Calling all wildlife lovers! Did you know that you can watch one of North America’s largest predators in action online anytime you want? The grizzly bears of Katmai National Park, known for their incredible size and insatiable appetite, can be viewed 24/7 on a live bear cam overlooking Brooks Falls. The falls are a favorite spot for wildlife viewing in Alaska and a destination on our Glaciers & Grizzlies Adventure tour! Here are some fast facts about grizzly bears, the world-famous Brooks Falls and its live bear cam!
The Grizzly Bears of Katmai National Park
The grizzly bears of Katmai National Park are some of the largest bears in the world! Males can weigh over 1000lbs and grow up to 10ft tall.¹ This is several hundred pounds more than their cousins in Yellowstone National Park. Their size makes them intimidating and they have a reputation for being fierce, but as long as they don’t feel threatened they aren’t usually aggressive. They avoid people whenever possible and only congregate in large groups to feed. And grizzly bears can feed with the best of them! Since they hibernate for 5 to 8 months in the winter, they need to store fat, taking in up to 90lbs of food per day.² This is why you’ll find large groups of them in the Brooks River during the salmon run, feasting on the fish as they swim upstream to their spawning grounds.
Brooks River and Lodge
The Brooks River in Katmai National Park is world-famous for the grizzly bears that gather there every year to feed on the salmon. It’s a safe spot for adventurous travelers to catch a glimpse of these giant predators hunting and playing in the water—a true wonder of nature, live and unfiltered. Most visitors stay at Brooks Lodge. It’s been in operation since 1950, providing cozy accommodations that are only a few feet away from viewing platforms along the river. Here, it’s not a question of if you’ll see a grizzly bear, but how many. At any given time, there can be up to 50 grizzly bears in the river. If you’d like to get a better idea of what it’s like, you can watch it live on the Brooks Falls Live Bear Cam.
Brooks Falls Live Grizzly Bear Cam
The Brooks Falls Live Bear Cam was set up in June of 2012 to let bear-lovers watch the river live 24/7 during the summer season. It’s the perfect location to catch grizzly bears in action since the waterfalls in this mile-long stretch of river slow the salmon down, giving hungry bears the opportunity to catch them. If you watch closely, you’ll see that grizzly bears have several different hunting techniques, including the stand & wait, the dash & grab, snorkeling, pirating salmon from other bears, and diving. Grizzlies can eat up to 40 fish a day so there’s a lot to see during peak season. Off-season, you can still get your bear fix by watching the cam’s highlights from the previous years.
While the Brooks Falls Bear Cam is a fantastic way to catch a glimpse of the lives of the Katmai grizzly bears, it’s no substitute for seeing them in person. That’s why Gondwana Ecotours has but together our Glaciers & Grizzlies Adventure tour! It is the quintessential Alaskan summer bear tour that takes you through Katmai National Park and the Kenai Fjords National Park. You’ll not only stay at the world-famous Brooks Lodge overlooking the river, but you’ll also see Exit Glacier and take a boat ride through the Kenai Fjords. Find out how you can book your adventure today!