Located between the stormy north Pacific Ocean and the even stormier Bering Sea, the Katmai region is often a battleground between weather systems. When you visit, be prepared to encounter all types of weather.
On average, wet and cool conditions predominate in spring, summer, and fall. Summer temperatures range from the 30˚ to 80˚ Fahrenheit (-1˚ to 27˚ Celsius). Winters are drier and colder. Winter temperatures are even more variable than summer and can range anywhere from -35˚F to 50˚F (-37˚ to 10˚ C). Most ponds and lakes are frozen by mid to late fall and snow covers the higher elevations of the park until late May and early June. The Pacific coast of Katmai experiences cooler, wetter, and stormier conditions than the interior of the park. Strong wind are common all year. The National Weather Service forecast for King Salmon, AK can be found here.
Follow these tips to brave Katmai's tempestuous weather.
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Did You Know?
Scientists can tell the age of a fish by looking at its ear bone, called the otolith. Growth rings related to water temperature can be seen in the otolith and counted to give age.