• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls


    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Camping at Brooks Camp

Brooks Camp Campground is the only developed campground in Katmai National Park and Preserve. It is located on the shore of Naknek Lake, about .3 miles (.5 km) from the Brooks Camp Visitor Center.

Facilities in the campground include a food cache, gear cache, fuel storage locker, potable water, cooking shelters, fire rings, and vault toilets. The campground is also surrounded by an electric fence. Potable water is only available and the electric fence is only maintained between June 1 through September 17. Campers are limited to 7 nights in July and 14 nights per calendar year.

There are no designated sites in the campground. Instead, it has a 60 person capacity. Demand for the campground is especially high during peak bear viewing times at Brooks Camp—late June through July and September. Make your reservations early.

Making Reservations
The Brooks Camp Campground costs $12 per person per night June 1 through September 17 and $6 per person per night in May and September 18 through October 31. America the Beautiful Access and Senior pass holders can enjoy 50% discounts on camping reservations. Please note that fees for this campground are charged per person, not per group. Access and Senior pass discounts only apply to the cardholder.

Reservations for the current calendar year can be made by visiting www.recreation.gov beginning January 5 at 12:00 PM EST. You may also call 1-877-444-6777 to make reservations. Reservations must be made in advance.

For more information, download a brochure on the Brooks Camp Campground and visit our camping frequently asked questions.


Did You Know?

Red salmon drying on racks at Brooks Camp.

Alutiiq residents in the Katmai area maintain their traditional fall harvest of "red fish" (sockeye salmon in spawning colors). The low fat content fish dries easily for storage.