• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls

    Katmai

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Environmental Factors

Mageik Volcano from the Griggs Visitor Center
Mount Mageik is one of many active volcanoes within Katmai's boundaries. Volcanoes continue to shape the Katmai's landscape, ecology, and history.
NPS/M. Fitz

Geology: Katmai is a volcanic park, an Ice Age park, and a Jurassic park.
Physiography: Katmai is encompasses two distinct physiographical provinces.
Water: Katmai contains hundreds of miles of rivers and streams and hundreds of thousands of acres of lakes.
Weather and Climate: A subarctic climate and variable weather influences every living thing in Katmai .
Wilderness: Most of the park is officially designated as wilderness by the U.S. Congress.

Did You Know?

Magiek Volcano at the head of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Katmai National Monument was created on September 24, 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson to protect the unique and scenic features of the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption such as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.