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Brooks Lodge overlooks the world-famous Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park, which boasts the largest population of protected brown bears in the world. Originally conceived as a fishing camp, Brooks Lodge has been in operation since 1950 and has gained a worldwide reputation for being one of the best access points for watching brown bears fish for sockeye salmon in Katmai National Park.
Brooks Lodge Review
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Choose the Brooks Lodge for its unique and unmatched access for watching brown bears fish for sockeye salmon in Katmai National Park.
Amenities at Brooks Lodge
The beautiful main lodge boasts a spectacular view of aquamarine Naknek Lake. Its large circular fireplace is popular for evening relaxing and reminiscing about the day’s adventures. Brooks Lodge has seen continuous upgrading and is only a short walk from Brooks Falls and world-class bear viewing.
Dining at Brooks Lodge
Hearty Alaskan fare is served three times a day buffet style in the dining area of the main lodge. Cocktails are available for purchase at the lodge bar each afternoon and evening.
Activities at Brooks Lodge
The world-famous bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Brooks Lodge. As many as 50 bears live along the mile-and-a-half-long Brooks River during the salmon season. Many visitors see bears within minutes of arrival and many more from the nearby bear-viewing platform (get a glimpse now by watching the Brooks Falls webcam). All visitors are instructed by the National Park Service on how to conduct themselves in bear country.
Superb sportfishing is available adjacent to the lodge on the Brooks River and on the Brooks and Naknek Lakes. The Brooks River is fly fishing only. The Brooks Lodge fishing packages are for independent-minded fly fishermen who want to experience the great sportfishing of the Katmai area without the expense of a fully guided sportfishing lodge. Additional, optional fly outs may be added to take advantage of other fishing hot spots in southwest Alaska.
Valley of 10,000 Smokes
Brooks Lodge is just 22 miles from the volcanic Valley of 10,000 Smokes, which is the sight of one of the most violent volcanic eruptions in modern history. Novarupta Volcano exploded in 1912 with blasts of hot winds and gas which spewed hot glowing pumice and ash, destroying all living things and burying more than 40 square miles of lush green valley under ash deposits to depths of 700 feet. Fascinating tours of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes depart from Brooks Lodge daily.
Accommodations at Brooks Lodge
Guest accommodations consist of 16 modern rooms all with modern private facilities that accommodate two to four people.