Katmai National Park is located on the northeast coast of the Alaska Peninsula. Among all his diversity, the park boasts the largest population (more than 2.000) of protected brown bears in the world. During the peak of the world's largest sockeye salmon run each July, and during return of the "spawned out" salmon in September - forty to sixty bears congregate in Brooks Camp along the Brooks River, Naknek Lake and the Brooks Lake shorelines. Many visitors are concentrating their activities along Brooks River, where brown bear congregate to feed on sockeye salmon as they pass upstream. Two bear viewing platforms are located right above the falls.
Because it is one of the first streams in the region where bright, energetic, and pre-spawned salmon are available to bears, the Brooks River hosts one of the greatest seasonal concentrations of brown bears anywhere on earth. The time of year along with salmon densities and spawning activity dictate when, where, and how bears feed along the river. Located in southwestern Alaska, Brooks Falls is one of the best places in the world to observe brown bears. The bears and humans have been peacefully coexisting at Brooks Camp for over 30 years. There are three viewing stands set up for viewing the bears while they fish for salmon at the Brooks waterfall. However, you commonly run into bears on the trails to the observing stands and campground. The bears have learned that they can trust humans in Katmai so they pretty much pay no attention to humans and simply go about their business of non-stop eating. Katmai has the largest concentration of protected brown bears in the world and there are roughly 2,000 brown bears in the 3.6 million acre park. Brooks Lodge: Overlooking the world famous Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park. Brooks Lodge, originally conceived as a fishing camp, has been in operation since 1950. Guest accommodations consist of sixteen modern cabins with showers, private toilet facilities, heat and electricity. Cabins accommodate two to four persons. The rusticl main lodge building boasts a spectacular view of aquamarine Naknek Lake. Its large circular fireplace is a popular spot for relaxing evenings or to reminiscing about the day's adventures. Restaurant with hearty Alaskan fare (buffet style), bar, convenience store, guide services, boat rental. Besides brown bear, Katmai provides a protected home to moose, caribou, red fox, wolf, lynx, wolverine, river otter, mink, marten, weasel, porcupine, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, and beaver.
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