• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls

    Katmai

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Brown Bears at Brooks Falls

 
Location: Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform at Brooks Camp.
When to Watch: July is the best time to watch bears fishing at Brooks Falls. However, bears are in the area from mid spring until mid fall and a few bears may fish at Brooks Falls in September and October. Katmai’s brown bears are most active during daylight hours.
What to Look For: From late June until late July, watch for sockeye (red) salmon jumping the falls and dominant male bears competing for fishing spots. Later in the summer and fall, a few bears may also fish at Brooks Falls. As many as 25 bears have been seen fishing at Brooks Falls at the same time.

If you desire a more interactive experience, please head on over to our webcam partner's website, explore.org. They have all of the cams, plus chat and social media connections, and be sure to download the eBooks on Katmai’s bears. These books are free and have lots of photos of the bears, their life histories, videos, maps.

Questions? Browse the Bearcam Frequently Asked Questions.

Did You Know?

Brooks Falls with several bears feeding in July

In some years, almost 100 individual bears use the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) long Brooks River. This river is one of the first places in the Katmai region where salmon are available to bears.