The “riffles” area of Brooks River in Alaska’s Katmai National Park is just 100 yards downstream from Brooks Falls–and it’s a favorite spot of mama bears, their cubs, and young sub-adult bears. Just 100 yards downstream from Brooks Falls, the Riffles cam overlooks an area of the river frequented by mother bears, their playful cubs, and wary sub-adult bears. Watch as they play, fish, and eat! In September, the riffles area is packed with spawning salmon.
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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Mindful Living Network is proud to feature many of EXPLORE’s amazing cams here on our site. You can check out all of EXPLORE’s live cams and highlight reels on this section of their website. EXPLORE’s mission is to champion the selfless acts of others, create a portal into the soul of humanity and inspire lifelong learning. That sounds pretty good to us! If you’d like, you can learn more about EXPLORE on their website, www.explore.org