Brooks Lodge

Brooks Lodge

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4.5
#1 of 5 lodges in Katmai National Park and Preserve
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In the Heart of the Magnificent Katmai Wilderness Brooks Lodge overlooks the world famous Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park. The lodge, originally conceived as a fishing camp, has been in operation since 1950. The facilities have seen continuous upgrading and have gained a world-wide reputation, attracting visitors from all continents. Bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk away. Guest accommodations consist of sixteen modern rooms all with modern private facilities. Rooms accommodate two to four persons. The beautiful main lodge building boasts a spectacular view of aquamarine Naknek Lake. Its large circular fireplace is popular for evening relaxing and reminiscing about the day's adventures. Hearty Alaska fare is served three times a day buffet style in the dining area of the lodge. Cocktails are available for purchase at the lodge bar each afternoon and evening. The world famous bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Katmailand's Brooks Lodge. As many as fifty bears live along the mile and a half long Brooks River during the salmon season. Many visitors see bears within minutes of arrival. All visitors are instructed by the National Park Service on how to conduct themselves in "Bear Country". Superb sportfishing is available adjacent to the lodge on the Brooks River and on the Brooks and Naknek Lakes. The Brooks River is fly fishing only. The Brooks Lodge fishing packages are for independent minded fly fishermen who want to experience the great sportfishing of the Katmai area without the expense of a fully guided sportfishing lodge. Including fly outs in your stay will provide the means to fish other hot spots and allow you to take advantage of the variety of species of fish available in southwest Alaska. At Brooks Lodge you are just 22 miles from the volcanic "Valley of 10,000 Smokes". The Valley is the sight of one of the most violent eruptions in modern history. Novarupta Volcano exploded in 1912 with blasts of hot winds and gas which spewed hot glowing pumice and ash, destroying all living things and burying more than 40 square miles of lush green valley under ash deposits to depths of 700 feet. Daily tours of "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" depart from Brooks Lodge daily. Comfortable accommodations in the heart of the magnificent Katmai wilderness make this a truly perfect vacation spot.
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Brooks River, Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK 99613
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King Salmon Airport
31.9 mi
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South Naknek Airport
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krawner wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Phenomenal experience to see the bears!
Brooks lodge is the quintessential wildlife photographer and salmon fisherman’s dream. During covid-19, the experience is better than ever. To limit the number of visitors only 10 of the 16 cabins were available in August. No camping was allowed. Limited number of day trippers. Therefore, time on the Falls and Riffles platforms was unlimited. No waiting lists and no crowds. Bear school orientation was done outdoors. Visitor center is limited to 2 adults of the same household at a time. Dining room is no longer buffet style but socially distanced assigned dining at one of three time slots. Order your entree choice the day before. Breakfast is $17, lunch is $14 (sandwich) or $20 (hot lunch), dinner is $40. Lunch options are soup and salad, turkey sandwich, caprese sandwich,or ham sandwich. Dinner options usually include salmon, a pasta, and something like a pork chop. Food was good but not amazing. Cabins hold 4 people each with 2 sets of bunk beds plus a bathroom. Rooms are very rustic, basic, and small so don’t expect much. Bring your own shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. You do not have to wear a mask outdoors but do wear a mask on the float plane and indoors except when eating/ drinking. There were 2 cases of covid-19 at brooks lodge in July. Plenty of bears this year. Peak bear season is July during the sockeye salmon run.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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traveldoc147 wrote a review Sep 2021
London, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 3 nights at the loge. What an experience it was. Loved it from the first minute! There are 2 things I would like to comment on.
