Katmai National Park - It's What Alaska is About

Katmai National Park
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Katmai National Park is what you think about when you think about Alaska. It' famous for it's active volcanoes, brown bears, awesome fresh water sport fishing, and rugged wilderness with North America's highest concentration of prehistoric human dwellings.

Katmai National Park & Preserve
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The park is located on the Alaska Peninsula. The park and preserve are open year-round. Most visitors arrive between June and October, when transportation and guiding services are readily available.

Visitors to the park come to experience soft adventure, the wilderness, great natural scenery, and the best freshwater sport fishing in the world. There are 14 active volcanoes in the park, brown bears, salmon, and trout that can be experienced by hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, and boat tours.

The bear population in the park numbers in excess of 2,000 and is estimated to be the largest in the world.

One of most photographed brown bear locations in the world is the Brooks Falls viewing platform when the salmon are spawning .Most people arrive at Brooks Camp via small, float-equipped aircraft. It is also a starting point for many backcountry adventures. Daily bus tours from Brooks Camp provide easy access to the geologic splendor of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, site of the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century

Getting to the Park?

Katmai National Park and Preserve is located on the northern Alaska Peninsula, northwest of Kodiak Island and southwest of Homer, Alaska. The park's headquarters is in King Salmon, about 290 air miles southwest of Anchorage.

Unlike most national parks in the United States, Katmai is almost exclusively accessed by plane or boat. Much of this area is rarely visited and opportunities for incredible wilderness experiences abound.Other areas, such as Brooks Camp, are more easily accessed and have amenities like lodging and hot meals.

Many companies provide a variety of commercial visitor services including transportation, guided day trips, guided multi-day trips, overnight accommodations and food services. Commercial partners are authorized by permit to operate in the parks.

Most destinations in Katmai National Park & Preserve are directly accessed via air taxi flights from Anchorage, Dillingham, Homer, King Salmon, Kodiak, and other nearby Alaska towns and villages.

Where To Stay - Lodges

Here are a few of the best lodges to stay at If you plan to visit Alaska to experience spectacular wilderness settings and awesome trout and salmon fishing.

Kulik Lodge is best known as a top trout fly sport fishing lodge near Alaska's best rainbow trout and salmon fishing grounds. They have a capacity of 28 guests and is open from June to October.

Grosvenor Lodge is a small sport fishing lodge. Only six persons are accommodated at a time, making this a popular vacation spot for families, business associates or a group of fishing buddies. Grosvenor operates from June to October and offers 3, 4, and 7 night sport fishing packages.

Brooks Lodge is near the famous Brooks River and next to Brooks Falls and provides guests with the opportunity to observe and photograph Alaskan brown bears fishing and the silver horde of sockeye salmon as they leap the Brooks Falls on their upriver journey to spawning grounds. They offer hiking and interpretive programs provided by National Park Service Rangers. 16 guests units can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests. Facilities are available for small seminars. Brooks operates from June 1st to September 18th.