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Brooks Lodge

Brooks Lodge

Each year millions of salmon burst from the Bering Sea into the lakes and streams of Katmai National Park. These fish provide a food source for the world's largest population of brown bears.

Superb sport fishing is available adjacent to the lodge on the Brooks River and on the Brooks and Naknek Lakes. The Brooks River is fly-fishing only. The Brooks Lodge fishing packages are for independent minded fly-fishermen who want to experience the great sport fishing of the Katmai area without the expense of a fully guided sport fishing lodge. Including fly outs in your stay will provide the means to fish other hot spots and allow you to take advantage of the variety of species of fish available in southwest Alaska.

Brooks Lodge overlooks the World Famous Brooks River and operates the only lodging concessions inside Katmai National Park authorized by the National Park Service, right next to the World Famous Brooks Falls. The lodge, originally conceived as a fishing camp, has been in operation since 1950. Activities include the opportunity to observe and photograph Alaskan brown bears fishing and the silver horde of sockeye salmon as they leap the Brooks Falls on their upriver journey to spawning grounds, world class fishing, bus tours to the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes", hiking and interpretive programs provided by National Park Service Rangers.
Brooks Lodge overlooks the world famous Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park.

The World Famous bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Katmailand's Brooks Lodge. As many as fifty bears live along the mile and a half long Brooks River during the salmon season. Many visitors see bears within minutes of arrival. All visitors are instructed by the National Park Service on how to conduct themselves in "Bear Country".

Besides the famous Brooks River and Brooks Falls, bear viewing opportunities abound in the park, and no one has more experience or better locations for viewing these magnificent animals than Katmailand does.

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Itinerary

2013 BROOKS LODGE "LAND OF KATMAI" TOUR

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. Daily departures are available.

DAY 1: Fly from Anchorage to King Salmon 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.

DAY 2: 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.

DAY 3: Spend your last few hours in Katmai pursuing your own interests. Take a last walk to Brooks Falls, snap a few last photos 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.

2013 DAY TRIP FROM ANCHORAGE - TOUR 100

Your travels to Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park begin when you board a pressurized propjet aircraft bound for King Salmon. Upon arrival into King Salmon you will connect with your 20 minute scenic floatplane service to Brooks Lodge. Upon arrival at Brooks Lodge you will have the opportunity to visit the World Famous Brooks Falls where brown bears feed and the friendly National Park Service rangers will point you in the right direction and answer all of your questions about this incredible park.

The Katmai National Park one-day tour includes round trip air transportation to Brooks Camp via King Salmon and one-half day at Katmai National Park (Brooks Camp/Brooks Falls) unguided. The "Valley of 10,000 Smokes" Natural History Tour is not available on the one-day tour.

Accommodations

Guest accommodations consist of sixteen modern rooms all with modern private facilities. Rooms accommodate two to four persons. The beautiful main lodge building boasts a spectacular view of aquamarine Naknek Lake. Its large circular fireplace is popular for evening relaxing and reminiscing about the day's adventures. Hearty Alaskan fare is served three times a day buffet style in the dining area of the lodge. Cocktails are available for purchase at the lodge bar each afternoon and evening.

Comfortable accommodations in the heart of the magnificent Katmai wilderness make this a truly perfect vacation spot.

Sixteen guests units can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests. Facilities are available for small seminars. The facilities have seen continuous upgrading and have gained a world-wide reputation, attracting visitors from all continents.

Other Activities

Fly Fishing

Superb sport fishing is available adjacent to the lodge on the Brooks River and on the Brooks and Naknek Lakes. The Brooks River is fly-fishing only. The Brooks Lodge fishing packages are for independent minded fly-fishermen who want to experience the great sport fishing of the Katmai area without the expense of a fully guided sport fishing lodge. Including fly outs in your stay will provide the means to fish other hot spots and allow you to take advantage of the variety of species of fish available in southwest Alaska.

The Valley is the sight of one of the most violent eruptions in modern history. Novarupta Volcano exploded in 1912 Daily tours of "The Valley of 10,000 Smokes" depart from Brooks Lodge daily.

