Instructions for making Brooks Camp Campground Reservation (Jan. 9, 2014)
The reservation period for the Brooks Camp Campground did open as advertised at 8 AM Alaska Time on January 5. However, some people did find the reservation process confusing. More »
Location: Riffles Wildlife Viewing Platform at Brooks Camp.
When to Watch: July is the best time to watch bears fishing for salmon in the riffles area of the Brooks River. However, bears are in the area from mid spring until mid fall. Katmai’s brown bears are most active during daylight hours.
What to Look For: From late June until mid July, bears may actively chase schools of migrating salmon through the river at this spot. They may also practice more patient fishing techniques like sitting in the river and waiting for the fish to swim to them. In July, some female bears with cubs prefer to fish here instead of Brooks Falls.
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, and maps.
Questions? Browse the Bearcam Frequently Asked Questions.
Did You Know?
The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill heavily impacted Pacific coast of Katmai National Park. Although the spill occurred over 250 miles away, more than 1055 tons of oiled debris was removed from the park’s shores. In some areas, oil can still be seen today.