Katmai National Park and Preserve Travel Guide

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Katmai National Park and Preserve Things to Do

  • Bear Photography

    When going here in September, the bears are getting ready for the hibernation. There is still some salmon, but there is nothing as crazy as in July. Take a tele-objective and a tripod, put on the wading boots and get into the river for some nice shots. But stay bear-safe!

  • Nature Photography

    The most amazing photos you will ever take, with or without a great camera. Worth every penny getting there.

  • Photography

    Obviously this is a great place to photograph bears. There is other wildlife here too, including Salmon and Eagles, and some fantastic mountains, volcanoes, and lakes. Even if you dont have the professional equipment that a few people in the photo have, you will still be able to get excellent pictures. The bears are so common and close, especially...

  • Bear watching

    An easy 2 mile trail runs from Brooks camp to three elevated bear viewing platforms. The first is just across the river from Brooks camp, at one end of a floating bridge. This floating bridge is a big part of the character at Brooks camp. The bridge is usually attended by a ranger. If a bear gets within 150 yards of the bridge, it is closed...

  • Run the gauntlet

    The camping area at Brooks camp is separated from the park service cabin and dining hall by about 1/4 mile. A trail connects the two, and runs just inland from the shoreline of Naknek lake. The bear use the beach as a roadway, and sometimes move through the woods across the trail, or even walk along the trail itself. Since bears have the right of...

  • Bus tour to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes

    A bus leaves once per day from Brooks Camp, and drives about 25 miles into the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. There are stops along the way where a ranger gives geological and historical interpretive talks. At the end of the road there is an optional hike into the valley, and along a river that cuts into the deep pumice deposits. The bus leaves around...


Katmai National Park and Preserve Restaurants

  • Camping buffet

    In Brooks Camp, there is a central lodge where food is served buffet style three times a day. Not cheap and a limited choice, but when you take into account where you actually are and how far the closest store is, you know this is better than you could ever have expected.

  • Best dining in Brooks Camp

    At Brooks Camp katmailand runs a dining hall. Food is buffet style and not bad, especially considering the isolation.In the photo is Barbara enjoying a 26 $ meal. Nothing fancy, but not bad. There is a fireplace and a bar, where you can watch bears and people competing for Salmon near the floating bridge. My favorite dish is the chocolate cake...

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Katmai National Park and Preserve Transportation

  • Katmai Air

    Katmai Air operates a charter service from King Salmon to Brooks Camp. I think they are run by Katmailand.Katmai Air is not the only charter avaliable in King Salmon, but they appeared to be the most popular. In July 2005 the charge was US$ 156 each person roundtrip King Salmon to Brooks Camp. We went one way on a turbine C-207 and returned in an...

  • To King Salmon

    Katmai NP is in a remote, roadless area of Alaska. Access to the park is generally by floatplane. A visitor can charter a floatplane from Anchorage, Kodiak, or elsewhere to fly directly to the park. Or, more commonly, a visitor can fly a scheduled airline flight to King Salmon, about 30 miles west of Katmai, then charter a floatplane for the short...

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Katmai National Park and Preserve Warnings and Dangers

  • Whitesocks

    You are probably expecting something about bears. But the biggest problem we had were the little biting flies called Whitesocks. These small flies get their name from white stripes on thier legs. In July 2005 the rangers and returning visitors said that this was by far the worst summer ever for these bugs. A Whitesock is a stealthy insect that...

  • Bears

    The bear density in parts of Katmai NP, including Brooks camp, is very high during Salmon runs. The presence of bears and humans in such close proximity is not a natural situation. So there is always the danger of a bad encounter with a bear.There are two basic rules at Brooks camp - The bears have the right of way, and people should not be any...

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Katmai National Park and Preserve What to Pack

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    by MTrav Written Dec 13, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Something you can carry for a good distance. A small backpack or bag for hikes and the floatplane ride.
    If you are camping at the campsite, a bag to keep you food in the food cache.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A headnet and plenty of bug spray. You will need a real mosquito headnet. Bugspray should contain DEET.

    Long sleeve shirts and pants. There are times when the bugs arent too bad and you could get away with shorts for awhile. Also consider bringing older clothes, becuase its likely that you will get blood on them from whitesocks. We ruined quite a few pieces of clothing this way.

    Maybe some tape to wrap around your ankles and wrists (for bugs).

    Raingear - although it didnt rain much while we were there. Temperatures were between 50 and 80 degrees F.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is a shower available - i think it was about 5$.

    Photo Equipment: Whatever youve got, and lots of film.

    Electric power is generally unavaliable at Brooks camp, so extra batteries for the digital cam and videocameras.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are camping, make sure your tent is bugproof - those whitesocks will find any holes!

    A backpacker stove that uses white gas - you can buy fuel at the dining hall. Propane canisters or full fuel bottles are not allowed on the airplanes.

    Miscellaneous: Fishing gear - see the park website for details. A freezer is available at Brooks camp.

    Wheres that %$@&^ bugspray!
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