Brooks Lodge Discount Packages

Shoulder Season Specials for Bear Viewing and Sportfishing

Price per person: starts at $1,263

These specials are offered during the shoulder periods for bear viewing on the Brooks River and during some of the better fishing timeframes. Packages include round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge.

Dates: June 1-20 and Aug 10-25, 2019
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Tour Description

June is a great time in Katmai with its 19 hours of daylight allowing visitors to make the most of each day. Spring fishing on the world-renowned Brooks River and area lakes are "hot" for rainbow trout, grayling, lake trout and char. Opening day for fishing the Brooks River is June 8th. Travel must be completed by June 20th.

August is another great time for sportfishing on the Brooks River. The sockeye salmon are beginning to spawn and the rainbow trout, grayling and char are starting their "feeding frenzy" on salmon eggs abundant throughout the river. Travel must be completed by August 25th.

These specials include round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge, all fees, taxes and lodging. Meals are not included. This tour departs daily.

3-night Air/Lodging Special

Single Occupancy $2130.00
Double Occupancy $1612.00
Multiple 3 (3 per room) $1380.00
Multiple 4 (4 per room) $1263.00
Prices are per person.  

4-night Air/Lodging Special

Single Occupancy $2755.00
Double Occupancy $2009.00
Multiple 3 (3 per room) $1664.00
Multiple 4 (4 per room) $1488.00
Prices are per person.

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Add Ons

You can add the following items to this tour:

Brooks Lodge Trips Sample Itinerary

2019 Brooks Lodge Buffet Dining

Breakfast: Adult $17.00 / Child $12.00
Lunch: Adult $24.00 / Child $15.00
Dinner: Adult $40.00 / Child $23.00
*Child prices based on ages 2-11 years of age

2019 Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Canoes: $12.00 per hour OR $40.00 per day
Kayaks: $16.00 per hour OR $60.00 per day

General Brooks Lodge Travel Information

Weather and Clothing: Be prepared for stormy weather and sometimes sunshine. Summer daytime temperatures can range from about mid-50's to mid-60's degree F; the average low is 44. Strong winds and sudden gusts frequently sweep the area. Skies are clear about 20 percent in summer and light rain can last for days.

The atmosphere at the lodge is casual, so bring comfortable medium weight sport clothes. By dressing in layers, you can add or subtract clothing and be comfortable regardless of the whim of the weather. Internet service is not available at the lodge.

Laundry Facilities: Laundry Facilities are not available at Brooks Lodge.

Insects: You will need insect repellent. Head nets are highly recommended.

"Bear Jam!": Bear activity at the Lower River may delay crossing Brooks River Bridge. Please be prepared to wait in windy and/or rainy conditions and allow yourself ample time to meet meal services and/or your departing flight.

The following items are a must: Warm jacket or sweater, personal items, walking shoes or boots, sunglasses, raincoat, camera & memory cards, long sleeve shirts, mosquito repellent should be kept with scarf, hat or cap during your travel. Examples of optional items you might consider are binoculars and a day pack.

The Brooks Lodge "Trading Post"

Find a variety of items for sale that may make your stay in Katmai more pleasant and enjoyable.

Personal Items: Toothpaste, insect repellent, soap, film (no memory cards available), batteries and tobacco.

Food and Beverages: Candy, ice, soft drinks, and other snack items including trail mix, beef jerky, etc.

Souvenirs: Hats, sweat shirts, t-shirts, post cards, coffee mugs, posters, film and more.

Fishing Tackle: Line, leader, lures, flies and Alaska fishing license.

Rental Items: Rods & reels, chest waders, canoes, kayaks, single burner stoves, bear resistant containers and showers and towels (for campers).

* Camp stove fuel is available white gas, propane & JetBoil (propane/butane mix).
* Ice is available for purchase at Brooks Lodge. .
** Store purchases may be made with Cash, Travelers Checks, MasterCard or Visa.

Can I drive to Brooks Lodge?

Driving to Brooks Lodge is not possible. Like most of Alaska, there are no roads to our area and we are accessible by air only.

How long does it take to get there?

The flight from Anchorage to either King Salmon or Kulik Lodge is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. To Brooks Lodge, it is another 25 minutes via float plane.

What are the rooms like at Brooks Lodge?

