• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls


    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Brooks Camp

Brooks Camp is a popular place for people and bears.

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
While Brooks Camp offers many public services and accessible options unavailable elsewhere in the park, visitors must arrive prepared to experience backcountry Alaska. Whether staying for just a few hours or for several days, you should expect to encounter windy, rainy, and cold conditions. Be sure to dress and pack in anticipation of diverse and changing weather conditions.

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.


Bear Jam!
Bear activity may delay crossing the bridge over the Brooks River (see map below). Be prepared to wait in windy and rainy conditions and allow yourself ample time to meet meal services and your departing flight.

Brooks Camp Map
Brooks Camp Distances

Did You Know?

Visitors on their first floatplane ride.

Most people come to Katmai via floatplane. For many visitors, this is the first time in a small aircraft.