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We were so thrilled to see many bears in mid August . It turned out late afternoon was the best time. A once in a lifetime experience and well worth the effort to get there and the cost. Even the float plane is an experience....More
The bears are amazing because they know their survival depends on eating enough salmon to get them through hibernation. Most of the people at the falls are fairly intelligent; but, some make just really stupid comments. Most photographers (and there are a lot) are fairly...More
The price is steep to get to Katmai, but worth every penny! When we had our chance to view at the upper falls there were 19 bears in the river! It was stunning. Walking between the platform areas you do have to watch our for...More
Didn't see bear fishing salmons since it wasn't July yet, but it was worthy anyway. Quite and pacific, we fell in love with this place. You can find a bear everywhere. It was expensive to get there, but if you sleep in the camp you...More
Tuesday, 24 July 2018, booked through Katmailand. This trip included transportation by 4 different flights, 2 by turboprop, and 2 by floatplane. As a pilot, I can vouch for the safety and efficiency of all the flights. The first thing after landing at Brooks Lake...More
Seeing the Bears was just simply amazing. The viewing platform is great and we spent a good hour and a half observing the bears. We had to wait two hours when we arrived to cross the bridge, though, as there were bears within 50 yard...More
This was our 56th National Park and one of the best to which we have been.
There are no roads in or out of the Park, so most visitors get there by bush plane to King Salmon and then a float plane to one of...More
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Hi, that's a beautiful lodge in a beautiful area, we had tea there one night when we stayed at Cooper Landing. As for bear viewing, you can't beat Brooks Falls. We used Rusts Flying Service who leave from Anchorage which is... More
Hi, that's a beautiful lodge in a beautiful area, we had tea there one night when we stayed at Cooper Landing. As for bear viewing, you can't beat Brooks Falls. We used Rusts Flying Service who leave from Anchorage which is a 3 hour drive from Cooper Landing. That's the only one I know of anyway though it sounds like others may know more. But yes it's definitely worth doing your homework as it's unbelievable. But it books out months in advance so you'll need to plan ahead. Also ensure it's the right season. We planned our whole trip around bear viewing time :-)
I can't believe the negative reviews for Brooks Falls. It was an incredible life-changing experience that will forever alter your view of bears. First - do your research and find out the best time to go. The falls are not... More
I can't believe the negative reviews for Brooks Falls. It was an incredible life-changing experience that will forever alter your view of bears. First - do your research and find out the best time to go. The falls are not the only place to view the bears. If fact, there are three viewing platforms and the bears are not on a set schedule. The funny, natural behaviors we saw were not at the falls. We even saw a bear walk by as I carefully and very slowly opened the door of the porta john. You just never know when and where you could encounter a bear - thus bear school. We went in the beginning of this month. The salmon were starting to run. Where there is salmon, there are bears. We went with a small tour group so were prepared for the weather. It can be hot or cold. The necessities are sunscreen, bug spray (not too bad when we went), sunglasses, a brimmed hat or cap, rain gear (pants and jacket) and layers of clothing. My husband took photos and I just took video on my iPhone and downloaded it every night. One young bear started dancing around and then grabbed a flower and continued dancing. I got it on video. I got courting (according to a ranger) on video. Still shots would have done nothing. I purchased a charger b(before the trip) for my phone so when the battery ran down, I could both run it off the charger and charge the phone at the same time. Most definitely worth it! And you have to have decent binoculars. I think July would be a safe bet but I would still check. August might be winding down. Have an awesome time.