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.


Park Passport Stamps

We are offering a Virtual Visitor stamp for our online visitors!

Print this stamp and tape it into your passport book if you've been following us on social media or exploring our website. You can experience the park from wherever you are!


Last updated: July 12, 2021

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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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