Brooks Lodge

Nestled in the heart of Katmai National Park

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.

Accommodation in Alaska

Below are some of our other recommended Alaskan wilderness lodge accommodation options, carefully selected for their superior location, incredible wildlife and wilderness experiences, service and level of comfort.

Brooks Lodge

Probably the most famous lodge in Alaska for grizzly bear viewing, Brooks Lodge occupies prime position next to the salmon-rich Brooks River and Brooks Falls.

Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Amongst the finest bear viewing destinations in Alaska, Katmai Wilderness Lodge is also one of the few lodges within Katmai National Park.

Redoubt Bay Lodge

Family-run Redoubt Bay Lodge is the only lodge in a vast 171,000 acre wilderness teeming with bears and other native Alaskan wildlife.

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