Katmai National Park
Katmai National Park was founded on December 2nd, 1980, making it a relatively young national park in America. Located in the US state of Alaska, up to 23,800 visitors travel to the Katmai National Park area every year. A superlative natural landscape extends over an impressive area of almost 15,000 square kilometers.
The name of the Katmai National Park is called Katmai National Park and Reserve in English.
Famous for its brown bears, Katmai National Park is located in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. More specifically, the park is located on the Alaska Peninsula across from Kodiak Island.
You can even go hunting in part of the park. In this specially marked area, the status of the park has been set to National Preserve. This means that this is a lower protection status and you can go hunting. However, this part is very small compared to the rest of the park area.
In addition to the Katmai National Park, there are other different nature reserves on the peninsula. There is the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve and the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
The Katmai National Park and the other parks can be reached by seaplane. The base for this is about 470 kilometers southwest of Anchorage in King Salmon.
Volcanic Activities in Katmai National Park
Katmai National Park has at least 14 active volcanoes. The most important volcanoes are called Katmai, Trident, Mageik, Martin and Griss. Juhle and Novarupta are also very important volcanoes. Novarupta erupted in 1912. This was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the past, resulting in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. When the Novarupta volcano erupted, a layer of stone and dust up to 200 meters thick was deposited within a radius of 65 square kilometers.
On September 24, 1918, the newly created area was placed under the protection of a National Monument.
In addition to the brown bears, the park is also known for its salmon. It’s not just the people who are enthusiastic about the salmon, they too Brown bears are fond of them.
On the observation deck at Naknek Lake, you can see many bears lying in wait for salmon.