Katmai National Park and
P.O. Box 7
King Salmon, Alaska 99613
WELCOME to Katmai
Katmai National Monument was created in
1918 to preserve the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a
spectacular forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited
by Novarupta Volcano. A National Park & Preserve since 1980, today
Katmai is still famous for volcanoes, but also for brown bears,
pristine waterways with abundant fish, remote wilderness, and a rugged
The Cultural Resources program at
Katmai National Park and Preserve documents people in the parks, now
and in the past, and helps preserve places with special history.
People have made their homes in Katmai
National Park and Preserve for at least 9,000 years. Cultural
resources professionals help share the stories of people with ties to
the park, then and now.
In Alaska, as in the rest of the United
States, the National Park Service recognizes and manages five basic
types of cultural resources:
Physical evidence of past human occupation or activity (the National
Park Service recognizes two basic subcategories; prehistoric and
historic archeological sites).
Geographic areas associated with a historic event, activity, or
person; or that exhibit other cultural or aesthetic values (this
category includes designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes).
Cultural landscapes encompass both cultural and natural resources as
well as any wildlife or domestic animals that have historic
associations with the landscapes.
Sites, structures, objects, landscapes, or natural features of
traditional importance to a contemporary cultural group.
Material things that possess scientific, historical, cultural or
aesthetic values (usually movable by nature or design).
Constructed works created to serve some human activity (usually
immovable by nature or design � buildings, bridges, earthworks,
roads, rock cairns, etc. � prehistoric or historic).
The authentic remnants of our
cultural legacy give us an irreplaceable tangible link to our past
that cannot be replaced by a book or an article. These authentic
places and objects are material touchstones to a past that we
experience for ourselves.
They serve as material anchors to our past
and reference points to our future that cannot be easily erased or
eliminated. We can see them, touch them, connect with them in such a
way that we can know the past actually happened. Each generation can
learn from the ruins, the buildings, and the objects of the past;
these are the landmarks that link us over time and space and give
meaning and orientation to our lives.
Places to Picnic
- Float Plane Access
- Lake Camp
- Brooks Camp Visitor's Center
Plan Your Visit
Katmai National Park and Preserve spans
nearly five million acres of remote spectacular country. Glaciated
volcanoes and desolate volcanic rubble rise above jagged cliffs and
dense alder thickets. The Valley of 10,000 Smokes stands as a reminder
of the incredibly powerful volcanic eruption that occurred in 1912 and
was heard as far as Juneau.
The park and preserve host an
incredible density of brown bears (over 2000 bears were estimated in
the park and preserve in a recent survey). Many of the bears are lured
in by the high number of fish during the salmon runs of summer.
Sport-fishing too is world renown in
the park as many people are attracted to the trophy rainbow trout
swimming in the many rivers and streams. Anglers also come to fish for
sockeye (red) salmon, silver (coho) salmon, Dolly Varden, and lake
Much of the park is rarely visited and
opportunities for incredible wilderness experiences abound. Other
areas, such as Brooks Camp, are more easily accessed and have various
Katmai is one of the premier brown bear
viewing areas in the world. The most recent bear survey documented
over 2000 brown bears in the park and preserve. Brooks Camp is the
most visited area of the park where brown bear congregate to feed on
sockeye salmon at the Brooks Falls or the Brooks River. Viewing
platforms have been set up to accommodate visitor numbers without
affecting bear behavior.
Outside of Brooks Camp, other areas
along the coast and in the preserve also host bear viewing activities.
On the coast, Hallo Bay and Geographic Harbor are two popular areas.
In the preserve, Moraine Creek and Funnel Creek also attract bear
viewers. Bears frequent specific areas at different times, primarily
related to food availability.