We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Brooks River

Features Animals
Review Highlights
What an experience

Always had a special place for bears. Unbelievably experience from pontoon boat ride to cabin stay... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
Becky V
via mobile
An amazing place to visit

I did a review of this under the title Brooks Falls. It's an absolutely amazing place to see bears... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2018
Christine G
Lanark, United Kingdom
Read all 50 reviews
All photos (37)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good12%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“bear viewing”(6 reviews)
“salmon”(8 reviews)
One of the best sites for spotting brown bears, this river flows through the heart of Katmai National Park.
Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
Reviews (50)
Filter reviews
39 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bear viewing viewing platform salmon return flight national park katmai air bear jams float plane sow playing brooks bridge fishing bears trail title falls
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 39 reviews
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Always had a special place for bears. Unbelievably experience from pontoon boat ride to cabin stay to bear watching. I respect the bear more then ever. People at Brooks lodge were great. A group of us from road scholar stayed in cabins which were rustic...More

Thank Becky V
Reviewed August 3, 2018

I did a review of this under the title Brooks Falls. It's an absolutely amazing place to see bears fishing for salmon and also see the salmon trying to leap up the falls. You should definitely visit this when you are in Alaska.

Thank Christine G
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Float planed in on Katmai Air from King Salmon and a bear met us on the beach. He was the first of many we encountered on our two days. We stayed in King Salmon and float planed in each morning and left in the evening....More

1  Thank lisa s
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Having finished our first visit to Alaska, we ldentified some new places we wanted to visit and Brooks Falls was at the top of,that list. To get there, we took a Float Plane out of Anchorage, AK. My wife was apprehensive of such a small...More

Thank foxyfrank7
Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

We flew from anchorage to the brooks river lodge and already the arrival with the waterplane through this stunnig area was great. After 20 minutes of coaching by a ranger you are allowed to move in this area all on your own and experience the...More

Thank Fabi_kuhn
Reviewed September 4, 2017

This review is for both the river and falls (I'm not sure why they are separate). Totally awesome, absolutely unique opportunity to see the bears up close and IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT. I stress that because yes, there are "inconveniences" where you have to wait...More

2  Thank kosBayArea
Reviewed August 27, 2017

Salmon still heading upstream in early August and not as crowded with tourists as July (according to friends/rangers)

1  Thank Gma28
Reviewed August 15, 2017

The quick float plan flight soon was near over when we spied a bear playing in the water close to where we touched down. Instructed to go attend the BEAR TALK, we did then headed down a path thru cabins to the lodge to eat...More

2  Thank Kenneth C
Reviewed August 9, 2017

Visited the River from Brooks Lodge during peak feeding seasons. Great activity view-able from any of three large viewing platforms.

1  Thank Robert L
Reviewed August 6, 2017

First of all I need to point out that the badly managed title is not for the tour company but the rangers of brooks lodge. We did the day tour from Anchorage. It started with about an hour’s flight to King Salmon. From there we...More

2  Thank Stamrish1
View more reviews
Nearby RestaurantsSee all nearby restaurants
D & D
15 reviews
33.33 miles away
Eddie's Fireplace Inn
52 reviews
33.41 miles away
Heart O' The Shire
6 reviews
42.50 miles away
Red Dog Inn
5 reviews
45.97 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 10 nearby attractions
Brooks Falls
269 reviews
.48 miles away
Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes
56 reviews
18.01 miles away
Morrison Guide Service
12 reviews
32.68 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Jane L
Thank you for the review. We just spent 12 days in Alaska; rented an RV in Anchorage, went to Portage and Whittier, Girdwood, Eklutna Lake, Denali State Park, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, then back to Anchorage. One of the main reasons we planned this trip was to photograph grizly catching salmon. We saw only one grizzly bear with her two cubs in Denali National Park but we were on the shuttle bus and they cannot let you out to photograph. We saw a few moose off the road going up Chena Hot Springs Road but they fled before we got to them. We saw one moose at Chena Hot Springs and were able to get a few good pictures. Outside of that we saw next to no wildlife, even though we camped in several campgrounds warning they'd had recent bear visits. We were so very disappointed. We are planning a trip next Summer (2019) in July and plan to go to Katmai. How did you get there, do you have any recommendations? Thank you very much.
August 6, 2018|
Response from JCAMHNC | Reviewed this property |
Hello - I am also going to Katmai in July 2019. I have been there previously in 2016. If you are going for a day -trip (cost $800 pp), please understand that you may only have about an hour to actually see the bears because... More
April 3, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from JCAMHNC | Reviewed this property |
I took a camp stool with me and it was one of the best things I did.
January 10, 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from foxyfrank7 | Reviewed this property |
We had about an hour at the viewing point and there are two. Ne closer than the other but there are bears at the Falls and some Bears in the River/Stream not far from the Falls. Twice in Alaska, we wore shorts most of the... More