Katmai National Park and Preserve Travel Guide
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Brown Bear and Cubs
Bears fishing at the upper falls
Park Ranger explains local geology
The most amazing photos you will ever take, with or without a great camera. Worth every penny getting there.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Katmai Campground: Katmai National Park Campground
The campground is by far the most economical place to stay. Although all that stands between your sleeping form and the bears is the nylon of your tent and an electrical fence. That being said, I slept quite well after the first night jitters. Anytime you camp in Alaska, use...
King Salmon hotel
Most visitors to Katmai NP pass through King Salmon. Here are a few hotels in case you need to spend the night in King Salmon I didnt stay at any of these hotels.Quinnat Lodge US$ 250 per night 907 246 3000King Ko Inn US$ 208 per night 907 246 3377Antlers Inn US$ 110 per...
Cabins at Brooks Camp
A company called Katmailand operates a dining hall and cabins at Brooks Camp. I never went inside the cabins but they looked nice and I think they even have running water and a toilet.
The most outstanding thing about the cabins would be the price. The least expensive I saw...
Brooks Camp campground: Staying at Katmai NP
The Katmai NP maintains a campground at Brooks Camp, about 1/4 mile from the visitor center. For US$ 8 per night you get a place to pitch a tent, cooking / fire areas, a food storage shed, and the company of fellow travellers. This was a pleasant campground - clean with...
Katmai Natl Park and Preserve: On your own
One more option is to backpack / camp into the park and camp wherever you like. The only restriction is that no camping is allowed within a few miles of Brooks Camp, presumably due to the very high bear density, There are at least two trails that begin at Brooks camp, or one...
Brooks Lodge dining hall: 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.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, as shown in the photo.
Updated Aug 9, 2005
Address: Brooks Camp
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...
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...
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...
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...
A few thoughts on what to bring
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.
Written Dec 13, 2005
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