• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls


    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?

Brooks Falls with several bears feeding in July

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.