Plan Your Visit
Katmai's landscape contains vast multi–lake watersheds with hundreds of miles of wild, untamed rivers and streams. It's an outdoor laboratory for studying the effects of volcanism, climate change, and other large scale landscape processes. This is also place with a 9,000 year record of human adaptation to environmental and ecological change. Start your journey by exploring the links below and be sure to download a copy of our park newspaper, The Novarupta, and check out Katmai's Frequently Asked Questions.
Directions: Learn where Katmai is in relation to major airports and cities in Alaska. Suggestions about traveling to Katmai can also be found here.
Operating Hours and Seasons: Katmai never closes, but changing weather conditions and seasons necessitate proper planning.
Fees and Reservations: At this link you'll find information about what park fees to expect and whether or not you'll need a reservation.
Accessibility: Katmai is largely wilderness with less than 6 miles of designated and maintained hiking trails. However, ADA accessible accommodations and facilities do exist.
Things To Do: Bear watching, sport fishing, boating, and backcountry hiking and camping are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy.
Things to Know Before You Come: Katmai has very few services within and near its boundaries. This page contains important information about bear safety, weather, lodging, and other services.
Brochures: Here you can download several brochures to help plan your visit.
Did You Know?
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.