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Brooks Lodge / Katmai National Park
Trip Overview Detailed Itinerary Rates & Policies
Brooks Falls, located in Katmai National Park, is world renowned for its incredible brown bear viewing. Special viewing platforms are located along the Brooks River and at Brooks Falls. These platforms offer safe, unobstructed and up-close bear watching, and photography - within easy walking distance from Brooks Lodge on maintained trails.

Peak bear viewing season at Brooks Falls is from late-June through July. This is the period when you would most likely see the bears fishing for salmon at the falls. From late-August until mid-September, which is also a peak time, salmon will be actually spawning in the Brooks River and the bears are feeding throughout the river. While much of August is not considered peak bear viewing season, the bears of Katmai continue to roam through the area and sightings are quite common.

LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY

INFORMATION

Accommodations:Cabins at Brooks Lodge have 2 sets of bunk beds (4 single beds total), a sink, toilet, shower and heater. Television, Internet and cell phone service is not available at the Lodge.

Bear Viewing: While bears are typically seen in the area all summer long, sightings are NOT guaranteed. Prime viewing is typically from the end of June through July and the end of August through mid-September, when the salmon are running.

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 Brooks Falls / 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 a brief bear safety orientation. Afterwards, check into your overnight accommodation. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Brooks Camp, viewing brown bears from observation platforms, and hiking on the numerous trails. Overnight Brooks Lodge.

Day 2/Departure: Brooks Falls / Katmai National Park to Anchorage
Spend the day at Brooks Lodge. Relax at the lodge, take a walk on the trails to the observation platforms, or take a guided bus tour to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes (not included). In the afternoon or early evening you have a return flight to Anchorage **.

If you stay longer: you enjoy more bear viewing and can part take in the 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

  • Large population of brown bears during salmon migration
  • Special platforms offer unobstructed, up-close bear viewing
  • 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)
  • Unguided bear viewing
  • All taxes and park fees

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