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Brooks Camp
Reviewed September 24, 2010

Something of a once in lifetime experience. I’ve never been so close to so many really big bears. We enjoyed the whole experience immensely. With the exception of the girl working the counter at the trading post, all the rangers and lodge employees were exceptionally nice and helpful. Glad we went in September since I don’t think I would have liked the bugs of early summer.

We stayed two nights. The lodging was was expensive and somewhat minimalist. I think there may be approximately 35 cabins and lodge rooms. The lodge rooms are in a single building detached from the bar and dining room. This building has about five or six rooms on each side. Minimal sound insulation between rooms. The remainder of the lodging units are individual cabins. If I had it to do again, I would have asked for one of the cabins since I think the rate is the same.

Food at the buffet was very good (a surprise). There is often fog on the lake in the morning. We didn't have any problem when we left but the people leaving the day before were delayed about four hours (we would have missed our airline connection if we would have left on that day). I will probably never go back but am so glad that I finally got around to going to Brooks camp.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

For anyone planning to come to Katmai, there is no reason camping shouldn't be seriously considered as one of your options. Truth be told, I do not do a lot of camping, but with cabin rates of $750/night, and campsite rates of $8/person/night, it frankly was a fairly easy decision, even taking into account the cost of the camping equipment we rented in Anchorage.

Campsite reservations can be made starting in early January, and since we were interested in traveling to Katmai during peak bear viewing season at Brooks Falls (July), we made our reservations within a few days after they were made available. This was necessary because reservations fill fast and you might not get what you want or need otherwise. However, even with the reservations being full, when we arrived at Brooks Camp we did not at all get the impression that it was crowded and in fact we had our choice of a number of different cleared areas to set up our tent.

Upon our arrival to Brooks, a ranger very helpfully explained all of the information and rules that we needed to know for our camping, and we were given a cart to help carry our luggage approximately 1/2 mile to the campsites. The campsites themselves are surrounded by an electric fence, and there are gear and food caches for you to store all of the appropriate items. There is running potable water and pit toilets, so life was made a little easier for us to survive in such a remote setting. Not to mention the meals that are served at Brooks Lodge, which while a little pricey (what do you expect for a lodge out in the middle of nowhere), were actually quite good and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality and selection of what was served.

Our time at Brooks Camp and Brooks Falls was an incredible experience (almost to the point that the amount of bears around made it surreal). And staying overnight allows you to take an excellent tour to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, which is a very unique area to see and explore.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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15  Thank Raspy
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

This was the best part of our Alaska-trip. Expensive flights but a must-do. Stayed for two nights on the Campground. Simple but a real alascan feeling. We loved the bears. They were everywhere. (Mosquitos too.) GREAT!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank smei1977
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Reviewed August 3, 2008

The campground is about a 1.5 mile walk from the Falls, and everytime we took the walk it was an adventure. We always had bears along the way, and the view of the Naknek Lake beach along the way, the bay, the floatplanes, and the curious bears are something which the Lodge visitors probably don't take in as much. The camp is surrounded by a flimsy electrical fence, but apparently this is enough. According to the rangers, there was only one bear entry into the camp the year before we stayed there. The bears are really not interested in the humans that are around. There is a central gear and food cache, so the bears don't associate the people/campground with food/toys. If you don't have a problem camping, this place is $8 per night / per person- a bargain compared to the outrageous $300 per night / per person at the lodge. Unless you're filthy rich or really concerned about sleeping outside with bears nearby, there is absolutely no excuse to sleep at the lodge. The camp has toilets and potable water, and you can shower at the lodge for $7.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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7  Thank eg2000
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Reviewed July 18, 2008

Spent 3 nights here. This campsite is amazing. You can pitch up almost on the beach front, with bears roaming just feet away from you (the other side of a small electric fence) The view across the lake is gorgeous and it is peaceful. The site is about quarter of a mile from the Lodge where you can get meals, a bar and a shower (plus a shop in the daytime that also sells white gas) . The site has drinking water, picnic areas with fire rings and food/fuel/gear caches so you don't attract bears in. The vault toilets were new, spotless and odourless. I think the caches and toilets were all new this season. i think we paid about $8 a night, compared to goodness knows how many hundreds to stay in the Lodge cabins. Brooks is out of this world and you really need to come for 3 nights or more to get the benefit so camping is a good cheap way to do this.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank LondonKazza
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Reviewed November 3, 2006

Sept. 9-11th, 2006 I slept at Brooks campground for 2 nights. The views of the nearby water iare lovely, expecially the sunsets. It is surrounded by an electric fence to keep the bears out. The bears walk along the shoreline less than 50 yrs from the campground's electric fence. It is about a 10 minute leisurely walk from the lodge. There are outhouses, and 2 storage sheds for food and luggage. You can pay for a shower at the lodge. I only brought a very small tent & tiny down mummy bag with me from home. Before flying to Brooks I stopped at the Walmart in Anchorage and bought a $5 backpackers sleeping pad & plastic ground cover in case it rained. The ground was soft. I lett them in the storage shed with a "free" sign on them for someone who might need them in the future. Next time I think I'll just buy a cheap sleeping bag at Walmart in Anchorage instead of hauling mine from home. It was the only time I camped during my 2 wk. land trip. I only brought a few snack items like beef jerky and energy bars. I paid about $33 each day for 2 meals in the lodge which I found to be the perfect way of traveling there. Camping was $8 per night per person. The lodge allows campers to eat and hang out in the common areas of the lodge until 10pm so really, one only has to go to the campground to sleep! There were no mosquitos in September and the weather was mild. I saved MANY hundreds of dollars by camping instead of staying in the lodge, especially since I was travelling alone. Camping is definitely a way to be able to financially go there, especially since it costs about $550 just to fly there from Anchorage.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled solo
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15  Thank photog4fun
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Reviewed November 16, 2017
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Room Tip: le camps n'est vraiment pas cher. par contre les lodges sont plus chères.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Brooks Camp

Address: Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK 99613-0007
Location: United States > Alaska > Katmai National Park and Preserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Katmai National Park and Preserve
Price Range: $16 - $30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Brooks Camp Hotel Katmai National Park And Preserve
Brooks Camp Alaska/Katmai National Park And Preserve

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