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Katmai Fast Facts

  • Katmai National Park covers a total area of 4,725,188 acres
  • The number of people visiting Katmai in 2019 was 84,167 (All Years)
  • Katmai was made a national park on December 2, 1980
  • The lowest elevation found in Katmai is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean
  • The highest elevation found in Katmai is 7,606 feet on Mount Dennison
  • There is no entrance fee for Katmai National Park
  • Katmai National Park lies in the Alaska time zone

Random Facts About Katmai

  • On September 24, 1918, the Katmai area was 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 was changed to a national park, along with all other Alaskan national parks, by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.
  • The Katmai area is home to about 2,000 grizzly, or brown bears, the largest concentration known. People come from all over the world for the sole purpose of viewing them.
  • World famous Brooks Falls is the most popular place to view the bears. The Falls Platform has a limited capacity of 40 people. During the busy summer season, visitors are limited to one hour at a time on the Falls Platform.

Where is Katmai National Park?

Katmai National Park is located in a remote area of southern Alaska, in a historically very active volcanic area. The village of King Salmon is the closest town of any size. Most people begin their visit to Katmai from Anchorage. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Katmai.

More About Katmai

We have pages on all sorts of things about Katmai National Park. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, and Camping.

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