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“Amazing Bear Experience!”
Review of Brooks Falls

Brooks Falls
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Alaska Bear Country Day Trip to Katmai or Lake Clark by Airplane
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Owner description: Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their summer due to salmon migration.
Santa Cruz, California
Level 6 Contributor
421 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Amazing Bear Experience!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We boarded a plane in Anchorage for King Salmon. It was a clear day and the glaciers we flew over made the trip worth it before we got to Katmai! A quick lecture and video on safety and we were on our way. You want to head right out to the falls. There is a lower viewing platform and upper falls platform. For the upper, there is a limit of 40 people allowed. To create flow (because you get mesmerized and don't want to leave for food or water) there is an hour time limit. This goes by quickly and is enforced. Sometimes you can wait two hours for your turn, so get on the list as soon as you can. We were there with people who had departure times of 3:00 and after eating a lunch, they never got to the falls. Best to plan ahead and eat on the way out to the island. The platforms are remote and you are not allowed to carry anything, even a stick of gum. It is a good hike out with scat along the way. Sing, talk or be loud is the rule through the woods. We were fortunate enough to see a mother and three cubs. There was also a Golden Eagle perched for fishing right above the bears. There is a webcam that you are able to watch from the comforts of your computer. Would not bring young children here. Well worth the cost and effort!

Visited July 2013
3 Thank JeriLG
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wildlife Fantastic.”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Great view of wild bears. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. If you like nature and wildlife, then go!

Visited July 2013
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Experience of a lifetime! Must do!”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Visiting Katmai Island was the true highlight of our Alaska experience. The number of bears, their proximity to us and the environment made us feel like we were truly in the wilderness where nature has been undisturbed.

Excellent, excellent adventure!

Visited July 2013
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North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best "safe" bear viewing on the planet”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

The platforms are well located, but crowded at peak times. We really enjoyed photographing this place.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank gowest44
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Not your average bear...”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

This experience was one I will never forget. The proximity of these wild bears is simply amazing. We were greeted on the beach by a large bear as soon as our floatplane landed. Keep in mind....this is "their house" so the rangers move you out of the way quickly for safety and for the bears right to access. After a short presentation about how to act around these beautiful creatures, your off on the trail. You should always travel in groups and I would never consider bringing a child with me. I learned that bears will eat other bear cubs if they are hungry enough. The Rangers did a great job of keeping everyone safe but they were not obtrusive. You have a lot of freedom to enjoy wildlife and this beautiful setting. It was also good to have the Rangers moving professional photographers who had lots of bags and tripods. I understand they want to capture the perfect photo but some would take a large area on the platform and stay all day if they could, which isn't right for the other folks who have come to visit. I thought the park was run extremely well with limited restrictions which is interesting when you think about the liability. Packing your own lunch is a must. I can't imagine why you would want to waste time at the lodge. The day goes quickly as it is mesmerizing watching the water in the falls while the bear wait patiently for the perfect salmon. At times, they looked like they were in a trance until they snatched up a fish, skinned it and ate it within 2 minutes. Bears lose 40% of their weight during hibernation. They have a lot of food to consume before October so they are very interested in what is available in the river. It's just fascinating to watch their behavior.

Visited July 2013
5 Thank Dolphindelight
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