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 »
You don't have to visit Katmai to join our programs! Rangers at Katmai participate in video and text chats throughout the year on a variety of topics, especially bears. Follow us on Katmai's social media sites for dates, times, and topics.
Katmai's landscape has been home to people for thousands of years and you are invited to explore the human side of the Brooks River.
The Brooks River area is both a National Historic Landmark and a National Register of Historic Places Archeological District. With over 900 house depressions near the river, this is one of the most densely concentrated archeological areas in North America.
This walk follows an easy 1/4 mile trail to a reconstructed traditional Native home and explores the human history hidden along the river and in the forest.
Where: Brooks Camp Visitor Center
When: 2 PM Daily from June 7 to September 17
Distance: .5 mile (.8 km) round trip
Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Join a park ranger for an illustrated talk in the Brooks Camp Auditorium. Each night, this program offers unique perspectives, stories, and information on Katmai National Park.
Where: Brooks Camp Auditorium
When: 8 PM Daily from June 7 to September 17
Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
On June 6, 1912 Novarupta Volcano exploded resulting in the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The eruption was so violent that the summit of Mount Katmai collapsed, villages were abandoned, and explosions were heard as far away as Juneau. In the wake of this violence, hardy adventurers and scientists discovered the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a spectacular forty square mile ash flow.
You can explore Katmai’s volcanic landscape on this day-long tour. The road to the Valley crosses three streams before arriving at the Robert F. Griggs Visitor Center. After a break for lunch, a ranger leads an optional hike down to the Valley floor. The hike covers three miles (4.8 km) round trip with 800 feet (244 m) of elevation change.
A fee is charged for this tour and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at Brooks Lodge and through the park’s concessionaire, Katmailand, Inc. Be sure to bring water, hiking boots, rain gear, and warm clothing.
Where: Lower River Platform
Did You Know?
In some years, almost 100 individual bears use the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) long Brooks River. This river is one of the first places in the Katmai region where salmon are available to bears.