By Road: Due to its remote location, the park is not accessible by road. You can't drive to Katmai, Brooks Camp or King Salmon from anywhere in Alaska.
By Boat: Fortunately it can be reached by boat along the Pacific coast of Katmai. Take a power boat from the villages of Naknek or King Salmon to reach locations along the Naknek River like Brooks Camp.
By Air: One of the most convenient ways to get to the park is using an air taxi from nearby Alaska towns and villages like Homer, Dillingham, King Salmon and Kodiak. There are regular commercial flights available to King Salmon using Alaska Airlines from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Wildlife to See Here
The star of the show in Katmai National Park is undoubtedly the brown bear, occurring in relatively large numbers in the Brooks Camp area during certain times of the year. There are a total of about 2200 of them estimated to be found in the park.
But it's also home to wolf, wolverine, lynx, weasel, porcupine, red fox, otter, moose, caribou, mink, marten, red squirrel, snowshoe hare, sea lions, sea otters, hair seals and many bird species.
Katmai Mountain And Volcano
There are at least 14 active volcanoes within the boundaries of Katmai National Park.
There have been three eruptions within the last 120 years, with the Novarupta one in 1912 ranking in the top five largest ever recorded. The Fourpeaked volcano erupted here in 2006.
Riffles Live Bear Cam - This camera is situated 100 yards downstream from Brook falls and covers an area that often plays host to mother bears and their playful cubs.
Lower River Bear Cam - This webcam is located where the Brooks River meets Naknek Lake and is a favourite spot for bear families avoiding the competition for food at Brook Falls.
Katmai Alaska Accommodation
There are several lodges available within the park itself such as Brooks, Grosvenor, Royal Wolf, Enchanted Lake, Katmai Wilderness, Kulik and the Battle River Wilderness Reteat.
There is also a wide variety of lodging outside the park in places like Naknek, Homer, Kodiak, King Salmon and Anchorage.
Summers here are cool and mostly cloudy and winters are snowy, windy, partly cloudy and freezing.
In the cold season from November to March, the average daily high temperature falls below 0.5°C (33°F). During the warm season which lasts from May To September, the average daily high temperature is above 13°C (57°F).
Rain falls throughout the year with March averaging the least at 0.6 inches and September the most averaging 3.1 inches. Snow occurs from October to April with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches.
History And Size
A smaller area known as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes (because of the Novarupta volcanic eruption in 1912) was first proclaimed a National Monument in 1918 by president Woodrow Wilson. In 1980 the area was expanded to its present size and became Katmai National Park and Preserve.
The park covers an area of 14,869 square km (5741 sq mi) and the preserve covers an additional 1,694 square km (654 sq mi).