Katmai National Park Bear Viewing: 2 Night Stay (King Salmon)

Visit one of the world's most photographed bear viewing locations at Brooks Falls and see the bears fishing for wild salmon.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Accommodation: 2 nights
  • Starting at: $1889 / per person
  • Availability: June, July, September
  • Highlights: Start from Anchorage with a scheduled flight to King Salmon for two nights. Transfers by float plane from King Salmon to Naknek Lake and the shores of Brooks Camp where a National Park Ranger will greet each flight for a briefing and an update on bear activity. This region of Katmai National Park is well known for its large population of brown bears that congregate to feed during the salmon migrations. Walking trails to special platforms that offer unobstructed, up-close bear viewing are available. Spend two nights in King Salmon with float plane transfers to Brooks each day (3 total) before returning to Anchorage via a scheduled jet flight.
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Tour Overview

Enjoy a two-night Alaska bear viewing tour at Brooks Falls. Brooks Falls, located in Katmai National Park, is world renowned for its incredible brown bear viewing. Special wildlife 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 well maintained trails.

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

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.

What's Included

  • Round trip flights between Anchorage and King Salmon
  • Daily roundtrip flights between King Salmon and Brooks Camp
  • Overnight in King Salmon (see under Rates & Policies for accommodation information)
  • Unguided bear viewing at Brooks
  • All taxes and park fees

What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage, meals, optional excursions.


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Tour Itinerary

July and September historically are the most popular months for bear viewing at Brooks. The only accommodation available at Brooks is Brooks Lodge. Brooks Lodge is sold out in July and September over a year in advance. If you are looking at going for a few days to Katmai National Park / Brooks Camp in July or September, we highly recommend this program with alternative accommodations in King Salmon. This program includes daily flights to Brooks on the first and last day of the program.

Day
1

Anchorage to King Salmon

In the morning transfer to the Anchorage Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Depart Anchorage (as early as 7:30 am) aboard a scheduled flight to King Salmon. On arrival in King Salmon, 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. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Brooks Camp, viewing brown bears from observation platforms, and hiking on the numerous trails. In the evening fly back to King Salmon where you overnight.

Day
2

King Salmon

This early morning you will fly from King Salmon to Brooks for bear viewing again. Spend the day at Brooks Lodge: take a walk on the trails to the observation platforms, or take a guided bus tour to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes (see Tour Add-Ons). In the late afternoon fly from Brooks to King Salmon. Overnight King Salmon.

Day
3

King Salmon to Anchorage

Early this morning return to Brooks to spend the day. Afternoon flight back to King Salmon and from here connecting flight to Anchorage. Return to Anchorage in the afternoon to late evening.

** Flight Times! Please note the flight times to/from Anchorage vary and depend on the length of stay as well as availability of flights at time of booking. The final flight times will be provided with the travel documents. A night in Anchorage before and after this tour is required.



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Browse Dates & Rates

To complete this reservation we will need for each person: Full name including middle name(s), gender, date of birth and body weight.

Children must be at least 7 years to participate in this tour.

Special Final Payment Policy:
Final Payment is due 90 days prior.

Cancellation Policy:
Any time after our written confirmation up to 61 days: $100 per person or 10% of invoice total, whichever is greater.
60 to 45 days prior to lodge stay / tour date: 30% of invoice total.
44 to 31 days prior to lodge stay / tour date: 60% of invoice total.
30 to 0 days prior to lodge stay / tour date: 100% of invoice total.

Packages are non-refundable, even if flights between King Salmon and Brooks are cancelled due to weather. However, flights between Anchorage and King Salmon/Brooks Camp are generally very reliable in any weather.



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