One of the more dramatic ways to see Katmai National Park and Preserve is from the window of a small airplane. From the air, you can take in the enormity and diversity of the park landscape - soaring over lowland tundra, vast freshwater lakes, the rugged Pacific coast, and even up to the steaming volcanoes of the Aleutian Range. In addition to the stunning scenery, flightseers can often catch glimpses of large schools of salmon in rivers, bears and moose roaming the landscape, rookeries of birds, and marine mammals hauled out on rocky islets.
The majority of air taxis authorized to operate in Katmai offer flightseeing tours. Most flightseeing tours originate is the communities surrounding the park such as Anchorage, Homer, King Salmon, Kodiak, and Soldotna among others. Please see the commercial visitor services directory for contact information on authorized businesses.
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.