First, the bear viewing is out of this world. Many years ago, I had seen a National Geographic photo of bears catching fish on the falls and it has been on my bucket, ever since. Things could not be better. The National Park Service looks after the park side of things and safety of people as well as that of the bears very well. We had excellent views, both from the bridge as well as the viewing platforms. Being the shoulder season, there was not much rush and we could spend as long as we wished, viewing the majestic animals!
Second, the lodge. It is such a well oiled machine. We stayed in furnished cabins with attached toilet and shower. The beds were bunked, 4 to a cabin but very comfortable. The food served is restaurant quality fine dining and chef inspired. There is unlimited coffee and tea for the lodge residents but the campers need to pay for it. Post dinner bar is such an excellent idea as after dark, there is nothig to do so people buy drinks and sit around the beautiful fireplace and exchange the day's notes/photographs. There is no wifi and no phone signal and thank God for that. All time is for the bears!
Though I undertand the reason for not including meals, a place that remote (and with no other dining options available), the price should be inclusive of meals. This is the reason for 4 stars, otherwise the whole experience was really 5 star!!!
I forgot to mention, reaching Brooks lodge is very complicated and needs a lot of home work. One has to fly to King Salmon from Anchorage and then either take a water taxi or a float plane to the Katmai National Park. Both modes of transport can get cancelled at a short notice. You would only know after having arrived in King Salmon, as they are extremely weather dependant so DO NOT come without travel insurance. Mind you, this comfort in such a remote place comes at a price so be prepared for that. Everything has to be booked months ahead and paid in advance so do not even think of just walking in even if you plan to camp!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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TheZesty T wrote a review Sep 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Brooks Camp from 8/31/22-9/2/22. I didn't want to leave!!!! It is absolutely worthwhile to save your pennies to make this trip happen. If you stay in the camp ground it is significantly less expensive but the only way to get there is by float plane and a connecting flight to said float plane. Worth. It. Everyone who works at Brooks and for NPS was fantastic. Friendly, knowledgeable, and insanely level headed for how dumb people can be sometimes. If you're lucky enough to get one of the bunk houses, there are only 16 I believe and the lottery for them occurs more than a year in advance, you will find a very small, but extremely clean and comfy space. Two sets of bunk beds, a small sink, stand up shower, and toilet with it's own door. The shower stall looked like it was installed yesterday and there wasn't even the hint of a cobweb in even the highest corner of the ceiling. Do not bring a lot of luggage because there isn't a place to put it. Most people wore pretty much the same thing every day and the logo wear they picked up in the trading post (gift shop).
There's only one place to eat but not to worry the food was outstanding. Way better than banquet food considering it's served buffet style is what you'd expect. Was just as good as a fresh plate made just for you in a restaurant. A great variety too. The chefs and staff are amazing!
I highly recommend Katmai Air for transportation to and from. They are the only flight service directly connected with Brooks Camp though not the only company who will transport you there.
Our day trip to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes was unfortunately cancelled because of bad road conditions from rain, but just an excuse to make another trip. :) We instead filled the day watching the bears, of course, sitting by the fire, going for a short cultural hike with an NPS guide, walking out to see Brooks Lake, and hiking part of Dumpling Mountain.
There is absolutely NO CELL SERVICE OR INTERNET. Enjoy that!
Follow the rules they give you when you arrive in your bear safety class. Everyone is required to take the class for a reason.
I'm ready to plan my next visit!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Listen to the park rangers and staff! Follow the rules. Pack light. Be prepared for all weather....
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bandana72004 wrote a review Sep 2022
Tarpon Springs, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We entered the lottery and stayed 3 nights. We took hikes to the falls and watched the bears interacting at the lower observation area every day. It was unbelievable!

