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#43530 - 07/14/15 07:13 PM Re: Brooks Falls - Brown Bear & Salmon Cam [Re: Chicagocwright]
Whitney Fan Offline


Registered: 12/02/09
Posts: 213
Loc: Las Vegas
Originally Posted By: Chicagocwright


I'm trying to post this picture: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3706823548300&l=8ca37bea13

It's some goofy guy with a couple bears behind them.

This picture is at the Russian River about 2 hours south of Anchorage where salmon fishermen share the river with frequent bears. The rule is you cut your line when a bear approaches. I don't recall any incidents here. As you say, the bears are more interested in the fish than people. There were actually three bears--a mom and two yearling cubs that we were able to watch for quite some time.

Sounds like an awesome trip. Did you have to enter the lottery for the Brooks Fall trip?


Chicacocwright, your "lottery" was a new one for me. I did a quick Google search and hit a few links and could not find anything to indicate that a lottery was in effect for anyone wishing to fly in to Katmai, sleep at Brooks Lodge, or camp at Brooks Camp. It appeared there may be a lottery in effect for other areas in Alaska but I couldn't find anything to support that for Brooks.

Rather -- you just have to reserve early and shell out bucks! I booked with Bald Mountain Air (flying out of Homer) back in February. Than again, I suppose last minute seats are available . . . but I wouldn't want to chance that myself.

Since you're a fisherman, I might add . . . at the viewing platforms it was interesting to see that there WERE fishermen in the same area, just a little downstream from where the bears were. I guess as long as they observe that 50 yard rule they're OK . . . and they did seem to leave or retreat every once in a while when bears got closer to them. Also, at the start of the trail to the viewing platforms there is a bridge across the river . . . and I noted MANY salmon swimming just below the surface. Just solid phalanxes of them!

I note that right now the webcam is down because of technical difficulties.

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#43540 - 07/15/15 09:58 AM Re: Brooks Falls - Brown Bear & Salmon Cam [Re: Whitney Fan]
Chicagocwright Offline


Registered: 09/05/12
Posts: 172
Loc: Alaska
Hmm, I haven't looked into the details yet but this is the lottery I am talking about.

Bear Viewing Lottery

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#43545 - 07/15/15 01:55 PM Re: Brooks Falls - Brown Bear & Salmon Cam [Re: Chicagocwright]
Whitney Fan Offline


Registered: 12/02/09
Posts: 213
Loc: Las Vegas
That was actually one of the pages I looked at quickly with my Google search. I went back to it, and when you read it all you see that a lottery is relevant for an area different than Brooks Falls (McNeil River) but not for Brooks Falls.

Coincidentally, that McNeil River was talked about quite a bit by the pilots in the air . . . the weather was marginal and everyone was trying to find the best way to get into Brooks Camp. Lots of cloud dodging, and getting down low under them. I remember the McNeil River being cited as the preferred entry way.

Also coincidentally -- the webcam is back online today.

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#46822 - 06/23/16 10:50 AM Re: Brooks Falls - Brown Bear & Salmon Cam [Re: Whitney Fan]
Paul Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 199
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
Good news for bear lovers, the bear camera is up and working and the bears are catching salmon at the Falls.

Another year for watching, and the salmon are running wild.

paul

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#46830 - 06/23/16 08:46 PM Re: Brooks Falls - Brown Bear & Salmon Cam [Re: Paul]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7871
Loc: Fresno, CA
Thanks, Paul. I tried to change the video link on the
first page of this thread. Not sure if it works.

If not, people can go to the Explore.org page.

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#46951 - 07/05/16 10:35 AM Re: Brooks Falls - Brown Bear & Salmon Cam [Re: Steve C]
Paul Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 199
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
Incredible display of salmon jumping today.

paul

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#55880 - 08/05/19 09:33 AM Re: Brooks Falls - Brown Bear & Salmon Cam [Re: Paul]
Paul Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 199
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
If you are bored with life and want some exciting viewing..... watch the Brooks Falls - Brown Bear & Salmon Cam at the top of the posts.

You need to click on the link.....the Youtube video is not available.

They're back.

paul

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