Katmai National Park to open Brooks Camp Campground at half capacity

May 27, 2021

The campground will open to 30 people at a time this summer, starting on June 1. Park officials say they are working with federal, state and local health authorities to try to increase access to the campgrounds and monitor COVID-19.

Brooks Camp Campgrounds is located near the popular bear viewing site at Brooks Falls.
Credit Katmai National Park and Reserve

  

Brooks Camp Campground in the Katmai National Park will open to 30 people at a time this summer -- 50% of the park's capacity. Katmai started its summer season on June 1.

The camp is near the popular bear viewing site of Brooks Falls. The park made the announcement last week to comply with federal guidelines for vaccinated individuals. Masks will only be required for those who are not vaccinated indoors, on platforms, walkways and places where social distancing is not possible.

The camp will allow up to 20 people at each of its viewing platforms: Brooks Falls; Treehouse; and Riffles on the Brooks River. The campground contains three covered cooking shelters that can be used by one group at a time. Group sizes are capped at six people. Cooking, eating and drinking will be limited to the shelters. The same requirements are in effect for food and gear caches.

According to the announcement, park officials are working with federal, state and local health authorities to monitor COVID-19 to try to increase access to the campgrounds throughout the summer. Additional camping permits will be open to the public at 8:00 a.m. on June 4.

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