The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is located in the heart of the 1.9 million acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Karluk Lake. The Kodiak Refuge is on one of the most productive... Read more.
This tour is not available in 2022!
Enjoy a 2 or 3 day 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.
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 has gone to a lottery system and getting space at Brooks Lodge is very challenging. This programs gives you still the opportunity to visit Katmai National Park / Brooks for a few days and you will overnight in King Salmon. King Salmon is the closest alternative overnight option to Brooks. This program includes daily flights to Brooks from King Salmon.
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.
King Salmon to Anchorage
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). Afternoon flight back to King Salmon and from here connecting flight to Anchorage. Return to Anchorage in the afternoon to late evening.
If booking the 3 day / 2 night package, you will overnight in King Salmon on day 2 again. On day 3 you will fly back over to Brooks for the day. In the evening of day 3 you return to King Salmon and then connecting flight to Anchorage. Return to Anchorage in the afternoon to late evening of day 3.
** Flight Times! Please note the flight times to/from Anchorage vary and depend on the 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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Book the "Katmai National Park Bear Viewing with overnight in King Salmon", to add these tour add-on's to your reservation.