News Release

Opening Ceremony for New Elevated Bridge and Boardwalk at Brooks Camp

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Date: June 10, 2019
Contact: Karen Garthwait, 907-246-2137

After years of planning and many months of construction, a new elevated bridge and boardwalk now spans the Brooks River, greatly enhancing the safety and movement of both people and wildlife in the Brooks Camp area. 

This new installation will help to minimize potential human-wildlife interactions between park visitors and Katmai’s world famous brown bears by elevating pedestrian traffic away from the bear’s feeding and resting areas. A floating bridge had previously been used since 1982 and was frequently subject to closures due to bear jams. Such incidents are expected to be greatly reduced by the new elevated bridge and boardwalk, resulting in the safer and timelier movement of park visitors across Brooks River. The new bridge also offers additional overlook locations from which park visitors can observe the river and its abundant wildlife.

Planning for the bridge and boardwalk began over a decade ago. Its construction constitutes the culmination of hard work by literally thousands of individuals. The National Park Service is grateful for the support this project has received over the years.

An opening ceremony will be held on-site at Brooks Camp on Saturday June 29, 2019 beginning at 11:00 a.m. This event is open to the public. The bridge will close for about an hour during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, reopening as soon as remarks are concluded.

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