Land of Katmai Tour - Brooks Lodge

These Two Night Tours Depart Daily

Price per person: starts at $1,349

These packages include round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge, two nights lodging, all fees, taxes and the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" Natural History Tour.

Dates: Jun 1 - Sep 17, 2019
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Tour Description

This tour package includes round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge, two nights lodging, all fees, taxes and the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" Natural History Tour. Meals are not included. This tour departs daily.


Fly from Anchorage to King Salmon, or Kulik Lodge, where you will transfer to a seaplane for the short scenic flight to Brooks Lodge. The afternoon is yours to use as you wish. You may want to wet a line or join the afternoon nature walk led by a National Park Service naturalist. There are slide shows, films, lectures, sunsets and a bar for evening enjoyment.


Meet the tour at the lower viewing platform at 8:30am for the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" Natural History Tour. During the full-day tour you will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife and walk upon the ash and pumice moonscape of the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes." Lunch is included on the tour.


Spend your last few hours in Katmai pursuing your own interests. Take a last walk to Brooks Falls for a few more photos, rent a canoe or kayak, or visit the "Trading Post" where souvenirs and post cards may be purchased. All too soon it's time to say your good-byes and head back to Anchorage.


Single Occupancy   $2,216.00
Double Occupancy   $1,698.00
Multiple 3 (3 per room)   $1,466.00
Multiple 4 (4 per room)   $1,349.00
Prices are per person.  

Brooks Lodge Trips Sample Itinerary


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


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 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% of the summer. 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 services are 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"

The Brooks Lodge Trading Post offers a variety of items for sale that will 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 (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.

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.

When is the peak time to view bears at Brooks River?

The bear viewing opportunities vary throughout the season and also from year to year, mostly due to differences in salmon runs (see salmon run FAQ). While it is common to see bears almost any time during the summer at Brooks, especially if salmon are present, the possibility also exists that you may not. The National Park Service suggests that the peak times are July or September.

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. The floatplane to Brooks Lodge is approximately 25 minutes.

What are the rooms like at Brooks Lodge?

The sixteen 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. If any of the individual cabins are available the day you arrive, they will be assigned solely to whomever booked their reservation earliest (lowest reservation number). Brooks Lodge does not accept any room requests. Laundry facilities are not available.

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.

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.

Are there a lot of bugs?

There can be depending on how wet or dry it has been. You want a good insect repellent with a high DEET concentration for it to be effective. Thick socks will help keep the bugs off while walking through the brush and head nets are available at the Trading Post.

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

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.