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 1950, William Nancarrow built the first National Park Service facilities in Katmai--a food cache, a well, and a tent frame cabin. The Brooks Camp Campground is located at this site today.