Quick Tips for Visiting Katmai National Park : Hours, Fees

Katmai national park located in Alaska, US is the world’s best place for watching brown bears in their natural habitat. Established in 1918, this national park can be accessed only by boat or plane. It was established to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Novarupta and the valley of ten thousand smokes. This national park is an important habitat for salmon carrying 9,000 years of human history. 

How to reach Katmai National Park? 

Located on the Alaska Peninsula, northwest of Kodiak Island, most of the destinations are accessed via air taxi from Anchorage, Homer, Kodia, or KIng salmon. You can book chartered boats if in a large group or take tickets. These boats can access the pacific coast of Katmai. Remember it cannot be accessed by a car.

 What are the opening hours of the park?

Katmai national park is open throughout the year with the opening hours varying based on the season. Still if searching for potting lots of bears and beautiful views, plan your trip here in the months of June, July, and August. If you are someone who loves gaining historical information and needs a guided tour of the area, you better come between May and September.

Fees and passes

Guess what? Your visit to Katmai national park is free of cost. It means be it any time of day or any time of year you can visit the park, without worrying about tickets or passes. This is mainly because the main purpose of this place is to study and interpret active volcanism surrounding the valley of ten thousand smokes, extensive coastal resources, and habitats supporting a high concentration of salmon and brown bears. Many national park and wildlife enthusiasts take great interest in interpreting the relationship of humans with the dynamic subarctic ecosystem.

Things to do at Katmai National Park

With mesmerizing location and breathtaking views the one thing that you cannot forget is clicking tons of pictures for your social media post. This park offers you a camping ground at Brooks camp, one of Katmai’s most popular destinations. It offers you a combination of activities like sightseeing, fishing, and history. You can go on hiking when in this area. Though with less number of trails, it offers a wide range of experiences. You can even go hunting and trapping, as these are allowed in the park. Since there are a number of lakes and river streams, you can explore each one of them while boating and catching fish.

You even get lodging facilities here at brooks camp with hot meals and overnight stays. Reservations are necessary and can be made by visiting www.katmailand.com or by phone at 1-800-544-0551. These are available from June 1 until September 17.

Points to remember:

  • Since the weather can get stormy here at any time, carrying waterproof rain gear and extra food would help you during the pick-up delays from the charted plane.
  • No Wi-Fi or cell phone service is available in the park outside the King Salmon Visitor Center.
  • Trips are not wheelchair accessible.
  • You can expect to encounter bears during your visit hence, learning about bears before your visit will surely help you have more enjoyable and safe experience.

 

 

 

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