Plan Your Visit

Katmai National Park and Preserve spans over four million acres of remote, wild, and spectacular country. In Katmai you'll find the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and the site of the world's largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Katmai hosts an incredible density of brown bears, offering visitors an unprecedented opportunity to study and view bears in their natural habitat. Inside its boundaries are important spawning and rearing ground for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, which help sustain one of the largest and economically important salmon runs in the world.

Katmai's landscape contains vast multi–lake watersheds with hundreds of miles of wild, untamed rivers and streams. It's an outdoor laboratory for studying the effects of volcanism, climate change, and other large scale landscape processes. This is also place with a 9,000 year record of human adaptation to environmental and ecological change.

Things To Do: Bear watching, sport fishing, boating, and backcountry hiking and camping are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy.

Accessibility: Katmai is largely wilderness with less than 6 miles of designated and maintained hiking trails. However, ADA accessible accommodations and facilities do exist.

Brochures: Here you can download several brochures to help plan your visit.

Calendar: Check Katmai's event calendar to find special events scheduled during your visit or online ranger chats.

Safety: Plan ahead to safely enjoy your visit to Katmai.

Nearby Attractions: Learn about other places to visit on the Alaska Peninsula.

illustration showing an abstract volcano with an image of salmon, a bear, fireweed, and an Alutiiq kayaker; text Katmai 1918-2018
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Last updated: February 15, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 7
1000 Silver Street, Building 603

King Salmon, AK 99613


(907) 246-3305

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