• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls

    Katmai

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Plan Your Visit

Sockeye salmon in the Brooks River

If you visit Katmai in the summer and fall, then you have a good chance of seeing rivers and streams full of salmon.

NPS/T. Jordan

Katmai National Park and Preserve spans over four million acres of remote, wild, and spectacular country. In Katmai you'll find the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and the site of the world's largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Katmai hosts an incredible density of brown bears, offering visitors an unprecedented opportunity to study and view bears in their natural habitat. Inside its boundaries are important spawning and rearing ground for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, which help sustain one of the largest and economically important salmon runs in the world.

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?

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.