kayaks and canoes are available to explore the lake area (kayak/canoe rental at additional charge). Park ranger programs are available as well (change daily and will be posted the at Brooks Camp). Overnight Brooks Camp.

Day 2/Departure: Brooks Falls / Katmai National Park to Anchorage
Today you have the opportunity to participate in the guided tour to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes (not included). The tour departs Brooks at 8:30/9:00am. The 23 mile drive to the valley offers scenic views and you possibly may see wildlife. At the valley you will have amazing views from the Overnlook Cabin and you find informative displays of the history of this area. Those interested may hike down with the tour guide to examine the ash and pumice "Valley" floor. The hike is a bit stranuous. You return to Brooks Camp in the afternoon.

If flying back to Anchorage today, you will depart upon return to Brooks. Flight back to Anchorage is via King Salmon or Kulik. **

If you stay longer: you enjoy more activities or offered park ranger programs.

** The return to Anchorage can vary and depends on the length of stay and availability of flights. If you book the 2 day/1 night program you typically return to Anchorage at approximately 9:00 pm. With the 3 day/2 night or 4 day/3 night programs you typically depart Anchorage around 9:30 am on day 1, and return to Anchorage at approximately 4:00 pm on the last day.

A night in Anchorage before and after this tour is required.



Tour Highlights

  • Experinece Katmai National Park, one of Alaska's most remote National Parks
  • Visit the impressive Valley of 10,000 Smokes
  • National Park Ranger programs available each day

Tour Includes

  • Round trip flights between Anchorage and Brooks Camp (via King Salmon or Kulik Lodge)
  • Overnight at Brooks Lodge (see under Rates & Policies for accommodation information)
  • Park ranger programs
  • All taxes and park fees


Not included: optional boat tours, kayak/canoe rental, Valley of 10,000 Smokes tour. Meals and gratuity.

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