Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park and Preserve

#24 of 113 in Nature in Alaska
Must see · Waterfall · Nature / Park
Brooks Falls is a waterfall located within Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Located on the Brooks River a mile and a half (2.4 km) from Brooks Lake and an equal distance from Naknek Lake, the falls are famous for watching salmon leap over the 6 foot (1.8 m) falls to get to their Brooks Lake spawning grounds. Consequently, large populations of brown bears, also called grizzly bears, are attracted to feed on the spawning salmon. Brown bears usually congregate at the falls in July and early September, and many well-known photos of bears have been taken there. July witnesses the greatest concentrations of bears of any month at the falls; up to 25 bears have been seen at one time at Brooks Falls in that month. In September, a smaller number of bears (maximum about 18 at one time) can be seen at the falls to feast on the later salmon runs.

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  • Inspired by the work of wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen, we traveled to Alaska to see the Katmai grizzlies up close and personal. Brooks Falls is not an easy place to get to, and it's a pricey....  more »
  • This was the ultimate experience of our two week Alaska vacation. The timing was great for us. Foot traffic was way down because Brooks Lodge was only open for day trips when we were there on July.....  more »
  • Spectacular wildlife setting with bears and cubs along the shore, in the fields and feasting on salmon at the falls. One of the greatest places on earth!
  • This is a once in a lifetime experience. The bears literally catch salmon in their mouths and you can take a picture of them while they are doing it. WOW!!! It was like being in the scene of a Discovery Show. Add this to your bucket list item if you don't already have it on there 😊

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