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Address: Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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+1 907-243-1595

Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their...

Area on the Brooks River where a large number of brown bears spend their summer due to salmon migration.

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Amazing place

It is a dream place for everyone. We stayed there for three days and every day was quite different. Sometimes a lot of bears, sometimes a lot of fishes, sometimes they fight... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2017
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

It is a dream place for everyone. We stayed there for three days and every day was quite different. Sometimes a lot of bears, sometimes a lot of fishes, sometimes they fight against, sometimes mom come to protect baby. Every bear also looks different. Strong guy looks pretty lazy. Young guy likes playing with others… You’d better stay there for... More 

3 Thank ZIMING Z
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Even in September, well past the main salmon run, bears were abundant. Silver salmon were still running. There were always at least 3 bears at the Falls, and we saw as many as 10 at once. There are even more mothers and cubs below the Falls in the River, there were always a few present and we saw as many... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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105 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

There were no bears at the falls when we arrived. We waited and waited, and then gave up and went to lunch. We could only watch salmon jumping for so long. It was pouring rain, but having come all this way, we went back after lunch to wait some more. (Lunch was pricey, but delicious, at the lodge. $18 for... More 

5 Thank Ann F
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64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

stunning grizzlies catching king salmons! definitely worth the money, as it is a once in a lifetime thing!

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Sydney, Australia
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197 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Booking is easy only no credit cards accepted.I flew from Vancouver to King Salmon at 5am where you are weighed and then wait around for the fog to clear or we had to.A short flight over gorgeous country in a float plane to Katmai Bay.We were briefed about the rules of the park and the history and then you are... More 

3 Thank Iona B
Manchester, New Hampshire
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88 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The rangers were all extremely helpful. They had great communication with each other, telling where there was a "bear jam" which meant bears were too close to the trail and helping us to places where we could observe the bears. It was the very end of the season but we still saw a couple of bears fishing at the falls... More 

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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I have been following explore.org for a few years and have wanted to go see the bears. I did a day trip up and what an experience! The weather cooperated and do did the bears. Otis, 503 and Walker entertained us at the falls catching salmon. Divot and her three Cubs caused a bear jam for almost two hours at... More 

1 Thank Kbwhat
La Jolla, California
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

- 8 brown bears playing in the water and catching salmon - all in one frame - Salmon jumping up a waterfall. Brown bears catching them mid-air - Walking along a hike to go to the Falls, only to see right in the eyes of huge brown bear walking on the trail right towards you - Alpha male getting territorial... More 

5 Thank HereGoesGG
North Carolina
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76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

After watching the live web cams on Explore.org for the past four years, I fell in love with Brooks Falls and the bears that live there. Going to Brooks Camp and staying at Brooks Lodge was worth every penny that it cost to get there. The cost for my airline ticket from NC to Anchorage was $900, then from Anchorage... More 

13 Thank jcamilleh
San Francisco, California
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365 reviews
234 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

If you go any month to Katmai National Park and would like to see the Grizzlies in action for catching the salmon during the annual run upstream, plan ahead 18 months! It is a sight that one must see for themselves to believe it! It was well worth each dollar spent to see these bears in their natural environment! Unbelievable... More 

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