Katmai National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
4,725,188 acres
Annual Visitation
39,818 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
December 2, 1980
Entrance Fee
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at Pacific Ocean
Highest Elevation
7,606 feet on Mount Dennison
Lowest Average Temp
7F in February
Record Low Temp
-48F in 1989
Highest Average Temp
64F in July
Record High Temp
88F in 1953
Our Last Visit

Park Contact Information

Katmai National Park
PO Box 7, King Salmon, AK 99613
Info at (907) 246-3305
Fax to (907) 246-2116

Park Creation Timeline

On September 24, 1918, the area is designated a national monument in response to the 1912 eruption of Novarupta, which formed the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.
On December 2, 1980, the monument is changed to a national park, along with all other Alaskan national parks, by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.

Animals and Plants

Large mammals include caribou, grizzly bears, moose, wolves, and Dall sheep. Smaller mammals include coyotes, wolverines, lynx, voles, and arctic ground squirrels. There are about 2,000 grizzly, or brown bears, in the park, the largest concentration known. People come from all over the world for the sole purpose of viewing them.
There are very few reptiles and amphibians anywhere in Alaska due to the cold temperatures.

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