Have you ever wondered how a grizzly bear catches dinner? A jet charter airport in Lake Brooks and a trip to Brooks Falls will let you see a grizzly, and a couple dozen of his friends, pluck fresh salmon from the river for dinner.
Located in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Brooks Camp is the gathering place for visitors who hope to see the brown bears in action. The bears are the area’s biggest draw, particularly from July to September as they feast on salmon, but they are also found on the walking trails or snoozing on the beach.
The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is also situated in Katmai National Park. Created by the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, the Valley was formed after a volcano named Novarupta erupted for over 60 hours. The area is now composed of the Buttress Range, Katmai Pass, Knife Creek Glaciers, and other lakes and mountains.
Though only designated a national site in the early 1900s, people have lived in the Katmai Park area for over 9,000 years. The park manages a number of cultural resources such as archeological sites, ethnographic resources, and historic structures.
The wildlife residents in Brooks Camp are just as varied as the landscape of the area. With over 700 species of plants, and animals ranging in size from the 25-ton humpback whale to the small tufted puffin, there is something new to see each day.