Katmai National ParkAlaska 

One of the premiere brown bear viewing areas in the world.

Katmai National Park and Preserve is a wilderness park with only one road and less than five miles of maintained trails.  It is known for brown bear viewing as well as world class trout and salmon fishing.  The most popular area is Brooks Lodge, which is typically acccessed by air from Anchorage or King Salmon.  However, there are more than 4 million acres to explore and enjoy.

Brooks Camp

Brooks Camp is the most visited area of Katmai National Park. Two viewing areas for brown bears catching and feeding on salmon are a short walk from here. From June 1 to September 18, there is a visitor center, campground, ranger station and meals/lodging available at Brooks Lodge. To reach Brooks Camp, most people take a small float plane operated by the park concessioner.

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

The collapse of Mount Katmai during one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history created the valley in 1912. It is named for the fumaroles that emerged after water was buried by ash and turned into steam. Visitors to the Valley generally arrive by bus after traveling 20 miles on the only road in Katmai.

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Brooks Camp Campground is located on the shores of Naknek Lake. There are no designated sites but capacity is limited to 60 people. The campground is surrounded by a bear resistant electric fence to minimize bear-human conflict.

There are no fees or permits for backcountry camping. However, certain areas are closed to camping during peak times for bears in order to minimize conflict. Camping in one location for more than 14 days is also prohibited.

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Brooks Lodge, Kulik Lodge and Grosvenor Lodge are all operated by the park’s concessioner, Katmailand.

Brooks Lodge is popular for bear viewing and fishing, with sixteen modern rooms. One to three night packages are available for bear viewing with longer packages available for fishing. Brooks Lodge is reached by Katmai Air from either King Salmon or Anchorage.

Kulik Lodge offers 3, 4 and 7 night packages to accommodate up to 28 anglers. On the banks of the Kulik River between Kulik Lake and Nonvianuk Lake, the standard day is seven nights. It is in the heart of some of the best rainbow trout and salmon fishing in the world.

Grosvenor Lodge is an intimate sportfishing lodge on Grosvenor Lake that accommodates only 4 to 6 at a time. Accessible from Grosvenor are two of the largest sockeye salmon spawning streams in the area.

Enchanted Lake Lodge is located on 54 acres of privately owned land within Katmai off Nonvianuk Lake. It hosts only twelve guests per week while providing six experienced guides to ensure personal attention. The 7 night, 6-day package price for 2017 is $9800 per person.

Katmai Wilderness Lodge offers up close wildlife opportunities and bear viewing from the coast of Katmai. A seven day package is roughly $5225 with 3 and 4 day packages also available. The lodge is accessible by float plane from Kodiak.

Katmai Lodge is a sportfishing lodge on the Alagnak River which offers packages ranging from 3-14 night stays. It is located outside the Alagnak Wild River National Park.

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