The bears of Brooks Falls have gained internet fame over the past few years for their prodigious ability to, well, get fat. Such is their ability to pack on the pounds that Katmai National Park has begun a popular Fat Bear tournament in which Facebook users can vote on the fattest bear of the Brooks River.
While Brooks is a great place to view bears during most of the summer, mid-September, just before the bruins turn in for their winter’s sleep, is the time to see them at their most rotund.
This trip, with three days at Brooks, is an ideal way to see and photograph the fattest of fat bears at Katmai.
After our time in Katmai, we’ll travel down the Kenai Peninsula toward the town of Homer, where we’ll spend three more nights, photographing eagles, taking a boat trip around Kachemak Bay to see otters, whales, porpoises, seals, and seabirds, checking out the autumn colors, and photographing the jaw-dropping sunsets over Cook Inlet.
Well past the tourist season, this is perhaps my favorite time of year in Alaska. There will be few crowds, even at Brooks Falls, and we’ll have most locations entirely to ourselves.
Let’s go photograph some fat bears, shall we?
We will start our trip with some time in beautiful Homer, Alaska. I'll pick you up at your hotel in Anchorage, and we'll make our way south down the Kenai Peninsula, (stopping frequently on the way for photos of the mountains, glaciers, and lakes along the way). We'll arrive in Homer in the late afternoon, with some time to enjoy the sunset over Kachemak Bay from our hotel at the tip of the famous Homer Spit.