Float Plane to Brooks Falls

After visiting Denali on our Alaska vacation, we took a float plane to Brooks Falls, famous for its salmon and bears. Most of us hadn’t seen a float plane, which has pontoons to land on water. We crowded near the dock looking at the float planes landing, wondering which plane we’d take.

The 10-person Otter is in front. The next plane holds six passengers.

10-person Otter in front
10-person Otter in front

We rode the smallest plane, with five passengers. The air carrier weighed each passenger with hand luggage to decide which plane we’d ride.

our plane (last) holds five passengers
our plane (last) holds five passengers

The flat terrain with many lakes looks like a glacier came through here.

many lakes
many lakes

We finally saw a lake with float planes parked on a beach. Brooks Lodge, where we’d stay for two days, is in the trees behind the planes. This area is part of Katmai National Park.

Brooks Lodge
Brooks Lodge

That afternoon we walked to Brooks Falls, where sockeye salmon swimming to their spawning grounds must jump up the falls, where hungry bears wait.

bear catching a sockeye salmon
bear catching a sockeye salmon

We planned our Alaska trip in order to visit Brooks Falls at the height of the sockeye salmon run, and we’d spend two days there.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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