BVHO01 Katmai – Brooks Falls Bear Viewing Day Tour from Homer


Katmai National Park is known worldwide for its large number of brown bears. Up to 60 bears compete for the best fishing grounds at Brooks Falls and Brooks River during the salmon season. Several observation platforms offer an excellent view of the bears. The excursion starts with a 90-minute flight from Homer to Brooks Falls and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Bears, moose and caribou can often be seen from the plane. Many visitors are concentrating their activities along Brooks River, where brown bear congregate to feed on sockeye salmon as they pass upstream. Bear viewing platforms are located right above the falls, at Brooks River and at Naknek Lake. Park Rangers are there to guide visitors, and answer questions. Please Note: This tour can only be booked in combination with our vacation packages. 

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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 and has gained a worldwide reputation, attracting visitors from all continents. Katmai National Park boasts the largest population of protected brown bears in the world. During the summer sockeye salmon runs, Katmai's Brooks River is the focus of bears feeding in the park, providing visitors with unparalleled views of Alaskan brown bears in their natural habitat.

Your travels to Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park begin when you depart from Homer by floatplane. The flight takes about an hour and a half to get across Cook Inlet. Upon arrival, you will be given a brief bear orientation by a park ranger and learn how to conduct yourself while exploring in bear country. You will have the opportunity to visit the World Famous Brooks Falls where brown bears feed and the friendly National Park Service rangers will answer all of your questions about this incredible park.