Brooks Lodge

Overlooking the famous Brooks Falls in the heart of Katmai National Park, a 3.6 million-acre preserve, Brooks Lodge is one of the best places in Alaska for close encounters with brown or grizzly bears. The park harbours over 2,200 grizzlies, with males often reaching an impressive 3 metres in height. As bears aren’t hunted in Katmai, they are very tolerant of humans, making extraordinary viewing possible. Each year, from around mid-June to mid-September, grizzlies gather in the Brooks River to catch spawning salmon – a sight to behold!

Brooks Lodge offers accommodation in 16 ensuite rooms, sleeping up to 4 guests in each. As it is such a popular destination, the Brooks area can become quite crowded during peak bear-viewing season so to secure your space, we encourage you to book early. Our suggestion is to make your reservation up to 18 months in advance, especially if travelling in July, which is considered the prime viewing month.

Other activities available from Brooks Lodge include a full day tour of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, which is Katmai National Park’s reason for being. Whilst almost none of the fumaroles and fissures are still steaming, the fascinating volcanic landscape left behind by Novarupta’s eruption in 1912 is worth a look.

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How to get to Brooks Lodge

Flights are available from Anchorage to King Salmon, where a float plane will take you to Brooks Lodge.

Activities at Brooks Lodge

  • Bear viewing
  • Fishing
  • Day trip to Valley of 10,000 Smokes

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Brooks Lodge Highlights

  • One of the most popular bear-viewing lodges in Katmai National Park
  • Next to the famous Brooks Falls and Brooks River
  • Where grizzly bears are known to fish during the salmon run
  • Authentic accommodation and generous Alaskan meals
  • Opportunities for fishing and to visit the Valley of 10,000 Smokes

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Alaska Overview

Why visit Alaska? Mountains, glaciers, wildlife – everything is bigger in Alaska. A cruise of the stunning Inside Passage is on nearly everyone’s bucket list; consider a small ship for the most intimate experience. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife encounters, in particular whale watching and bear viewing. In Denali NP, look for the “Denali Slam”: moose, caribou, wolf, Dall sheep and brown bear.

When is the best time to go to Alaska? The warmer months (mid May to mid September) are the best time to visit, as they offer long hours of daylight. Spring is when the wilderness becomes a hive of activity, with whales arriving and bears coming out of hibernation to feed on sedge and berries. July to September is when the salmon run occurs and a good time to see bears fishing.

What can I combine Alaska with? Canada. The country’s west (Pacific) coast is home to the picturesque Rocky Mountains, and can be easily explored by rail. You can also visit the beautiful alpine towns of Banff and Jasper, or encounter wild grizzly bears at Knight Inlet. On the east (Atlantic) coast, explore charming French-speaking Montreal or Quebec City, or take a tour of the historic Atlantic Maritimes.

How do you get to Alaska: Fly to Anchorage or Juneau in Alaska. Inside Passage cruises depart from Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau or Seattle (in Washington State).

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