Katmai National Park, Alaska

Katmai National Park is located near King Salmon city in Alaska. The park was established in 1980 on December 2. It attracts nearly 40,000 visitors annually and spans an area of about 6395 square miles. Katmai National Park centers around the stratovolcano Mount Katmai. The park contains 7 active volcanos. The waters of the park are know for their salmon and their bear populations. Vistors like to ski, hike, camp, and backback when they come to the park. It's also popular to watch brown bears feed on salmon during spanning season. Brooks camp is one of the few developed areas in the park and contains platforms for people to watch and photograph the bear population that has been acclimated to human presence. There are also salmon, seals, and whales located in the parks waters. The park has an abundance of wildlife with almost 30 types of mammals, almost 140 types of birds, and more than 20 types of freshwater fish. The park is always open but June through middle of September are popular times to visit.

Katmai National Park Info


Katmai National Park

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News

Bear 409 Crowned Fattest Bear 2018

King Salmon, AK – In the tournament to be the tubbiest on the tundra, bear 409 Beadnose is the undisputed heavyweight champion for 2018. Online fans voted bear 409 “Fattest Bear” in the culmination of Fat Bear Week, a March-Madness style competition on the national park’s social media.

It’s Jiggly Season: Fat Bear Week Begins October 3rd

Who is the fattest bear on the Brooks River? On Wednesday, October 3rd, Katmai National Park and Preserve kicks-off Fat Bear Week 2018.

Katmai Proposes Relocation of Brooks Campground Trail

Katmai has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the relocation of the Brooks Campground Trail within the Brooks Camp area of Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Katmai National Park Photos

Mom on the West

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Mom on the West

The cubs will stay with their very protective mother for about two years. The bridge separated this mother bear and her cub. Immediately the cub stood up, realizing he was in trouble and started screeching. The mom and three cubs reunited with in minutes of juniors’ shrieks.

Coastal Brown Bear

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Coastal Brown Bear

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Katmai Floating Bridge

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Katmai Floating Bridge

This is the floating bridge at Brooks River in Katmai National Park. Floating bridge has a lot of bear and human interactions. The rangers call it a “bear jam,” which means, when there are bears in the area humans cannot use the bridge. The park feels this is a happy experience; visitors spending hours of their vacation time waiting. Elevating the bridge could alleviate this problem. This floating bridge has out lived its usefulness and should have been replaced with an elevated bridge decades ago.

Presently the bears have to come out of the river to go around the bridge. Many stroll along and some stop to take a long nap.

Cost to replace the 1,550 feet long floating bridge, with an elevated one and make more viewing platforms is $7.4 million to $13 million. ($ 4,774 to $8.387 per foot) who will profit, a campaign contributor or relatives? In any case it is a failure the public and parks will shoulder.

Bear 402 and cubs beneath the Falls platform

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Bear 402 and cubs beneath the Falls platform

NPS Photo/R. Taylor

Bears 503 and 812 play along the Brooks River

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Bears 503 and 812 play along the Brooks River

NPS Photo/R. Taylor

Bear 854 Divot near Brooks Falls, September 2, 2018

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Bear 854 Divot near Brooks Falls, September 2, 2018

NPS Photo/R. Taylor

Bears 32 and 856 face off on the Brooks River, July 6, 2018

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Bears 32 and 856 face off on the Brooks River, July 6, 2018

NPS Photo/R. Taylor

Brown bear cubs in Naknek Lake. Their mama fishes just out of the frame. NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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Brown bear cubs in Naknek Lake. Their mama fishes just out of the frame. NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

Brown bear cubs in Naknek Lake

A brown bear sits near the bridge on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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A brown bear sits near the bridge on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

A brown bear sits near the bridge on the Lower Brooks River

A brown bear eating the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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A brown bear eating the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

A brown bear eating in the Lower Brooks River

A brown bear on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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A brown bear on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

A brown bear on the Lower Brooks River

Bear 480 Otis on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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Bear 480 Otis on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

Bear 480 Otis on the Lower Brooks River

A brown bear on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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A brown bear on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

A brown bear on the Lower Brooks River

A brown bear eats a red salmon NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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A brown bear eats a red salmon NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

A brown bear eats a red salmon

A brown bear eats a red salmon on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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A brown bear eats a red salmon on the Lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

A brown bear eats a red salmon

Bear 480 Otis with spawned-out salmon NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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Bear 480 Otis with spawned-out salmon NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

Bear 480 Otis eats a spawned-out salmon on the Lower Brooks River, September 30, 2018

Bear 480 Snorkeling NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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Bear 480 Snorkeling NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

Bear 480 looks for spawned-out salmon in the Lower Brooks River, September 30, 2018

A family group feeds on salmon in the lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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A family group feeds on salmon in the lower Brooks River NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

A family group feeds on salmon in the Lower Brooks River

Bear 94 and her 3 spring cubs feed on Naknek Lake NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

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Bear 94 and her 3 spring cubs feed on Naknek Lake NPS Photo/Russ Taylor

A brown bear sow and her three cubs feed on Naknek Lake

Cub on the East

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Cub on the East

The cubs will stay with their very protective mother for about two years. The bridge separated this mother bear and her cub. Immediately the cub stood up, realizing he was in trouble and started screeching. The mom and three cubs reunited with in minutes of juniors’ shrieks.