Instructions for making Brooks Camp Campground Reservation (Jan. 9, 2014)
The reservation period for the Brooks Camp Campground did open as advertised at 8 AM Alaska Time on January 5. However, some people did find the reservation process confusing. More »
Backcountry Hiking and Camping
With less than five miles of maintained trails, Katmai is a wilderness park. Its backcountry is filled with nearly limitless possibilities for adventure, challenge, exploration and solitude. Wilderness travel can be by foot, kayak, canoe, raft, boat or airplane.
Most backcountry users find that they need skills beyond basic camping skills to have a safe and memorable experience. No permits are necessary to camp in Katmai's backcountry, but careful planning is necessary in order to have a safe and enjoyable visit. Explore the links below to begin planning your backcountry adventure.
Backcountry Regulations and Suggested Best Practices
Carry the Ten Essentials
Did You Know?
In 1918, the scarcity of beef caused many Alaskans to call for the repeal of all legal protection for bears. Katmai park promoters were cautioned,"the word bear should never be mentioned in connection with establishing a National Monument." Ironically, today visitors flock here to view bears.