The 16 rooms at Brooks Lodge are all alike on the inside. They each have four twin sized bunk beds - two upper and two lower beds. Each room is heated and has a private shower and restroom. Some are individual cabins and some are attached. Individual cabins are assigned solely to whomever booked their reservation earliest (lowest reservation number). Laundry facilities are not available.

Are there a lot of bugs?

There can be depending on how dry or wet it has been. Some people choose to bring head nets. Most just bring a good insect repellant. You want something with a high DEET concentration for it to be effective.

Can I pay for meals in advance?

Yes. When you make your reservation, you may specify that you would like to prepay all or part of your meals with your package. Any amount may be paid in advance and you will be given a credit voucher in the amount you prepaid which can be used not only for meals, but also for any souvenirs or tours you purchase while at the lodge.

Are cocktails available at Brooks Lodge?

Beverages at Brooks Lodge can be purchased in the main lodge during lunch and dinner times. The bar opens at 4:00pm. Our beverages typically include Alaskan Amber beer on tap, a selection of wines and premium quality liquors.

Can I bring food into my room at Brooks?

No food or drinks of any kind except water are allowed in the rooms at Brooks Lodge because of the chance of being visited by a bear.

How many nights can I stay?

If any one night is in July, there is a three night maximum stay. There is no limit to stays in June, August or September.

When are the salmon running?

Salmon runs vary from year to year and it is not possible to predict them with absolute accuracy. Most years a large run of sockeye (red) salmon will begin to enter the Brooks River during the middle of June. This run continues through July and the salmon usually begin to spawn in the Brooks River in early August. The spawn continues throughout August and peaks during early September.

Can I hike on my own in the Brooks area?

Yes, there are hiking trails in the park. Maps are available at the NPS Visitor Center next to the lodge.

How far away are the platforms for wildlife viewing?

There are three viewing platforms on the Brooks River, all within walking distance from the lodge. They range from 300 yards to one mile from the main lodge.

What is the weather like in Katmai?

The weather in Katmai is very unpredictable. Temperatures can range between 45 and 70 degrees and even lower in September. Wind and rain are common so bring layers that can be added to or taken away as the weather dictates.

Are you strictly a fly fishing only lodge?

On Brooks River below the bridge, you can use a spinning rod with a fly on the end. Above the bridge is fly fishing only. All of our guides are fly fishing instructors so if you would like to learn to fly fish, we can teach you during your stay.

How many guests are there to each guide?

The number of guests to each guide is 2 to 4 depending on the situation.

Can we take home the fish we catch?

Due to the short growing season and cold water temperatures in Alaska, native fish grow and mature slowly. Guests are asked to release all their catch of fresh water fish. The Brooks River regulation allows 1 salmon per person per day to be kept, and it must be caught below the bridge.

How are fish packaged to take home?

The salmon you keep must be placed in a plastic bag and taken directly to the fish freezing building and frozen whole. The National Park Service does not allow any fish cleaning at Brooks. Fish boxes are available to purchase in the Trading Post. If you have a long distance to travel home, insulated fish boxes and freezer packs are available to purchase at a number of locations in Anchorage.

What is a fly out and where do you fly out to?

A fly out means that you take an airplane to a different river to fish for the day. We fly to many different areas depending on what type of fish you want to catch and where the best spot for that species is at the time you are there.

When is the best time to come?

Anytime is a good time at Brooks Lodge. Each time of the year provides a unique experience.

What type of fishing gear is used at the lodges?

Cabelas, Redington and Simms waders and Redington and Sage rods equipped with Ross and Redington reels are included with any guided excursions that you choose to book and are available to rent during the rest of your stay.

Can I use felt soled wading boots or wading boots with cleats?

No. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has deemed invasive species a significant potential threat to Alaska's aquatic ecosystems. Effective January 1, 2012, felt-soled waders and wading boots will no longer be legal footwear when fishing in Alaska's fresh waters. Wading boots with cleats are also not allowed at the lodges. Our lodges do have rubber soled wading boots for our lodge guests.

How long can I stay on the bear viewing platforms?

The Falls and Riffles Platforms are open from 7am to 10pm. The Lower Platform is always open. If the Falls Platform is full (typical during July), National Park Rangers maintain a waiting list and trade guests off every hour so that everyone gets a chance. You can put your name back on the list for another turn as many times as you like.

For further details on Katmai National Park, please visit the NPS website at