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Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their summer due to salmon migration.
Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is a must do when visiting Alaska. I saved it for our last event and wow was it the experienced I dreamed it would be. If you can spend the night either camping or in a cabin to get more time here. You have...More

Thank Marie F
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We booked our stay at Brooks Lodge inside Katmai National Park for 3 days the first of August 2017 we booked 10 months in advance and could not book anytime during the month of July it was full. July is suppose to be the best...More

4  Thank dbtravels2
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This place is amazing! On our way to the falls we saw a mother bear and her two cubs coming towards us in the opposite direction. We were surprised but stayed calm. So, we backed up slowly about a quarter of a mile until we...More

1  Thank Ritam1360
Reviewed 30 July 2017

I went solo camping in Katmai for a week. It was amazing. I went the first week of July. The salmon were running. Here are some tips: 1. Book a few days if you can. The weather can be rainy, overcast, etc. For Photography, you...More

8  Thank 1909_Chris
Reviewed 28 July 2017

It's about a 1 mile hike to the falls. You'll see lots of bears before you get to the falls. There may be "bear jams" on the trail. Viewing platform offers excellent views of the feeding frenzy.

1  Thank hiker1949
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Day trippers here - cliff note version: Saw nine bears just getting from the plane to the beach. There were extensive bear jams at the bridge crossing. Due to low water levels the bears were having an easier time catching salmon in the lower river....More

3  Thank virginiabackpacker
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We were at Brooks Camp, in KNP&P, on a very wet day and on a same-day roundtrip from Anchorage. Except for the weather, we had it all! It was late in July and the salmon run was at its peak. We saw brown bears in...More

2  Thank gfiore62
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

It's a bucket list event. From the moment you step on to the small float plane, to the first encounter with a bear. The flight over with Katmai air was great friendly professional pilots. As we landed two brown bears were fighting on the beach....More

2  Thank johncon24
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Loved Brooks the first time and loved it again now. We camped behind a secure electric fence and stored food and gear in separate walk-in lockers. Campsite was spotless and vault toilets were cleaned and restocked regularly. But crossing the floating bridge to get to...More

Thank Traveler_from_Alaska
Reviewed 22 July 2017

What an experience. We were greeted by 8 bears as we landed in our float plane. Otis arrived less than 5 minutes after we got to the platform. He ate 15 fish in 75 minutes. Surprisingly, the bears only eat the brain, roe, and skin,...More

1  Thank Mike W
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Response from DiannesReviews | Reviewed this property |
Early July this year (2018)
27 February 2018|
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Response from DiannesReviews |
Thanks so much Marilyn - great timing as we are going on this trip tomorrow! So looking forward to it :-)
21 January 2018|
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Response from 1909_Chris | Reviewed this property |
August will be fine, enjoy your trip!