Brooks Falls
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Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their summer due to salmon migration.
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MiddleClassTraveler
Atlanta, GA139 contributions
Jun 2021
We couldn't believe our luck in getting a spot for the day trip out to Brooks Falls (during non-covid time it's nearly impossible). A novel experience no matter how you slice it. From Anchorage you take a small plane to King Salmon, AK and then the real fun begins as you board a float plane in the river.

It's a short flight to Brooks Falls from there and you land in the pristine lake as you make your way to shore. As others have mentioned, the rangers give you a quick talk (Bear school) and you are on your way, free to explore as you see fit. It was pretty busy the day we arrived (June 30) so we needed to wait 1.5 hours before we could get to the upper platform next to the falls. Having said that, the Riffles platform was perfect for viewing! Grazer and cubs showed up, as did 7 or so others. Sadly, the salmon hadn't made it to the falls yet so nothing was being caught, but it was still spectacular to see these bears so close. Had an awesome time, would love to be able to stay the night but those cabins are even harder to get.

All in all, would recommend. It's a bit of gamble if you are early in the season, you may not see any bears or any salmon depending on your luck. We were lucky and very grateful.
Written July 31, 2021
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Ahmed
Canton, MI10 contributions
Aug 2021
Visited Brooks Falls via a float plane from Homer on August 25, 2021. Our flight the day before was canceled due to poor weather (give yourself a few days in case this happens and it's important to your trip to go!). We were able to call around to other operators and get a flight for the next day. The time at the park is limited given that we did it as a day trip, so I would recommend getting lodging ahead of time if you want more time with the bears. The overall experience is remarkable and ranks among my best wildlife experiences overall. We saw 10-15 bears salmon fishing, including a few cubs.
Written June 20, 2022
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Swamy N
231 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The bear and nature viewing in July is perhaps the best nature viewing in all of America. My only suggestion may be to have patrolling rangers regularly walking up and down the trails. My young kids, ages 7.5 and 10, encountered a grizzly bear that “jumped” onto the trail back to Brooks Camp. We walked back gently towards the viewing platforms and were aided by a larger group, who along with us, backed off the trail a few yards into the woods. The bear then walked on by in benign fashion. It was a scary encounter though for sure.
Written July 24, 2021
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Gerald B
Las Vegas, NV429 contributions
Jun 2022
It was quite a long walk to Brooks Falls from where the ranger station was located. The elevated viewing platforms made it nice to see the bears fish and feed with little risk. There is a long walk between the two viewing stations, so either go with a group or carry a bear horn since you may meet a bear on the walk. There were several cubs in the area and so you don't want to get too close to the cubs.

The sea plane ride was a nice experience and landing on the water was quite comfortable.
Written July 6, 2022
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atravelinggirl3988
New York City, NY106 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
An experience of a lifetime!!! I cannot say enough about this place. It is MIND BLOWING- you cannot believe that it’s real. There are bears literally everywhere you look. We couldn’t even get on the beach when we arrived because we were greeted by 5 bears within feet of us- and that is just the beginning. We saw over a hundred bears up close and personal. An experience we will NEVER forget. We cannot wait to go back!!!!
Written July 18, 2022
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Bob S
Laconia, NH80 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
By far this is the trip we talk about the most when we tell people about our Alaska adventure. The bears in the falls are simply the best. Mid July seems to be the best time to go as the salmon are running and the bears are everywhere. The rangers do a great job educating everyone and at no time did I feel unsafe being around all of these amazing animals.
Written August 5, 2021
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Steve R
24 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
BEARS!! We had watched the falls on the live bear cams on you tube, it doesn't do it justice, the experience is AMAZING!!! Watching the bears catch fish, having them walk right beneath you from the viewing platforms and bridges, seeing them interact with other bears, it is really beyond description, a true bucket list experience. The rest of the park is so peaceful and beautiful, it rained a good part of our time there, but it was still beautiful beyond description. The cabins are basic housing, bunk beds, toilet, and shower, but you really don't need a lot. Because of Covid restrictions meals were being served lunch room style, but you could go back for seconds. The servings were large but to be honest a lot of the food wasn't very good, they tried to make it look good but often times it had little or no seasoning. I will admit I am old fashioned meat and potatoes so some of their offerings were a little too "modern" for my taste, still, we didn't go hungry. This place should be on everyone's bucket list.
Written August 27, 2021
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Sandy L
Colorado Springs, CO26 contributions
Jul 2020
We took a day trip to Katmai NP through Katmai Air. A long day, but providing nearly 6 hours viewing the bears in action. This is an opportunity no one should miss. The chance to see these bears "up close and personal" is unique in our travels. The bears are as close as you would want to get, in some cases closer than that (see photo). The activity of the salmon as they try to make it over the falls is also entertaining. Highly recommend this trip!
Written July 27, 2020
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WTH9
Philadelphia, PA569 contributions
Jun 2021
I am sure it would have been a 5 star experience if we would have seen at least 1 bear. We were here at the end of June and although we did not expect dozens we thought we would have seen a few. Not even 1. It is a very expensive day. It was a beautiful flight in and out as well as walking around the park.
Written July 14, 2021
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Maikai_hoaloha
Honolulu143 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Truly an amazing experience. Very expensive to get there, but well worth the effort.
I was able to see at least 14 different bears. It was a slow day at the waterfalls, but eventually saw one catch a jumping salmon.
Would love to go again.
Written September 4, 2021
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