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Brooks River

Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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Where are the BEARS? HERE!

The quick float plan flight soon was near over when we spied a bear playing in the water close to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kenneth C
Reedley, California, Usa
Swarming with Salmon and Bears

Visited the River from Brooks Lodge during peak feeding seasons. Great activity view-able from any... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert L
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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One of the best sites for spotting brown bears, this river flows through the heart of Katmai National Park.
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Reviewed yesterday

The quick float plan flight soon was near over when we spied a bear playing in the water close to where we touched down. Instructed to go attend the BEAR TALK, we did then headed down a path thru cabins to the lodge to eat...More

Thank Kenneth C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the River from Brooks Lodge during peak feeding seasons. Great activity view-able from any of three large viewing platforms.

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all I need to point out that the badly managed title is not for the tour company but the rangers of brooks lodge. We did the day tour from Anchorage. It started with about an hour’s flight to King Salmon. From there we...More

Thank Stamrish1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb 2 days seeing 17+ bears at the falls. Flown in early (7:30am) and beat the bear jams for a great 2 days

1  Thank Graham B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

The entire Brooks River is a marvel in late June! There are salmon, trout and bears to eat them. It was well worth the effort required to get here. I would reccomned staying at least overnight, if not longer. The bears are most active before...More

Thank fewsl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful watching all the bears, very low water leavels this year, makes it heearder for the bears, gardened if you love salmon, ad go salmon fishing, its not a case of am i going to get any, but how many am i going to get,...More

Thank LORIAN65
Reviewed 7 June 2017

We visited in early September, so the bears were more concentrated lower down in the river, near Lake Naknek. but we saw many bears and very close indeed. We even had a sow with cubs cross just behind us after we passed without us knowing....More

1  Thank rdsat
Reviewed 14 May 2017

First half day of arrival walked up to the falls and watched the bears fishing for silvers and listened to all the stories from the rangers and biologists. Took some memorable photos and then had a great supper in the lodge. Cabin is tiny but...More

Thank ingraham2017
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Brooks River flows from Brooks Lake about a mile and a half long down to Naknek Lake. It is one of the earliest places where bears can feed on salmon, so they come to Brooks River in droves. There are several areas along the River...More

Thank jcamilleh
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5 May 2015|
Response from Bruce P |
Pen air out of Anchorage can fly you to King Salmon. From King Salmon you can fly Katmai Air to Brooks Falls. Cost will run about $800.00 per person.