Welcome to Katmai National Park & Preserve
A national monument since 1918 and a National Park since 1980, Katmai National Park & Preserve is famous for its salmon-trapping brown bears, epic sport-fishing potential and unusual volcanic landscapes. Unconnected to the main Alaskan road network and covering an area the size of Wales, a visit here, for most people, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience involving meticulous preplanning and a big wad of cash.
Nearly all park visitors fly in via floatplane to the main tourist area of Brooks Camp, 35 miles east of King Salmon. Here they will stand spine-tinglingly close to formidable 1000lb brown bears pawing giant salmon out of the river (some bears even catch the fish clean in their chops). It's the most heavily visited section of the park, equipped with a rustic lodge plus a couple of short trails.