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

Winner Announced in the 2020 Brooks Camp Bear Pins Design Competition

We are excited to reveal the winning design selected for the 2020 Brooks Camp Bear Pins Design Competition, submitted by local artist LaRece Egli.

Katmai Announces Earliest Possible Dates for Opening of Brooks Camp Developed Area Park Expects to Offer Reduced Services Only

Katmai National Park and Preserve continues to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while also supporting Alaska’s efforts to responsibly reopen closed areas when possible.

Katmai National Park and Preserve Is Modifying Brooks Camp Developed Area Operations To Implement Current Health Guidance

Katmai National Park and Preserve, in response to health guidance from the State of Alaska and the Bristol Bay Borough, is announcing modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Katmai National Park Photos

Get After It!

David Recht posted a photo:

Get After It!

A big brown bear splashing after yet another salmon in the Douglas River of Katmai NP, AK. (08/2019) www.davidrecht.net

Shredding

jpeder55 posted a photo:

Shredding

I was maybe 60 yards away from this bear as it finished a salmon snack on the rocks. It's an amazing feeling being in the river with this bear, in its environment. Taken on one of our photo workshops in Katmai National Park.
johnpedersenphoto.com

Fishing Season

jpeder55 posted a photo:

Fishing Season

Fishing season in Brooks river in Katmai National Park. I've made numerous trips to this area and on each one I am always awestruck by the bears and the landscape. shot with my Fujifilm X-T3 and XF100-400.
johnpedersenphoto.com

Willow Ptarmigan

tomblandford posted a photo:

Willow Ptarmigan

I thought a shot of Alaska's state bird would be a fitting finale to my brief virtual Alaska wildlife photo tour. We found this Willow Ptarmigan along the bank of a salmon stream in Katmai National Park. Plenty of Brown Bears were fishing nearby but she had nothing to fear with all those easy to catch salmon being the only thing the in which the bears had any interest.

Gone Fishing

jpeder55 posted a photo:

Gone Fishing

Alaskan bear chases a salmon up-river in Katmai National Park. Amazing experiences we've had leading this photo workshop.
johnpedersenphoto.com

Alaskan Brown Bear

tomblandford posted a photo:

Alaskan Brown Bear

Striding across the sedge flats in Katmai National Park, Alaska.
We've cancelled a planned trip to Alaska this year, so I'm conducting a virtual visit.

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

raewynp posted a photo:

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

775 Lefty is one of the best at fishing the lip of Brooks Falls

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

raewynp posted a photo:

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

409 Beadnose (?)

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

raewynp posted a photo:

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

409 Beadnose (?)

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

raewynp posted a photo:

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

775 Lefty

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

raewynp posted a photo:

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

This might be 409 Beadnose

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

raewynp posted a photo:

Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 2018

32 Chunk, sleeping on the beach at Naknek Lake

Dancing Brown Bears - 1426b+

PhotoJenics by Jen Hall posted a photo:

Dancing Brown Bears - 1426b+

They are so cute I could watch them all day!

Salmon Lips

PamLink posted a photo:

Salmon Lips

Brown Bear in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Playing in the archives today. There is still fresh salmon on the lips!

Otis The Bear

OutdoorMK posted a photo:

Otis The Bear

Picture of the famous bear 480 Otis from the Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

One Last Close Up

jpmckenna - Plotting 2020 Adventures posted a photo:

One Last Close Up

One more trip out to Brooks Falls in the morning with lots of bears in action, fishing, and patrolling the falls. Photo taken in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Back at the Lip

jpmckenna - Plotting 2020 Adventures posted a photo:

Back at the Lip

One more trip out to Brooks Falls in the morning with lots of bears in action, fishing, and patrolling the falls. Photo taken in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Goodbye From Katmai

jpmckenna - Plotting 2020 Adventures posted a photo:

Goodbye From Katmai

One more trip out to Brooks Falls in the morning with lots of bears in action, fishing, and patrolling the falls. Photo taken in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

More Food

jpmckenna - Plotting 2020 Adventures posted a photo:

More Food

One more trip out to Brooks Falls in the morning with lots of bears in action, fishing, and patrolling the falls. Photo taken in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Fish Heads, Fish Heads

jpmckenna - Plotting 2020 Adventures posted a photo:

Fish Heads, Fish Heads

One more trip out to Brooks Falls in the morning with lots of bears in action, fishing, and patrolling the falls. Photo taken in Katmai National Park, Alaska.