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.