The staff were friendly and kind. I have food allergies and when I asked about the meal they immediately checked with the chef and labeled the menu each day with what my options were. I didn't get sick and had lots of options (this is huge when you're hiking with limited facilities). The last morning I was there, they made me an individual quiche for breakfast! I can't say enough good things about the staff and the service.

I would go back again and again. If you like the outdoors and bear watching this is for you.

We also took the tour - Valley of 10,000 Smokes. Absolutely beautiful. The Park Ranger and the bus driver were very informative. Really enjoyed the experience - the optional hike was a steep descent/ascent but there was plenty of time to make your own pace. The views were exceptional!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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jfd wrote a review Jul 2021
Scottsdale, Arizona
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were at Brooks Camp two years ago and I was lucky to get 3 nights in July this year. The cabin seemed larger as we had a free standing one. Meals were buffet style and not included in the price. There were servers and seating was limited but overnight guests had priority on the tables. Take out was available to eat in a picnic area. Food was very good 2 of the 3 days, then they ran out of ice and milk and the dishes were improvised ( due to bad weather their supplies had not arrived). We saw lots of bears, at the falls, the beach and a few in camp.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: free standing cabins seemed larger
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PassionfortheParks wrote a review Jul 2021
San Diego, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I do not, at all. regret my experience staying here but you need to make sure you understand what you are getting in terms of food and lodging. The bear viewing is phenomenal. You will likely see bears at the falls, in the river, on the trails and in the lodge area. Probably more bears than you might want to see! We were in a cabin that was connected to other cabins. The walls are so thin that they tell you not to flush the toilets at night during quiet hours! The food is expensive but I would go again if I had the chance. Hanging out in the lodge common room is a great place to share photos and bear stories!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: Cabins that are not attached to others is best. Try not to be in the Skytel area.
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Sherri S wrote a review Oct 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Yes, it is remote and pricey. But worth every single penny. The cabins are definitely not lavish but comfortable and worth it so you can get more bear viewing in. The staff and rangers are friendly. We stayed two nights, but next time we will stay four.
This is my happy place!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Fearless114065 wrote a review Feb 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I am very disappointed with Brooks lodge. They raised their prices a considerable amount after I paid the deposit, and they gave only one weeks notice to cancel with out penalty. They are not being fair. It took longer then one week to contact the person I was traveling with. I suggest camping at the campground and not being gauged by the lodge. Brooks Falls is a wonderful special, too bad the lodge is not.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Tammy V wrote a review Sep 2021
Eagle River, Alaska
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a great trip to Brooks Lodge for two nights on September 16th and 17th. We flew to King Salmon and then took the floatplane by Katmai Air to Brooks Lodge. For our family of four, it was a tight fit in the cabin (where do we put our carry on luggage), but no matter as it was a quick stay. The bear viewing is spectacular and we were so fortunate to have wonderful weather, which is not usually the case I understand.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Jason P wrote a review Jul 2021
Wish I was there
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed two nights at Brooks Lodge cabin. Katmai is a unique national park. Most visitors (including us) only see the small portion of the park. Most are there to see the bears.

The cabins are small, but comfortable. The cost of lodging and food is very high, but the number of units is low. Staff is very friendly and helpful. If you go, take the hike up Mt. Dumpling. The views of the mountain and lakes is great. We saw a solo sub-adult bear on our hike.

We also had a guided fishing day with one of the lodge guides. It was a great day fly fishing on the brooks river.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: There are only 16 cabins. If you are lucky enough to get one, the price is the price. You can...
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TravellinAfrican asked a question Jun 2022
Solomon Islands33 contributions71 helpful votes
Are there outlets for campers to charge devices at the lodge?
catr13 asked a question Jan 2022
Australia178 contributions9 helpful votes
Hi there, Could someone please tell what are the meal times for the buffet? Thanks
Answer from Bink
Mansfield, Texas1,080 contribution167 helpful votes
Breakfast 7-8:30 / Lunch 11:30-1:30 / Soup & Salad Bar until 3:00 / Dinner 5:30-8:00 / Lounge Bar until 11:00pm
Answer from Marty P
Madison, Wisconsin27 contributions30 helpful votes
cost
Answer from Lynn B
California199 contributions95 helpful votes
I'm sorry I can't help all the arrangements of my trip were booked through Natural Habitat Adventures
Katie D wrote a tip Aug 2023
Toledo, Ohio351 contributions82 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring bug spray, books to read, cards to play, your own shampoo and conditioner, instant coffee, dress in layers, water bottle"
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TheZesty T wrote a tip Sep 2022
8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Listen to the park rangers and staff! Follow the rules. Pack light. Be prepared for all weather. Lottery happens more than a year in advance."
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PrairiePaddler wrote a tip Aug 2022
United States357 contributions225 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Your cabin assignment is pre-determined when you arrive based upon your lottery number compared to others arriving the same day."
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Marcia K wrote a tip Aug 2021
Homer, Alaska23 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin 27 is the best!"
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jfd wrote a tip Jul 2021
Scottsdale, Arizona1,671 contribution515 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"free standing cabins seemed larger"
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Which popular attractions are close to Brooks Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Brooks Falls (0.5 miles) and Brooks River (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Brooks Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast buffet.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
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