Overall, this may be the best overall family destination in all of Alaska. Located at the gateway to Katmai National Park, Brooks Lodge is the ideal location for both the do-it-yourself angler and those looking to do more than simply fish. This historic lodge sits on the shores of Naknek Lake, adjacent to the productive fishing waters of the Brooks River.  Nearby are the world famous Brooks Falls – home to the best brown bear viewing in all of Alaska. Non-anglers can participate in numerous bear viewing activities, area “flight-seeing,” hiking, bird watching, photography, kayaking, and guided Park Service trips to the nearby “Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.” Anglers can be guided on the Brooks River and other area fisheries, or can choose to wade fish on their own.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, and anglers and non-anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Please call Yellow Dog for details and itinerary options.

Accommodations and Lodging

Brooks LodgeOriginally founded in 1950 as a fishing camp, Brooks Lodge has evolved into a premier lodge and family destination with modern accommodations. As the epicenter of Katmai National Park, Brooks Lodge is frequented by visitors from all continents. Guest lodging consists of sixteen (16) guest rooms that can accommodate two to four (2-4) guests each, all with showers, private toilet facilities, heat, and electricity. There is also a nearby campground for those that prefer to camp.

The main lodge sits adjacent to the Brooks River and overlooks the glaciated waters of Naknek Lake, all surrounded by the jagged peaks of Katmai National Park. This is an ideal destination for groups of friends, groups of anglers and non-anglers, and families looking for more than just a hard-core fishing trip. It is also a great add-on to a longer lodge stay, and can effectively be included as a two to three day add-on package.

Food and Beverages

The main lodge's large circular fireplace is popular for evening relaxing and reminiscing about the day's adventures. A large selection of hot food is served three times a day buffet-style in the dining hall and cafeteria of the lodge. Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase at the lodge bar each afternoon and evening. There is also a small lodge store, The Trading Post, that sells snacks and soft drinks, as well as personal items, souveniers, fishing tackle, and rental items..

Fishing Information

Brooks Lodge RainbowThe majority of the fishing at Brooks Lodge will take place on the Brooks River and numerous lakes and streams in the Naknek drainage. The primary species found in the Brooks River are rainbow trout, arctic grayling and sockeye salmon.

Daily fly out options to the nearby Kulik River and numerous other rivers and streams are also available if arranged prior to arrival. Options to fish in nearby hidden streams, accessible by boat for rainbow trout, sockeye salmon, arctic grayling, arctic char, northern pike and lake trout can also make for an incredible day of fishing. Many anglers that visit Brooks fish on their own on the home waters of the lodge. This is a very easy thing to do, as the river itself is only two miles long. Upon arrival at the lodge guests are taken on a 1/2 day (four hour) guided Brooks River orientation.

Boats and Equipment

Yellow Dog recommends that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle. Licenses, flies, and basic terminal tackle are available for purchase at the Trading Post. Rental rods, reels, and waders can also be arranged at the Trading Post for guests that do not want to bother bringing their own.

** Alaska is now enforcing a ban on felt-soled wading boots to help prevent the spread of potential waterborne parasites and diseases. Please keep this in mind while planning for your trip.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Breathtaking SceneryMany non-angling opportunities exist at Brooks Lodge, including flight seeing, bear viewing, hiking, photography, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. At Brooks Lodge you are just 22 miles from the volcanic "Valley of 10,000 Smokes". The Valley is the sight of one of the most violent eruptions in modern history. Novarupta Volcano exploded in 1912 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. Daily tours of "The Valley of 10,000 Smokes" depart from Brooks Lodge daily.

How To Get There

Your trip starts upon arrival in Anchorage, Alaska. Several major airlines serve Alaska from the lower 48 with connections direct to Anchorage. All Brooks Lodge sportfishing package prices include the round trip airfare from Anchorage to the lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

All Brooks Lodge sportfishing packages include the round-trip flights from Anchorage to Brooks Lodge on Katmai Air. From Anchorage you will fly to Kulik Lodge (owned by the same people that operate Brooks Lodge) and transfer from the wheeled plane to a float plane. The flight from Kulik and Brooks Lodge is 15-25 minutes via float plane. Depending on availability, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

2013 Rates / Package Costs

All rates are per person. There is a 3-night maximum stay allowed during the month of July. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged during other months. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay 2 Per Room 3 Per Room 4 Per Room
June 7 - 20, 2012 and August 10 - 25, 2012
3 Night Package $1,730 $1,530 $1,429
4 Night Package $2,149 $1,850 $1,698
Additional Nights $403 $303 $253
All Other 2012 Summer Dates
3 Night Package $2,075 $1,776 $1,624
4 Night Package $2,478 $2,079 $1,876
Additional Nights $403 $303 $253

Fishing Options:
** All prices are per person per day

Boat and Sportfishing Guide Service
(minimum 2 persons, maximum 4 persons)
Full Day ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$275.00
Half Day -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $185.00

Brooks River Guide Service
Hourly ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $80 (single); $55 (2 or more)
Half Day -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $185 (single); $145 (2 or more)
Full Day --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $275 (single); $210 (2 or more)

Fly-Out Sport Fishing - two person minimum
Booked prior to final payment --------------------------------------------------------- $425
Purchased after final payment --------------------------------------------------------- $460

Fishing Equipment Rentals
Fly or Spin Rod and Reel ---------------------------------------------------------------- $10
Fishing Waders ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- $9

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Brooks Lodge sportfishing packages include roundtrip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge
  • All park access fees
  • Lodging in a private cabin
  • All meals at Brooks cafeteria
  • 1/2 day (four hours) of guided walk-wade fishing and river orientation on the Brooks River upon arrival

What's Not Included

  • Alaskan fishing licenses and rental equipment (if needed)
  • Additional guided fishing
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to guides and staff
  • Optional day trip fly out fishing

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

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. The World Famous bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Katmailand's Brooks Lodge. As many as fifty bears can be viewed fishing along the mile and a half long Brooks River during the peak of 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.

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.

"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.

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