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.
From June 1 to September 17, the National Park Service operates a visitor center, ranger station, campground, and auditorium with daily ranger-led programs. Additional services and amenities including meals and lodging are available at Brooks Lodge through September 17. Only very limited visitor services may continue through September 30.
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.
Download The Novarupta, the official Katmai newspaper and a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to planning your visit. Trip planning advice can also be found in the Brooks Camp Trip Planning Hangout hosted on December 18, 2014. Many blog posts about Brooks Camp also provide helpful trip planning information.
Bear activity may delay crossing the bridge near the outlet of Brooks River (see map below). Be prepared for delays and budget extra time to cross the bridge.
Last updated: January 7, 2020