Bear River Watch at Katmai National Park in Alaska – Explore.org LIVECAM

by Andrea Greengard

This is a river you want to watch–every summer, brown bears descend on a one-mile stretch of this river in Katmai National Park to fish for salmon. This camera switches between two camera angles near the outlet of Brooks River, Lower River North to Lower River East, providing unprecedented views of migrating salmon and the bears fishing for them.

This live cam is mounted on a floating bridge on the Brooks River, providing a spectacular view of the river and its surroundings. During the cold winter months, the landscape of Katmai National Park is blanketed with a thick layer of snow and ice. When the weather begins to warm in the spring, the river visibly comes alive.

In the summer months, sockeye salmon return to Brooks Lake to spawn, swimming upstream all the way from the Pacific. Once the salmon arrive, the brown bears are quick to follow!

After a long hibernation, hungry brown bears will descend on a mile-long stretch of Brooks River to catch salmon. You might even see a bear “snorkeling” for fish by swimming on the surface with their heads submerged!

Best Times to Watch

The most activity on the bear cams in Katmai National Park and Preserve happens in July and September. Bears seek out the places where they can get the most fish with the least amount of energy, and the location of these places shift throughout the summer. In July and September, Brooks River has a high overall density of fish, but in August, smaller streams in the area tend to have more salmon, so bears will follow them there.

About Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park and Preserve was established to protect and study the active volcanic landscape surrounding the Valley of the Ten Thousand Smokes. This vast and pristine wilderness is a critical habitat for brown bears and salmon and provides citizens and scientists alike the opportunity to explore its dynamic arctic ecosystems. Learn more on their website.

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