• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls

    Katmai

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Things To Do

A hiker admires the view of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes from the slopes of Mount Mageik.
Remote and wild, Katmai is a landscape that invites exploration and discovery.
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Backcountry Hiking and Camping: From the lowland tundra of Bristol Bay to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and the rugged Pacific Coast, Katmai is wide open for exploration.
 
Bear Watching: Bears are everywhere in Katmai. Few places on earth have as many bears as Katmai or offer comparable bear viewing opportunities.

 
A kayaker enjoys her time on Naknek Lake.
Boating: The park and preserve's numerous lakes, rivers, and streams offer countless places to explore.
 
Brooks Camp: This is Katmai’s most popular destination and for good reason. Its combination of bear viewing, sport fishing, scenery, history, and facilities is unequaled.

 
Flightseeing: Many pilots would argue that Katmai is best seen from the air.
 
Fishing: Are you an angler looking to fish in streams with numerous, ravenous, and trophy-sized fish? Look no further.

 
Hunting and Trapping: These activities are permitted in the preserve area of Katmai.
 
Nearby Attractions: Katmai is just one of the many spectacular areas on the Alaska Peninsula.
 
Ranger-led Programs: Evening slide shows, walks, hikes and other ranger-led activities are offered at Brooks Camp from June 1 to September 17.

Did You Know?

Visitors on their first floatplane ride.

Most people come to Katmai via floatplane. For many visitors, this is the first time in a small aircraft.