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The Bears of Brooks Falls

Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park is world renowned for its large population of grizzly bears, mainly due to the prolific amounts of salmon to be found in the Brooks River.

This excursion can be arranged as part of your tailor-made trip to Alaska. It begins in Anchorage with a flight, via King Salmon or Kulik Lodge, to Brooks. The first flight will be on a fixed-wing, wheeled airplane, and the second flight is on a smaller float plane.

On arrival you will be met by park service staff for a brief orientation and after that you are free for independent bear viewing at Brooks Falls, where you share special platforms offering unobstructed, close-up bear viewing with fellow visitors.

Along with the bear viewing, there are a number of National Park Ranger programs available each day, and it is possible to organize kayaking, hiking or fishing excursions.

Bears are typically seen in the area all summer long (sightings are always possible but never guaranteed), however best viewing is generally determined by the runs of salmon that choke the river each year. Later that afternoon, you will be collected to begin your journey back to Anchorage. The approximate length of this trip is 10 to 12 hours.

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