Situated at the mouth of the Brooks River and the shore of Naknek Lake, Brooks Camp attracts people from all over the world to view brown bears, enjoy world-class fishing, and learn about the long human history of the area. It is also a starting point for many backcountry adventures. Daily bus tours from Brooks Camp provide easy access to the geologic splendor of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, site of the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Hiking opportunities also exist.
From June 1 to September 17, the National Park Service operates a visitor center, ranger station, campground, and auditorium with daily ranger-led programs and the park concessioner, Katmailand, Inc., provides additional services and amenities including meals and lodging at Brooks Lodge.
Visiting Brooks Camp
Most people arrive at Brooks Camp via small, float-equipped aircraft. Click here for directions and other transportation information.
All visitors to Brooks Camp are required to begin their stay by attending a brief "Bear Etiquette" training course and safety talk outlining park regulations. You can download a summary of the talk here (a Japanese translation is also available) and please visit Katmai's bear safety page for more information.
Most facilities around Brooks Camp are wheelchair accessible, but assistance may be neccessary. Trails are unpaved and frequently muddy. Visitors should be prepared to leave the trail in order to avoid a bear.
Download The Novarupta, the official Katmai newspaper and a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to planning your visit.
Did You Know?
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.