Katmai National Park is home to North America’s largest protected population of brown bears. Katmai remains to be the best bear viewing tour in Alaska. This Alaskan tour is a once in a lifetime experience where you will get to see brown bears feeding on Alaskan wild salmon like no where else.
This Katmai bear viewing adventure begins in as you depart our Anchorage office in our twin engine Piper Navajo to the town of King Salmon where you will get on a floatplane and head to Brooks Falls. The quick 20-minute floatplane flight is anything short of amazing, the views you will get while flying through this great land will breathe taking. You will arrive at Brooks Lodge where you will be given a brief bear orientation by a park ranger and learn how to conduct yourself while discovering bear country. Now the real sightseeing begins!
You will then have the opportunity to visit the World Famous Brooks Falls where brown bears feed and the friendly National Park Service rangers will gladly answer all of your questions about this incredible park. You will have the chance to see bears from several viewing platforms, walking on the same trails as you, or even from the front porch of the Brooks Lodge while getting a snack.
Katmai National Park is home to North America’s largest protected population of brown bears. Katmai remains to be the best bear viewing tour in Alaska. There are expected to be around 2,200 bears in the Park, with the total number of bears exceeding the population of people on the Alaska Peninsula. Brown bears usually congregate at the falls in July and early September.
Formally known as Katmai National Monument, Katmai National Park and Preserve was proclaimed a National Monument in 1918 after the eruption of Novarupta (later to be known as the Valley of Ten Thousands Smokes). In 1950 the National Park Service stationed a full-time ranger in the park and began construction on a ranger station Brooks Camp the same year. That original building is now the Visitors Center.
Tourism increased dramatically after aviation pioneer Raymond Petersen established several camps in the 1950’s in the Katmai area. In the beginning, most visitors were sport fishermen. As word spread of Katmai’s brown bears during the 1980’s, the Brooks River became a popular wildlife viewing spot.