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Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park is located across from Kodiak Island on the Alaska Peninsula. The Park Headquarters are located in King Salmon, about 300 air miles from Anchorage. There are no roads to Katmai; the park is only accessible by air or boat.

Katmai National Park and Preserve covers over 7,000 square miles of wilderness. The area was originally established as Katmai National Monument to preserve the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a massive forty square mile pryoclastic ash flow created by the spectacular eruption of Novarupta Volcano in 1912. The National Park, named for Mount Katmai, was officially created in 1980.

Although Katmai National Park is still home to fourteen active volcanoes, the main attraction today is the park's brown bear population, estimated to be in excess of 2,000 bears. This makes Katmai home to the world's largest protected brown bear population. Brooks Camp, situated near Brooks River and Brooks Falls, offers some of the best bear viewing opportunities in the world.

Other activities offered in Katmai National Park include hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking and world-class sport fishing. Please visit the National Park website for Katmai National Park for more information.

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