• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls

    Katmai

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Visitor Centers

Brooks Camp Visitor Center
The Brooks Camp Visitor Center
An NPS Photo by Peter Hamel
 

Brooks Camp Visitor Center

Open

Open from June 1 to September 17 each year

Location

On Naknek Lake near the mouth of Brooks River, 30 air miles from King Salmon.

Special Programs

All visitors to Brooks Camp are required to attend the Brooks Camp School of Bear Etiquette offered at the Visitor Center. This 20 minute orientation provides visitors with basic information to help keep themselves safe and bears out of trouble. A variety of interpretive programs are available at Brooks Camp throughout the summer. Evening programs are presented nightly by Park staff. Each afternoon, a Ranger-led cultural walk takes visitors to a re-created archeological site from the Visitor Center. Each day Rangers also join Brooks Lodge staff to offer a guided bus tour to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. Reservations for the bus tour must be made in advance at Brooks Lodge. Other special ranger guided hikes and activities occur on an unscheduled basis throughout the season. Check at the Brooks Camp Visitor Center for the current schedule.

Exhibits

Books, cards, posters, and videos are just some of the items available at the Alaska Geographic Association Bookstore.

Available Facilities

Backcountry Planners and bear resistant food canisters (no charge) are also available for those challenging Katmai's trackless backcountry.

King Salmon Visitor Center

Open

Open All Year 8 am to 5 pm

Phone

907-246-4250

Location

Next to the airport terminal in King Salmon

Special Programs

The King Salmon Visitor Center is an interagency facility. Partners include the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bristol Bay Borough, and Lake & Peninsula Borough.

Exhibits

The visitor center has exhibits of the local area as well as interpreters who will provide information on the entire Katmai region. The Visitor Center serves as an outlet for books, postcards, and other interpretive material offered through the Alaska Geographic Association.

Wilderness Information Centers

Three Forks Visitor Contact Station

Open

Open from June 7 to September 17 each year

Location

Located 23 miles from Brooks Camp on the only road within Katmai National Park & Preserve. The Three Forks Station overlooks the famous Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and is the starting point of the Ukak Falls Trail. The building is open from approximately 12-3 pm each day during the regularly scheduled bus tour to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.

Did You Know?

Fording Windy Creek in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

The only bridge in Katmai spans the Brooks River. All other rivers in the park must be crossed on foot or by boat. Be careful as heavy rains or melting snow can quickly cause the rivers to become uncrossable.