Land of Katmai Tour
2-Night Brooks Lodge Adventure
- This tour package includes round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge.
- Two nights lodging at Brooks Lodge.
- Valley of 10,000 Smokes Natural History Tour.
- Katmai bear viewing at Brooks Falls.
Brooks Lodge Land of Katmai Tour Itinerary
This tour package includes round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge, two nights lodging, all fees, taxes and the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" Natural History Tour. Meals are not included but are available for purchase at Brooks Camp. Daily departures are available. This tour sells fast so book early!
DAY 1: Fly from Anchorage to King Salmon where you will transfer to a seaplane for the short scenic flight to Brooks Lodge. The afternoon is yours to use as you wish. You may want to wet a line or join the afternoon nature walk led by a National Park Service naturalist. There are slide shows, films, lectures, sunsets and a bar for evening enjoyment.
DAY 2: Meet the tour at the lower viewing platform at 8:30am for the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" Natural History Tour. During the full-day tour you will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife and walk upon the ash and pumice moonscape of the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes". Lunch is included on the tour.
DAY 3: Spend your last few hours in Katmai pursuing your own interests. Take a last walk to Brooks Falls, snap a few last photos or visit the "Trading Post" where souvenirs and post cards may be purchased. All too soon it's time to say your good-byes and head back to Anchorage.
About Katmai National Park
Katmai National Park's awe-inspiring natural powers confront us most visibly in its brown bears. In summer, North America's largest land predators gather along streams to feast on salmon runs, building weight from this wealth of protein and fat, preparing for the long winter ahead. Alaska's brown bears and grizzlies are now considered one species. People commonly consider grizzlies to be those that live 100 miles and more inland. Browns are bigger than grizzlies thanks to their rich diet of fish. Kodiak brown bears are a different subspecies that is geographically isolated on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. Mature male bears in Katmai may weigh up to 900 pounds. Mating occurs from May to mid-July, with the cubs born in dens in mid-winter. Up to four cubs may be born, at a mere pound each. Cubs stay with the mother for two years, during which time she does not reproduce. The interval between litters is usually at least three years. Brown bears dig a new den each year, entering it in November and emerging in April. About half of their lifetimes is spent in their dens. Because each bear is an individual, no one can predict exactly how a given bear will act in a given situation. These awe-inspiring bears symbolize the wildness of Katmai today.
Besides brown bear, Katmai National Park provides a protected home to moose, caribou, red fox, wolf, lynx, wolverine, river otter, mink, marten, weasel, porcupine, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, and beaver. Marine mammals include; sea lions, sea otters, and hair seals. Beluga, killer, and gray whales can also be seen along the coast of the park.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the salmon running?
Salmon runs vary from year to year and it is not possible to predict them with absolute accuracy. Most years a large run of sockeye (red) salmon will begin to enter the Brooks River during the middle of June. This run continues through July and the salmon usually begin to spawn in the Brooks River in early August. The spawn continues throughout August and peaks during early September.
When is the peak time to view bears at Brooks River?
The bear viewing opportunities vary throughout the season and also from year to year, mostly due to differences in salmon runs (see salmon run FAQ). While it is common to see bears almost any time during the summer at Brooks, especially if salmon are present, the possibility also exists that you may not. The National Park Service suggests that the peak times are July or September.
How long does it take to get there?
The flight from Anchorage to either King Salmon or Kulik Lodge is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The floatplane to Brooks Lodge is approximately 25 minutes.
What are the rooms like at Brooks Lodge?
The sixteen rooms at Brooks Lodge are all alike on the inside. They each have four twin sized bunk beds - two upper and two lower beds. Each room is heated and has a private shower and restroom. Some are individual cabins and some are attached. If any of the individual cabins are available the day you arrive, they will be assigned solely to whomever booked their reservation earliest (lowest reservation number). Brooks Lodge does not accept any room requests. Laundry facilities are not available.
Are cocktails available at Brooks Lodge?
Beverages at Brooks Lodge can be purchased in the main lodge during lunch and dinner times. The bar opens at 4:00pm. Our beverages typically include Alaskan Amber beer on tap, a selection of wines and premium quality liquors.
Can I bring food into my room at Brooks?
No food or drinks of any kind except water are allowed in the rooms at Brooks Lodge because of the chance of being visited by a bear.
Can I hike on my own in the Brooks area?
Yes, there are hiking trails in the park. Maps are available at the NPS Visitor Center next to the lodge.
Are there a lot of bugs?
There can be depending on how wet or dry it has been. You want a good insect repellent with a high DEET concentration for it to be effective. Thick socks will help keep the bugs off while walking through the brush and head nets are available at the Trading Post.
How far away are the platforms for wildlife viewing?
There are three viewing platforms on the Brooks River, all within walking distance from the lodge. They range from 300 yards to one mile from the main lodge.
What is the weather like in Katmai?
The weather in Katmai is very unpredictable. Temperatures can range between 45 and 70 degrees and even lower in September. Wind and rain are common so bring layers that can be added to or taken away as the weather dictates.
How long can I stay on the bear viewing platforms?
The Falls and Riffles Platforms are open from 7am to 10pm. The Lower Platform is always open. If the Falls Platform is full (typical during July), National Park Rangers maintain a waiting list and trade guests off every hour so that everyone gets a chance. You can put your name back on the list for another turn as many times as you like.
2017 Tour Dates & Cost
2-NIGHT LAND OF KATMAI TOUR (June 1 - Mid September)
- Double Occupancy $1,599.00
- Multiple 3 (3 per room) $1,399.00
- Multiple 4 (4 per room) $1,299.00
All prices shown are per person. Prices subject to change without notice.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE: Guests should be able to walk short distances on uneven ground with their camera packs. The longest required walk is two miles round-trip over a relatively flat trail to Brooks Falls, for the purpose of observing and photographing the brown bears. Trails surfaces for our various walks vary, from paved to uneven natural terrain. Tour participants must be able to walk at least one mile.
GRATUITIES: Planet Earth Adventure's tour leaders, staff and drivers and service providers are all paid salaries for their work. They will go out of their way to make your trip special and do not perform their jobs just for money. However, they do accept gratuities should you determine that they performed their jobs at an outstanding level. Gratuities should reflect your satisfaction with their level of service.
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CANCELLATION POLICY: We consider the deposit non-refundable at the time of reservation; however, Planet Earth Adventures will try to be flexible in the event of a cancellation. Cancellations with less than 90 days prior to the tour/flight and the deposit and trip cost are completely non-refundable. A major credit card is required to confirm your reservation. Your card will be charged at the time you book your trip. We require at least 90-day notice for any cancellations. Katmai and Lake Clark overnight trips are non-refundable at the time of booking, thus the reason we strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance. PLEASE NOTE: Wildlife sighting is not guaranteed.
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