Brooks River Corridor Group 7-Day Permits

Katmai National Park & Preserve

Permits are not required for the graveled roads and trails, boardwalks or viewing platforms within the Brooks Camp area. A permit is also not needed for any travel to or from villages or homesites. This permit is required for any activities within the Brooks River Corridor, with the exception of redfish fishery subsistence activities. The Brooks River Corridor includes the river itself and 50 yards from the water's edge on either side along the banks from the Lake Brooks inlet downstream to the elevated bridge and boardwalk.  

The Brooks River is located within Katmai National Park and Preserve. Katmai National Park and Preserve protects 9,000 years of human history as well as important habitat for salmon and the thousands of brown bears that feed on them. The Brooks River is recognized for world class rainbow trout fishing and has attracted recreational anglers since the 1940s. The river provides habitat for spawning salmon, drawing in dozens of brown bears each year. 

Fishing Brooks River 

Permit & Season Information

Permits are required for activities within the Brooks River Corridor from June 15 - October 31, with the exception of redfish fishery subsistence activities. One permit allows 7 days of access and is valid beginning on the date shown on the permit. Only the first day of the permit is visible, but it will be honored for the entire 7 days.

Need to Know


All persons visiting the Brooks Camp Developed area must attend a Bear Orientation at the Visitor Center immediately upon arrival.

Permit holders must have a printed permit or an image saved on their phone in hand when present in the river corridor. The permittee must present a government issued photo ID matching the name(s) on the permit for at least one member of the group.

You must sign in once each day before using your permit. Sign-in clipboards are located at the Brooks Camp Visitor Center or the Lake Brooks Picnic Area. Failure to sign in on a clipboard is a violation of the terms and conditions of this permit.  

Site Information

This permit is for any activity within the Brooks River Corridor. The Brooks River Corridor includes the river itself and 50 yards from the water on either side along the banks from the mouth of Lake Brooks to the bridge. This does not include trails, boardwalks or wildlife viewing platforms.  

The use of drones is prohibited.


Group size is limited to 6 persons.  

Groups should strive to maintain 100 yards between one another in order to facilitate bear movement and minimize human-bear interactions.

Take special care to not displace bears from their food source, especially when bears are searching for food or eating.  

Remember, bears always have the right of way.  



Bear Distance Regulations (36 CFR 13.1206) 

Brooks Falls Area

From June 15- Sept 30, no person may enter the area within 50 yards of the river within 100 yards of Brooks Falls. Use the Designated detours around the closure. These routes are marked with orange Flagging tape. 

Fishing Brooks River - Katmai National Park & Preserve (U.S. National Park Service) (   

This permit is valid for 7 days from the first day shown on this permit..   

Failure to follow any of the conditions listed on this permit will result in suspension for up to 7 days or revocation of current permit or future permits. 


Fee Policy

A $6.00 non-refundable fee is required for each permit reserved.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Permits may be cancelled anytime, prior to being printed.

The $6.00 reservation fee is non-refundable.

Change Policy

Once a permit is printed, no changes will be allowed.

Prior to printing a permit, changes in the number of people are allowed. 

Changing the date of entry requires a new reservation. Cancel your current permit and reserve a new permit. The $6.00 permit reservation fee will apply to the new reservation.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

PO Box 7 King Salmon AK 99613

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