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Address: , Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
Phone Number: 9072431595
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their...
Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their summer due to salmon migration.
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Best place to watch bears catching salmon

great place to watch bears catching salmon. Salmon going upriver become easy prey to bears who wait either above or below the falls. Each bear has different techniques of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Mackay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you go in July you would see a lot more bears feasting on the sockeye salmon. Definitely worth it only accessible by sea plane . You can purchase lunch from the lounge which has a great fire place for those chilly days. You need to book approx 12 months a head for peak season expect it to be busy... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

great place to watch bears catching salmon. Salmon going upriver become easy prey to bears who wait either above or below the falls. Each bear has different techniques of catching salmon, and less dominant and baby bears wait further down the river. Two platforms to watch bears, the main one is Falls platform and further down, Riffles platform. It is... More 

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Valla Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I went on a day trip and the float plane trip was amazing (a bit wiggly on the way back as the weather changed). I loved the whole structure of the viewing areas and was very impressed that the NParks are making sure that the bears don't associate people with food. We almost got frisked before we were allowed off... More 

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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I would prefer the title as "the BEST place on earth" over "a wonderful place", but I would be technically incorrect not having been to similar falls other than the Russian River Fall near Cooper Landing. But I think that Brooks Fall's campion title will be extremely difficult to beat given its geography, well-established infrastructure and abundance of wildlife. We... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It is a hassle to get to Katmai, it is expensive (especially if one has to stay overnight in a close by village like King Salmon). BUT if you want to see the bears in their natural environment during the salmon run....this is the place. There is a fair amount of freedom of movement in the park, but one has... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

There are no words. Even breathtaking and incredible fall short. If you want to get up close to BIG brown bears in their own environment, this is the place to do it. A once in a lifetime experience that you will want to do again and again.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I just read the low rating reviews to find out how anyone could not find this place incredible and it turned out that they hadn't gone at the right time. You have to get here for the salmon run - that means June into July, and September. We were there mid-July and it was simply amazing. There were 15 bears... More 

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Central Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This was the highlight of our trip to Alaska. We also took the day trip with Katmailand, flying from Anchorage to King Salmon and then on to Brooks Lake in a 5-passenger float plane. After going through bear school and earning our graduation pin, we were set loose to explore the park and falls on our own. To get to... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We took a day trip with Katmailand to Katmai National Park/Brooks Falls. It was very pricey, but worth it. Our day started at a small hangar on Lake Hood near Anchorage airport. We boarded a small plane (one pilot, 7 passengers) and flew about 1.5 hours to a small remote fishing village where we changed planes to an even smaller... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Given the cost, many will wonder if Brooks Falls is worth it? Absolutely. I have travelled the world and seen many beautiful spots with wildlife including two safaris in Africa and Brooks Falls is one of the greatest adventures I have been on. Being so close to so many huge brown bears that are actively fishing and interacting with each... More 

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