North America Alaska Land Tour

Brown Bears of Katmai

Alaska bear viewing in Katmai National Park is one of the state’s greatest wildlife spectacles. From your home base at Brooks Lodge, see the Alaska brown bears of Brooks River, one of the most famous congregations of brown bears in the world due to its prolific salmon runs. Arrival is by seaplane, making this 5-day trip extraordinary and scenic. This independent travel package includes hotel accommodations in downtown Anchorage, two nights in a rustic cabin at Brooks Lodge, plus round-trip airfare on a seaplane from Anchorage to Katmai.

Roughly 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, in Alaska’s Bristol Bay area, lies Katmai National Park. Each year millions of salmon burst from the Bering Sea into the lakes and streams of the area. These fish provide a food source for the world’s largest population of brown bears. This is Alaska’s famous bear viewing country. At Brooks Lodge, as many as 50 bears can be seen fishing along the 1.5-mile-long Brooks River during the peak of the salmon season. Many visitors see bears within minutes of arrival.

Aside from bear viewing from the lodge’s well-known platform, enjoy other included activities like fishing, nature walks and a guided bus tour to Katmai National Park’s Valley of the 10,000 Smokes. Learn from National Park experts during educational slideshows, films and experts. Other optional activities can be added on, such as flightseeing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. 

The best Katmai bear viewing is available from mid-June through early September. Ask our experts more about tours in Katmai National Park and Alaska bear viewing on our small ship cruises that can complement this tour.

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