• River: Naknek River
• Surface Area: 154,880 Acres
• Length: 40 Miles
Naknek Lake is the largest lake located in the Katmai National Park and Preserve. The lake is known for its ample opportunities to see the wildlife at the preserve. Nature enthusiats can spot wolves, moose, and the occasional wolverine, but what really attracts people to the lake are the grizzly bears.
Brooks Camp, situated at the mouth of the Brooks River and the shore of Naknek Lake, offers the best viewing of the grizzly bears. Bears have been fishing at Brooks Camp for so long that they have come to trust the humans who come to visit them. The best time to view the grizzlies feeding is during salmon spawning season.