“For I believe that climate does thus react on man – as there is something in the mountain-air that feeds the spirit and inspires.”
– Henry David Thoreau.
Katmai Park Info
- Alaska has 23 National Parks within its borders.
- Katmai National Park and Preserve includes 3 475 000 acres of dedicated wilderness.
- The explosion of Mount Katmai in 1912 was the largest volcanic eruption of the last century.
- The EXXON-VALDEZ oil spill of 1988 devastated the Katmai coastline.
Katmai National Park is home to the greatest bear viewing in the world. Scientists estimate Katmai’s brown bear population to be around 2000 bears. World famous Brooks Falls is here, Hallo Bay, Geographic Harbor, the Valley of 10 000 Smokes and the southern reaches of the Alaska Range. Biologically critical habitat for a rich biological diversity, nearly 30 species of land animals, 6 of sea mammals, 150 species of birds, and 28 of fish, as well as uncounted intertidal and coastal species all call this place home.
Katmai National Monument was designated in 1918, established primarily to protect then recently active Mount Katmai and the nearby Valley of 10 000 Smokes. Expanded in 1980 to become Katmai National Park and Preserve, the area comprises over 4 million acres, much of which is designated wilderness.
The park was designated both “Park and Preserve’ in 1980 to protect subsistence lifestyle rights for local inhabitants; ANILCA (The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act ) stipulates that all rural people may continue their subsistence practices on preserve lands. Most of the Alaska National Parks dedicated under ANILCA in 1980 protected subsistence rights in both the Park and the Preserve areas, but in Katmai, subsistence hunting access is limited to the preserve.