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Brooks Falls

Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their summer due to salmon migration.
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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141 reviews 141 reviews
50 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

A two hour flight out of Anchorage with Regal Air and then 20 minutes on a seaplane gives one an idea of how isolated this place is. Yes the number of bears depends on the amount of fish and the travel companies can't be held responsible for that. So you pay your money and takes your chance. On our trip... More

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Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Treated ourselves to a day at Katmai National Park and Brooks Lodge to see the bears fishing for salmon. Our day began early with a flight our of Anchorage on a small plane. The views of the surrounding Alaska Range were almost woth the price. We landed at a small airstrip on a lake and transferred to a float plain... More

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New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The experience of being dangerously close to the earths second largest terrestrial carnivore.... We walked many trails ..saw brown bears every where we went... the weather is warm in the day in August and pleasantly cool at night...you share a lodge for meals and you just can't help swapping stories and sharing photos with your neighbors...

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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Sky Trekking Alaska and pilot Tim Gosset are terrific. We worked to plan an itinerary for four days & 3 nights. Flew to Brooks Camp, Land of 10,000 Smokes, down the peninsula to view walrus haul out, saw Pilot Point, combed beaches. Probably the highlight was our visit to very solitary Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve. So quiet and isolated,... More

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Wissous
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46 reviews 46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It´s a very Nice spot but unfortunatly bears run away for at least 10 days. No more salmons in Brooks river. This is due to a warm winter. Salmons came earlier, so they moved earlier too. It was funny to be alone on the board walks as usually this spot is crowded. We have seen 3 bears down the streaming.... More

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Austin, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The platforms can be very packed with people. They limit the number of people on the main platform to 40 at a time and limit the amount of time you can spend there. The bears do not disappoint. So cool to see these bears in a natural setting doing what they do best.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is truly a once in a life time trip to see grizzly bears close up. The float plane over was also an experience and expect a delay at King Salmon if its foggy which it usually is must mornings. The guys can't control the weather so give them a bit of slack and don't moan. The rangers at Katmai... More

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Best ever viewing experience, BUT over a mile stomp to or from the lodge - fine if you are young. But extremely crowded and the system of ensuring that viewers only spend one hour before moving to allow others did not work - because the rangers took the names of the people at the back first (they arrived last !)... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

At the onset of landing with the sea plane we saw bears on the beach. Got settled in at the cabin and noticed the NPR stooped over craning her neck around the tall grass. This is the "be careful, bear nearby" look. :).....and there it was....a bear in the camp. Went to the bridge.....bear there. Saw bear in the water.....bears... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Weather prevented us from leaving king salmon to go to Brooks until roughly 1pm and we were scheduled on the 5pm flight back to king salmon which meant bring at the beach ready to board the floatplane around 4. So a whopping 3 hours to see a completely deserted falls and from the beach just before leaving a brief glimpse... More

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