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National Park & Preserve
In southeastern Alaska, near King Salmon
Variety marks this vast land, where lakes, forests, mountains, and marshlands abound in wildlife. The Alaska brown bear—the world's largest carnivore—thrives here, feeding upon red salmon that spawn in the many lakes and streams. Wild rivers and renowned sportfishing add to the attractions of this subarctic environment. In 1912 Novarupta Volcano erupted violently here, forming the ash-filled "Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes" where steam rose from countless fumaroles. Today only a few active vents remain. The park also contains part of the Alagnak Wild River. The site was proclaimed as Katmai National Monument in 1918 and established as a national park and preserve in 1980.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Backcountry camping, bear viewing, boat touring, bus touring, fishing, hiking. Facilities: 2 visitor centers: King Salmon (next to the airport terminal), Brooks Camp (open June-mid-Sept). Bear viewing platforms, bookstore. Programs & Events: Ranger-led cultural walks, interpretive programs, evening slide programs (June-mid-Sept., Brooks Camp). Tips & Hints: Be prepared for cold, windy, rainy weather as well as some warm, sunny days in summer. Temperatures usually hover around 60°F. Winters days receive six hours of sunlight. Get bear-resistant canisters at visitor centers. Be prepared for bears in vicinity of Brooks Camp. Very close encounters with bears are common and require visitors to move briskly. Go in July and Sept. for best bear viewing. Expect waits and time limits on bear viewing platforms in July Busiest in July, least crowded in Jan. and Feb.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the park: Brooks Camp (17 sites; $8; flush toilets, showers). Backcountry camping allowed. Hotels: In the park: Brooks Lodge (tel. 907/243-5448 or 800/544-0551; 16 rooms; $144-$455; closed Oct.-May), Grosvenor Lodge (tel. 907/243-5448 or 800/544-0551; 3 cabins; $2,125 for 3 days, including meals, lodging, guided outings, and gear; closed Oct.-May), Kulik Lodge (tel. 907/243-5448 or 800/544-0551; 12 cabins; $2,150 for 3 days, including meals, lodging, guided outings, and gear; closed Oct.-May). See Alagnak Wild River. X Restaurants: In the park: Brooks Lodge (tel. 907/243-5448; $12-$26). See Alagnak Wild River. & Groceries & Gear: In the park: Brooks Lodge Trading Post (tel. 907/243-5448). See Alagnak Wild River
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Reservations recommended for daily bus tour ($79) from Brooks Lodge (tel. 907/243-5448 or 800/544-0551) to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. The trip starts at Brooks Camp and includes a day hike to Ukak Falls. Backcountry permits (recommended) available at Brooks Camp and King Salmon. No capsicum bear spray allowed on commercial flights. Park open daily. Park Service and concession services offered at Brooks Camp early June-mid-Sept.
HOW TO GET THERE
290 mi southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula, just west of King Salmon; no road access. Daily commercial flights run between Anchorage and King Salmon. Charters, air taxis, and boat tours available from King Salmon, Anchorage, Homer, and Kodiak. Scheduled service into Brooks Camp available from King Salmon by floatplane and boat. Many area lodges provide their own transportation to the park.
Katmai National Park & Preserve (Box 7, King Salmon, AK 99613, tel. 907/246-3305). Katmailand (concessionnaire, ). Alaska Public Lands Information Center (605 W. 4th Ave., Suite 105, Anchorage, AK 99501, tel. 907/271-2737).
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