• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls

    Katmai

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Nature

floating pumice
Pumice, a rock less dense than water, from the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes often rafts for dozens of miles across Naknek Lake.
NPS/M. Fitz
Katmai was declared a national monument in 1918 to preserve the living laboratory of the cataclysmic Novarupta-Katmai eruption, particularly the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Since then, Katmai has become significant for more than volcanoes.
 

Animals: From mighty brown bears and giant moose to curious fox and tiny fish named sticklebacks, Katmai hosts a grand assemblage of organisms.

 

Geology and Landscape Dynamics: Explore a landscape ruled by towering volcanoes, fierce weather, and a changing climate.

 
 

Wilderness: Katmai is a landscape where the nature can be wild.

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