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Katmai National Park and Preserve is a large park located about 250 miles west of Anchorage, and about 100 miles east of Bristol Bay. This is roughly the area where the Aluetian island chain connects with mainland Alaska.
This is an amazing region of active volcanoes, forests, lakes, and wildlife.
One of many things that makes Katmai unique is that you can only get there by floatplane. (Unless you happen to have a boat on the Naknek river.)
Nearly 100 years ago an enormous volcanic eruption occurred in this area, depositing a layer of pumice, 150 feet deep in places, above a wet glacial valley. When the area was explored a few years later, water was still steaming up through the hot pumice via thousands of vents. The Valley of 10,000 Smokes described the area well and the name stuck, although the area no longer has any steaming vents.
The fascinating geology was the initial justification for designating the area as a national park. It was mistakenly assumed that Katmai volcano had erupted, although it was later determined to be a nearby volcano which was named Novarupta.
Most people are attracted to Katmai NP for the exceptional wildlife. Brown Bears, in particular, converge on the Naknek Lake area and prosper on the rich Salmon runs during the summer.
The local wildlife makes a visit here most unique. Becuase of the high concentration of bears, every activity revolves around the bears, and close encounters are a daily occurrence.
- Pros:Peaceful, isolated, lots of Bears and Salmon
- Cons:Mosquitoes and biting flies
- In a nutshell:An experience of a lifetime
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