Non-Fishing Activities

At Brooks Lodge you are just 22 miles from the volcanic "Valley of 10,000 Smokes". The June 1912 eruption of Novarupta Volcano with blasts of hot winds and gas which spewed hot glowing pumice and ash, destroying all living things and burying more than 40 square miles of lush green valley under ash deposits to depths of 700 feet altered the Katmai area dramatically. Severe earthquakes rocked the area for a week before Novarupta exploded with cataclysmic force. Enormous quantities of hot, glowing pumice and ash were ejected from Novarupta and nearby fissures. This material flowed over the terrain, destroying all life in its path. Trees upslope were snapped off and carbonized by the blasts of hot wind and gas. For several days, ash, pumice, and gas were ejected and a haze darkened the sky over most of the Northern Hemisphere.

At nearby Kodiak, for two days a person could not see a lantern held at arm's length. Acid rain caused clothes to disintegrate on clotheslines in distant Vancouver, Canada. The eruption was 10 times more forceful than the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens. Eventually Novarupta became dormant. In the valleys of Knife Creek and the Ukak River, innumerable small holes and cracks developed in the volcanic ash deposits, permitting gas and steam from the heated ground water to escape.

It was an apparently unnamed valley when the 20th century's most dramatic volcanic episode took place. Robert Griggs, exploring the volcano's aftermath for the National Geographic Society in 1916, stared awe struck off Katmai Pass across the valley's roaring landscape riddled by thousands of steam vents. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Griggs named it.

The tour meets at the lower viewing platform at 8:30am. The bus driver is also the tour guide, so feel free to ask questions. The 23 mile drive to Overlook Cabin is broken up with stops for scenic views and wildlife viewing. At Overlook Cabin you'll have time for lunch and to look over displays and historic photos of the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes." Those interested may hike down with the tour guide to examine the ash and pumice "Valley" floor. The hike is a bit strenuous and it is recommended that you dress in layers so you can layer on or off as exercise and the weather dictate.

Rates

2013 BROOKS LODGE SPORT FISHING PACKAGES

Included is round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge, all fees, lodging, meals and a 1/2 day guided Brooks River fishing orientation.

Prices for June 7-20 and August 10-25 dates

3-Night Packages

• Double Occupancy         $1730.00
• Multiple 3 (3 per room)  $1530.00
• Multiple 4 (4 per room)  $1429.00

4-Night Packages

• Double Occupancy         $2149.00
• Multiple 3 (3 per room)  $1850.00
• Multiple 4 (4 per room)  $1698.00

Additional Nights

• Double Occupancy           $403.00
• Multiple 3 (3 per room)    $303.00
• Multiple 4 (4 per room)    $253.00

All Prices are per person.

Prices for all other dates

3-Night Packages

• Double Occupancy            $2075.00
• Multiple 3 (3 per room)     $1776.00
• Multiple 4 (4 per room)     $1624.00

4-Night Packages

• Double Occupancy            $2405.00
• Multiple 3 (3 per room)     $2023.00
• Multiple 4 (4 per room)     $1828.00

Additional Night

• Double Occupancy              $403.00
• Multiple 3 (3 per room)       $303.00
• Multiple 4 (4 per room)       $253.00

All Prices are per person.

(If any one night is in the month of July, there is a three night maximum stay allowed)

2013 SPORT FISHING OPTIONS FROM BROOKS LODGE

Fly out sport fishing

• Booked prior to final payment           $425.00
• Purchased after final payment           $460.00

Prices are per person, per day - 2 person minimum

Boat and sport fishing guide service

• Full Day -  $275 per person - min. 2 persons, max. 4 persons
• Half Day - $185 per person - min. 2  persons, max. 4 persons

Brooks River Guide Service

• Hourly       $ 55.00 (2 or more persons) /  $80.00 (Single)
• Half Day   $145.00 (2 or more persons) /  $185.00 (Single)
• Full Day   $210.00 (2 or more persons) /  $275.00 (Single)

Prices are per person unless noted as a Single.


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