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

Announcing the 2020 Brooks Camp Bear Pins Logo Contest

The National Park Service invites artists from the Southwest Alaska region to submit designs for use on Brooks Camp 2020 Bear Etiquette Pins. The selected design will appear on thousands of bear pins distributed to Brooks Camp visitors this summer. In addition to the satisfaction of seeing their artwork reaching an audience from around the world, the winner will also receive a pair of pins as an award.

River, river in the Fall, who’s the fattest bear of all?

Fat Bear Week Begins October 2nd. King Salmon, AK – Not even the fabled magic mirror knows who will be crowned the fattest bear on the Brooks River because you get to decide instead! Only time and voters on Katmai National Park and Preserve’s Facebook page will tell. Wednesday, October 2nd kicks off Fat Bear Week 2019!

Bridging Past & Future: Ribbon-cutting of the New Brooks River Bridge

On June 29 and 30, 2019, Katmai National Park & Preserve (NP&P) celebrated the grand opening of its new elevated bridge across the lower Brooks River. The event marked the end of a challenging project first conceived over a decade ago, as well as the beginning of a new era for Katmai.

Katmai National Park Photos

Sub Adult 9234

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Sub Adult 9234

Katmai National Park and Preserve is on a peninsula in southern Alaska. Its wild landscapes span tundra, forests, lakes and mountains. The park is known for the many brown bears that are drawn to the abundant salmon in Brooks Falls. Lookout platforms at adjacent Brooks Camp offer close-up views of the bears.

Bear and Cubs 9162

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Bear and Cubs 9162

Katmai National Park and Preserve is on a peninsula in southern Alaska. Its wild landscapes span tundra, forests, lakes and mountains. The park is known for the many brown bears that are drawn to the abundant salmon in Brooks Falls. Lookout platforms at adjacent Brooks Camp offer close-up views of the bears.

Bear Emerging

tomblandford posted a photo:

Bear Emerging

A Brown Bear comes out of the dense vegetation along a river in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Fishermen and photographers along the banks of the river need to be alert as the bears' appearance can be rather sudden.

Confronting the Enemy! A brave salmon getting a close-up view of this brown bear and his meal - 0096b

PhotoJenics by Jen Hall posted a photo:

Confronting the Enemy! A brave salmon getting a close-up view of this brown bear and his meal - 0096b

Good thing this bear already has a meal.

Aware Bear

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Aware Bear

One more shot from our 2016 Alaska trip.
A beautiful female brown bear casts a wary glance toward me as it crosses a shallow creek in Katmai National Park.

The Challengers For The Moment

TNWA Photography (Debbie Tubridy) posted a photo:

The Challengers For The Moment

Thought I would share this image today ... as an intro to this day, which I'm sure will be full of TV, food, beer, and eyes glued to the action. It's Super Bowl Sunday!

The image was taken in Alaska's Katmai National Park. These were younger sub-adult bears and there were plenty of them. LOL. See, the salmon run is on and while the younger bears don't necessarily rate the premiere fishing spots, they still get their share. However, they still are youthful and enjoy good times sparring around with each other ... learning skills that they will need in their survival when they work out dominance issues ... whether learning to attain it or submit to another's. The action is always pretty fast and furious for a bit, they they settle back into the water for more fishing. Such is life, huh?

Happy Super Bowl Sunday to those who watch and just Happy Sunday to the others. :-)
© 2019 Debbie Tubridy / TNWA Photography
www.tnwaphotography.com

Grizzly tipping...so much more exciting than cows!

flintframer posted a photo:

Grizzly tipping...so much more exciting than cows!


Taken at Katmai NP back in July.

Fast Food, Katmai National Park — Join Me in AK!

Bryan Carnathan posted a photo:

Fast Food, Katmai National Park — Join Me in AK!

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"I'm frightened!"

delphinusorca posted a photo:

"I'm frightened!"

A brown bear cub, who scurried up a tree when another bear approached, looks down at mom for the all-clear signal. Brooks Camp, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Red Fox searching for food during low tide

TrekLightly posted a photo:

Red Fox searching for food during low tide

This red fox was eating crabs found in the intertidal zone of Geographic Harbor, Alaska

Brown Bear Family On the Go - Mom's Sure Busy With Her Triplets! 2050b

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Brown Bear Family On the Go - Mom's Sure Busy With Her Triplets! 2050b

A Head Shot Study

TNWA Photography (Debbie Tubridy) posted a photo:

A Head Shot Study

Most people that know me, know that I love bears ... especially brown bears in Alaska. Last year, we took off in search of them several times. Each visit is different, though each is special and holds many memories.

This image was taken using a long lens and slightly cropped for focus on the head. To me, there's something so fascinating about brown bears ... their beady eyes, small ears, big teeth, and overall size ... especially during the summer when they've been dining on fresh salmon and piling on the pounds necessary for survival. When I photograph bears, I always have to pinch myself. My heart starts pounding, but not from fear. From the first time that I photographed them back in 2007, I was hooked.

This particular bear, like others I've seen too, had a speckled tongue. So interesting to me. Can't wait to see what 2020 brings. :-). #nopebblemine

Thanks for stopping by to view.
© 2019 Debbie Tubridy / TNWA Photography
www.tnwaphotography.com

Charging Grizzly

flintframer posted a photo:

Charging Grizzly

I’m still playing with a few of my bear shots taken this past July while in Alaska. Mentally reliving one of the best days of my life while trying to refine what I did and how I was set up, how and what equipment I carried as I prepare for the next trip.

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Catching Salmon is a hard job, sometimes you just to need to nap - right in the middle of the river - 0812b

PhotoJenics by Jen Hall posted a photo:

Catching Salmon is a hard job, sometimes you just to need to nap - right in the middle of the river - 0812b

Photobombed by a salmon while catching a nap :)

Barry Gilbert and Stephen Street at Brooks Camp

grizzman86 posted a photo:

Barry Gilbert and Stephen Street at Brooks Camp

Me posing with Barry Gilbert in the lodge at Brooks Camp, Katmai National Park. Sept. 2009

Brown Bear nursing her cub

TrekLightly posted a photo:

Brown Bear nursing her cub

She was very comfortable being near humans and away from the larger male brown bears.

Mother Bear on alert while her cub nurses

TrekLightly posted a photo:

Mother Bear on alert while her cub nurses

Brown Bear mothers are extremely protective of their cubs and will not hesitate to charge much larger male bears if they get too close. You never want to be between a bear and her cub. This cute cub was curious and approached us several times while mom fished nearby.

Mom Still Snorkeling

jpmckenna - Plotting 2020 Adventures posted a photo:

Mom Still Snorkeling

Photo taken during our trip up Katmai National Park and Preserve where we had a couple of days in the Brooks Falls area before heading out towards the volcanic desolation area of Mt. Kamai area.

Swim Swim Swim!

jpmckenna - Plotting 2020 Adventures posted a photo:

Swim Swim Swim!

Photo taken during our trip up Katmai National Park and Preserve where we had a couple of days in the Brooks Falls area before heading out towards the volcanic desolation area of Mt. Kamai area.

Family Time in the Water

jpmckenna - Plotting 2020 Adventures posted a photo:

Family Time in the Water

Photo taken during our trip up Katmai National Park and Preserve where we had a couple of days in the Brooks Falls area before heading out towards the volcanic desolation area of Mt. Kamai area.